By choosing to study A-Level German, you will be able to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in German for a variety of purposes. You will be able to listen and respond to a variety of spoken sources as well as read and respond to writing in a variety of styles. You will also be able to speak German to express facts, ideas, explanations and opinions both verbally and in writing.
You will also develop an understanding of grammar and be able to apply this. A-Level German will also allow you to develop a cultural awareness of Germany and other German-speaking countries and regions. It is recommended that you have studied GCSE German before commencing A-Level German.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. You will study four set units for the award of A-Level German. The assessment for A-Level German is by role-play, topic discussion and exam.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- OCR AS-Level German
The two core units for AS-Level German are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Sub-topics include daily living, leisure and entertainment, communication and media, education and training.
- AQA AS-Level German
The Listening, Reading and Writing and Speaking Test will cover a variety of topics such as the media, popular culture, healthy/living/lifestyle, family/relationships and popular culture.
- Edexcel AS-Level German
Across the two units, Spoken Expression and Response in German and Understanding and Written Response in German, you will be able to converse in German as well as read and respond to writings in a number of topics. These include youth culture and concerns, lifestyle, the world around us, education and employment.
- WJEC AS-Level German
In the first unit, Oral in German and the second unit, Listening, Reading and Writing in German, you will demonstrate your knowledge of responding to both spoken and written German. The topics that you will focus on in your learning are individuals and society, leisure and lifestyles.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations AS-Level German
The two components are the Speaking Test and the Reading and Writing. These cover a variety of topics, such as the young people, urban and rural life, religion and belief, work and leisure, education, pollution, sport and the developing world.
You may also choose to study AS-Level German – Language and this will focus on achieving fluency, accuracy and confidence in German.
- CCEA AS-Level German
In the first AS unit, Speaking and the second unit, Listening, Reading and Writing, you will focus on a variety of topics including relationships, health and lifestyle and young people in society.
The A2 German is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level German. This is not a separate award. The A2–Level German with the AS-Level German makes up the A-Level German. A2-Level German will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level German.
- OCR A2 German
The A2 units are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing and both of these will continue to develop your German reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Topics that you will focus on are society, environment, science, technology, and culture.
- AQA A2 German
The A2 units will allow you to develop your AS German knowledge and skills in the two components of Listening, Reading and Writing and Speaking. You will focus on topics such as the environment, contemporary social issues and the multicultural society. You will also study a German cultural topic, such as history or literature.
- Edexcel A2 German
In the Understanding and Spoken Response in German, you are able to demonstrate your spoken and written skills with an issue of your own choice. In Research, Understanding and Written Response in German you will produce an essay as well as research a topic that relates to the German-culture. As well as the AS topics, additional topics include customs, traditions, beliefs and religions, events and literature and the arts.
- WJEC A2 German
You will build on your AS knowledge in the A2 units, Oral in German and Listening, Reading and Writing in German. Both of these will allow you to demonstrate your language skills in responding to both spoken and written German. The additional topics that you will study are environmental, social and political issues.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations A2 German
The A2 components will continue to build on AS knowledge and skills in the Speaking Test and the Reading and Writing, again covering a wide selection of sub-topics.
- CCEA A2 German
In the A2 units, Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, you will develop your AS speaking reading and writing skills around a selection of topics that include local and global citizenship and environmental awareness.
A-Level German Exam Board Information
- The specification for AQA AS-Level and A-Level German and is available on their website.
- The specification for OCR AS and A-Level German is available here.
- The Edexcel AS and A-Level German specification is available here.
- The WJEC A-Level German specification is on the WJEC website.
- The relevant year syllabus for Cambridge International AS and A-Level German is available here.
- The CCEA A-Level German specification is available on the CCEA website.
Many students choose to study A-Level German so that they can study German at university. A number of students will study other languages alongside, such as French.
A-Level German may also be a popular choice for students who wish to study Engineering, Science or Economics at university as this can help to open up further career opportunities in Europe after graduation. Other career opportunities include translation, linguistics and teaching.
Other Useful Information
- Past papers for Edexcel A-Level German are available here.
- AQA have past papers available.
- WJEC offer past papers on their website.
- There are a number of past question papers available for the University of Cambridge International Examinations AS-Level German.
- OCR past papers for A-Level German are available on their website.
- There is a selection of CCEA past papers for A-Level German available on the CCEA website.
- There is a variety of links to German resources here.
- This site offers a variety of revision questions for German speaking tests.