MFL – German

How long does it last? Two years for A Level, one year for AS Level
Course Code: AQA 7661 and 7662
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7661 and http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662

Students who take this course:
Students will have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE German. Students will be interested in the culture and way of life in the countries where German is spoken and it is likely that students will spend time in one of these countries on an educational visit or exchange. Students will need to take a positive interest in current affairs and ethical issues in general. Students could go on to study languages further at degree level and language graduates are sought after and highly employable. Languages are also enabling A Levels for a vast range of degree courses.

Course Description:

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specification. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read German newspapers as well as visiting German speaking countries.

Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend German in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily in German for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into German-speaking cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

AS and A Level students will be assessed in the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the language of study, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.

AS students will study two of the following themes, A Level students will study all four of the following themes:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Artistic culture
  • Grammar

Students will also be required:

  • at AS Level, to know, understand and respond critically in writing in the language of study to one work chosen from a prescribed list provided. Students must choose either a literary work or a film.
  • at A Level, study and critically appreciate in writing two works, one of which must be a literary work.