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Why German?

In our multilingual global society, studying any foreign language will help you to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people and to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment. Through studying A level French you will develop a wide range of both knowledge and skills. You will learn to communicate effectively, present arguments and points of view clearly on a whole range of topics and broaden your outlook in a variety of areas.

You may need languages for all sorts of career destinations- doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas; businessmen, bankers and entrepreneurs all need language skills to make deals and sell products on the global market. Politicians, historians, geographers and holiday reps all need language skills to get to know the people and area that they are passionate about. Languages can take you to some wonderful places and give you many brilliant opportunities. It’s an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and you'll have better options for your future.

If you want to develop your language skills to a high level and deepen your understanding of German language and culture, immerse yourself in German broadcasts, read German magazines and newspapers, watch German television and become a sought after employee by multi-national companies then German should be the subject for you.

Summary of Content

The WJEC AS and A level in German provides an engaging and exciting opportunity for learners to build on their previous study of German. Through social, intellectual and cultural themes learners will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. An opportunity to study literature and film will allow learners to undertake a deeper analysis of language structures and increase their cultural awareness as part of an integrated approach to language learning. A strong focus is placed on building learners' confidence and fluency in spoken German using relevant and topical themes. The requirement to research an area of personal interest related to the country or countries where the language of study is spoken aims to enhance learners' cultural appreciation and enable them to gain a greater awareness of intercultural differences.

Area of interest (i): Social issues and trends

Theme 1: (AS)

Being a young person in French-speaking society

  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity
  • Educational and employment opportunities

Theme 3: (A level)

Diversity and difference

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Discrimination and diversity

Area of interest (ii): Political, intellectual and artistic culture

Theme 2: (AS)

Understanding the German-speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in German
  • German-speaking countries and communities
  • Literature, art, film and music in the German speaking world

Theme 4: (A level)

The Making of Modern Germany: 1989 onwards

  • Initial and subsequent process of reunification
  • Social cohesion in present-day Germany
  • Artistic and political movements
  • Economic impact of a united Germany

AS Units

Unit 1: Speaking

Non-exam assessment: 12-15 minutes (plus additional 15 minutes preparation time)

12% of qualification 48 marks

Task 1: Arguing a point of view based on a written stimulus card (5-6 minutes)

Task 2: Discussion based on a second written stimulus card (7-9 minutes)

Unit 2: Listening, reading, translation and critical response in writing

Written examination: 2 hour 30 minutes 28% of qualification 84 marks

Section A: Listening

Section B: Reading

Section C: Translation – from German into English/Welsh

Section D: Critical response in writing

Prescribed works at AS

Four films are available for study at AS. Candidates are required to study only one:

1. Til Schweiger: Barfuss  A feature film (2005)

2. Hϋseyin Tabak: Das Pferd auf dem Balkon A feature film (2012)

3. Bettina Blümner: Scherbenpark  A feature film (2013)

4. Benjamin Quabeck: Nichts bereuen  A feature film (2001)

A2 Units

Unit 3: Speaking

Non-exam assessment: 11-12 minutes

18% of qualification 72 marks

Independent research project

(a) Presentation of independent research project (2 minutes)

(b) Discussion on the content of the independent research project (9-10 minutes)

Unit 4: Listening, reading and translation

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

30% of qualification 100 marks

Section A: Listening

Section B: Reading

Section C: Translation – from English/Welsh into German

Unit 5: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book)

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

12% of qualification 40 marks

One essay question – based on the study of one literary work taken from the prescribed list

Prescribed works at A level

Four literary works are available for study at A level. Candidates are required to study only one.

1. Bertold Brecht: Der gute Mensch von Sezuan  A play (1943)

2. Friederich Dürrenmatt: Die Physiker  A play (1962)

3. Dirk Kurbjuweit: Zweier ohne  A novel (2001)

4. Siegfried Lenz: Das Fundbüro  A novel (2003)

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