During your first year you will build upon the knowledge that you have gained from your GCSE course. You will study a wide variety of aspects of the social and cultural life of Germany, and you will also study a well-known film in detail. To improve your language use you will develop your skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing though studying a range of modern texts. In your second year we will consider some political aspect of the country you are studying and closely examine some works of fiction. Throughout the course you will be taught about the building blocks of the language and will practice the grammar.
Higher Education Destinations:
- The University of Sheffield – History and Politics
- The University of Birmingham – Modern Languages
- The University of Manchester – Genetics with a Modern Language
- The University of Chester – Chinese Studies and International Development Studies
Knowledge of a modern foreign language is useful in a range of different careers, including Translation, Business Studies, Law, Tourism and Marketing. Knowledge of a language will help in any career that requires communication skills, problem solving skills, initiative, flexibility or experience of other cultures. Languages are highly valued by Russell Group universities and will facilitate progression onto any degree programme.
You will need at least a grade 6 in German at GCSE level.
70% listening, reading and writing; 30% speaking. The examination consists of three papers. Assessment is 100% examination-based.
In addition to your AS level course you could also take up an Enrichment course that gives you the chance to learn a new language over 14 weeks or to develop your practical skills in an existing language at post GCSE level (German, French or Spanish).
In both instances the courses focus on developing speaking and listening skills in a vocational context for particular use in future employment.
Student Case Studies:
“German was an obvious choice for me. I had a good grounding in the language, was interested in German culture and history and it complemented my other subjects. I particularly enjoyed the exchange in Berlin which was an unforgettable experience and really made a difference to my language skills. I also enjoyed the cultural topics element of the course and studying German literature and film. Studying German at OSFC has had a huge impact on me and I have decided to spend a year getting useful work experience in Berlin before possibly going to university to study the language. Choosing German was a fantastic decision.”