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Poetry and Rhetoric

Studying any language at a higher level is not only enjoyable for our students but gives access to a wide range of university courses at top universities. German is offered at various levels in Higher Line:


The syllabus chosen is AQA German. Link to AQA website. 

The qualification is linear meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the two year course.

The course is assessed through 3 papers.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing. 2 hour and 30 minutes examination which is worth 50% of the total A-Level. This includes Aspects of German speaking society, Artistic culture in the German-speaking world, Multiculturalism in German-speaking society, Aspects of Political life in the German-speaking society and Grammar.

Paper 2: Writing. 2 hour examination which is worth 20% of the total A-Level. This includes either one text and one film or two texts from the lists set in the specification.

Paper 3: Speaking. Oral examination lasting 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) which is worth 30% of the total A-Level.

The A-Level syllabus broadens its scope to include many other different topics which feature in the news such as Immigration, Racism and Politics. Students are tested on their active skills in Speaking and Writing. They must prepare a debate, talk about wider issues, write language essays, do translations into German and also study a research-based topic.

IB Diploma
This can be studied at Standard or at Higher Level.  German IB is a subject that requires independent study skills and an aptitude for and an interest in languages.

IB German A Literature
This course is for mother-tongue speakers of German who wish to study several works of German literature as well as other works translated into German. HL students study 13 texts over 2 years and SL students study 10. Pupils are examined in their ability to analyse, judge and evaluate literary works in both spoken and written exams.

Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more details.

IB German B
This course caters for second-language Germanists who ideally will have achieved a good grade at GCSE level. Topics studied include Communication and Media, Global issues and Social Relationships. Pupils are tested in their ability to speak, read and write German in an essentially more creative selection of challenging but rewarding tasks.

Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more details.

IB ab initio German
Students on this course will not have studied German before but are required to reach a standard on a par with AS level in 2 years. The three main themes are Individual and Society, Leisure and Work and the Urban/Rural Environment. However the themes require an integrated approach and are tested using a wide variety of different stimulus styles.

Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more details.