The specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE.

Topics studied: Family, the digital world, youth culture:

  • Fashion,
  • Music and TV
  • Festivals and tradition
  • Art and architecture
  • The Berlin cultural scene – past and present
  • The film “Goodbye, Lenin!”

In Year 13 the following topics are studied: Immigration, integration, racism, Germany and the European Union, politics and youth, reunification and its consequences and the book ”Der Vorleser” by Bernhard Schlink.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in German and Grade 5 in English Language


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Written exam: Two hours 30 minutes (100 marks/50% of A Level)

Paper 2: Writing

Written exam: Two hours (80 marks/20% of A Level) two essays – one essay on the film studied (choice of two questions) and one essay on the book studied (choice of two questions).

Paper 3: Speaking

Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including five minutes preparation time) (60 marks/30% of A Level)

What Next?

Having studied a language is a highly valued skill by universities and employers. It compliments careers in Finance, Business, Engineering, Tourism, Diplomacy, Civil Service and Education. For the past five years, nearly 90% of our students who chose to study a language degree or a joint honours degree with a language got a place in a Russell group university.

German Subject Leader: Mrs L Salley-Mckenzie

Syllabus: AQA

Course Specification: AS 7661/ A Level 7662

Qualification: A Level