Why study A level German?

German is the study of the language, history and culture of three leading European nations: Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Whilst appearing challenging at first, the German language is built following a pattern of grammar rules.  We aim to help you learn these rules, in order for you to be able to communicate confidently and effectively in German, whilst understanding how German fits into an increasingly global economy.  If you enjoy communicating with different people and learning about the varied history and culture of different countries, then German is the subject for you.  If you are able to spot patterns in language and apply them, then you are a natural linguist.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

The A-level course should increase your passion for German and lay the groundwork for further study in courses such as German or other languages.  It is also essential for a wide variety of careers, in such areas such as business, economics, politics, education and science.  65% of UK employers (CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2014) state that language skills are needed in their workplace, with German being the second most desired language.  Other professional careers also welcome a German qualification, as it shows an ability to communicate effectively with other people, empathise with different people and cultures and show an interest in the wider global community. In a climate where language skills are in demand, but few people study them, a language qualification will set any candidate apart from the rest of the field.  A-Level German students are in demand because they have a range of soft skills which can be transferred to other areas.

Key Information Summary:

Course TitleGerman
Examination BoardAQA
Linear Qualification?Yes
Course Webpage
Entry RequirementsGrade 5 in GCSE German and Grade 5 in English language.
Contact Teachers

Mr M Hulse:

Mrs W Stoner:

Course Details:

The AQA specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills you will have acquired whilst studying GCSE German. It includes a range of topics related to the German speaking world, including social issues and trends, political and artistic culture and grammar.  It provides a balanced, well-rounded study of German, in which language and grammar are developed, revisited and reinforced throughout the course through the cultural elements.  The subject content is relevant to the modern day German speaking world and interesting to learn.  There are many opportunities to develop practical communication skills which will benefit you throughout your future career.

AQA German is a linear course with terminal examinations at the end of the A-Level year.


Subject Content:

German is taught through 5 main topic areas:

Social issues and trends
Aspects of German speaking society:

  • The changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture

Multiculturalism in German speaking society:

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Political and Artistic Culture
Artistic culture in the German speaking world:

  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present

Aspects of political life in the German speaking world:

  • Germany and the European Union
  • Politics and youth
  • German re-unification and its consequences


Nouns, determiners, pronouns, adverbs and adverbials, modal particles, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, the case system, word formation, adjectives, tense, voice and mood, clause structure, word order


Goodbye, Lenin! Wolfgang Becker (2003), Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei, Hans Weingartner (2005), Sophie Scholl- Die Letzten Tage, Marc Rothemund (2005)

Zonenkinder, Jana Hensel

Individual Research Project

Students study a question or topic which is of interest to them related to the German speaking world.

Subjects studied at AS Level only are shown in italics.


Assessment details:

A Level – 2 Year Course
Paper 1 (50% of A-level)
2 hour 30 minutes paper, 100 marks
Aspects of German-speaking society
Artistic culture in the German speaking world Multiculturalism in German-speaking society
Aspects of political life in German-speaking society
GrammarListening and responding to texts in German (30 marks)
Reading and responding to texts in German (50 marks)
Translation into English- 100 words (10 marks)
Translation into German- 100 words (10 marks)Paper 2 (20% of A-level)
2 hour paper, 80 marks

Question on the set film
Question on the set book

Paper 3 (30% of A-level)
21-23 minutes, 60 marks.

Discussion of 2 sub-themes based on a stimulus card
(25 marks)

Presentation and discussion of individual research project
(35 marks)