A Level German (Reformed 2016)

What is German?

Through a multitude of topics, you will learn to communicate at a sophisticated level in the language. At GCSE level, the emphasis is on knowledge of vocabulary and everyday transactions such as buying or ordering food and drink or telling your doctor about your aches and pains. In addition there are the various skills such as writing letters to pen-friends and understanding short, texts and listening to brief, recorded items. At A level, the emphasis shifts to a much higher level where you are expected to offer opinions, to evaluate and to comment on key aspects of the country in which the target-language is spoken. The vocabulary is accordingly at a more demanding level. Nevertheless, it will prove an enjoyable course which enables students to explore in depth various aspects of the recent history, society, culture and, of course, language of the country.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

This qualification offers a suitable progression route from GCSE, focusing on the development of all four language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar and the mastering of linguistic features are key elements of this qualification as is the inclusion of authentic written and spoken sources, responding through writing to literature and film, and independent research. Any student who has an interest in the language, culture and society of Germany and other German-speaking countries and communities, would be highly suited to this subject. Through preparations for the oral examination, students find that their debating and interview skills are greatly enhanced. Linguists are highly regarded by employers for their confidence in communicating ideas and presenting themselves; it is therefore a sensible choice if you are targeting Law, Medicine, Business Administration amongst many other degree courses. A qualification in German offers a suitable progression route to further study at university level. The study of one language at GCE can facilitate and help promote the learning of other languages – skills which are lacking in the UK’s workforce. The qualification may also add to an individual’s employability profile, particularly for UK organisations trading overseas as well as with international companies based in the UK and globally. Students can progress to a wide range of careers in areas such as journalism and media, education, science, medicine, the civil service, sales, marketing, retail, and charities.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

We will study a wide variety of social issues and trends according to themes set out in the Edexcel specification, such as education, the world of work, media, politics and cultural festivals and traditions. You will receive guidance on using a wide range of resources including the
Internet, newspapers, TV programmes, tapes and books and all four language skills will overlap and complement each other with continuous reinforcement of grammar to increase confidence in accurate communication. In addition, you will be encouraged to visit Germany at some point
during the course; trips to see German films or plays may be arranged. Students who study a language always grow in confidence and become more aware of the issues in the world around them and develop a broad understanding of current affairs. he personal enjoyment of being able to speak another language is immeasurable, as well as being able to enjoy the fruits of that cultural heritage.

AS Specification Number
Edexcel 8GNO

 

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation. 40% of final qualification. 1 hour 45 mins.

  • Section A: Listening – A listening assessment based on a recording, featuring male and female German speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.
  • Section B: Reading – A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions.
  • Section C: Translation into English – An unseen passage to be translated from German to English.

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation. 30% of final qualification. 1 hour 40 mins.

  • Section A: Translation (20 marks) – Students translate an unseen passage from English into German.
  • EITHER Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) – Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen literary text. If a student answers a question in this section then they do not complete section C.
  • OR Section C: Written response to works (films* – likely option) – Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen film. If a student answers a question in this section then they do not complete section B.

Paper 3: Speaking. 30% of final qualification. 27-30 minutes, including 15 minutes’ formal preparation time.
Students complete two tasks.

  • Task 1 (discussion on a Theme) – Students discuss one Theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.
  • Task 2 Part 1, (independent research presentation) – Students present a summary of at least two of the written sources they have used for their research and give a personal response to what they have read.
  • Task 2, Part 2, (discussion on independent research) – Students answer questions on their presentation and then have a wider discussion on their research.

*The film to be studied for AS level will be taken from one of the following:
Good Bye, Lenin!, dir. Wolfgang Becker (2003)
Das Leben der Anderen, dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Stocker P Wort für Wort Hodder Education

Students should own a large Collins or Oxford bilingual dictionary.

Edexcel authorised text book. At the time of publishing this is as yet unavailable. As this is a new qualification and all exam boards are still finalising their draft specifications and related published materials, specific textbooks to be advised.

A Level

MPW approach to A level study

This will be a continuation of the approaches in the first year of study. Grammar will continue to be practised as well as the linguistic structures. Much of the lesson will be conducted in the target language to develop listening skills. Both oral and essay skills will be developed through
regular presentations, debates and discussions. The choice of topics and texts will be made by the tutor from the broad range offered by the board. Students will be encouraged to listen to radio broadcasts, watch films and TV programmes and read magazines and newspapers in
the target language. It is essential that students take an interest in the culture and society of Germany and German-speaking countries and communities as this underpins their study of the language as well as prepares them for the examination papers.

A Level Specification Number
Edexcel 9GN0

 

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation. 40% of final qualification. 2 hours

  • Section A: Listening – A listening assessment based on a recording, featuring male and female German speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.
  • Section B: Reading – A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions.
  • Section C: Translation into English – An unseen passage to be translated from German to English.

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation. 30% of final qualification. 2 hours 40 mins.

  • Section A: Translation – Students translate an unseen passage from English into German.
  • Section B: Written response to works (literary texts*) – Students must write an extended response on either one or two of the literary texts chosen by the tutor. Students select one question from a choice of two for each of their chosen literary text(s). If a student answers questions on two literary texts then they do not complete section C.
  • Section C: Written response to works (films**) – Students who answer only one question from a literary text in Section B must now write an extended response on one film. Students select one question from a choice of two for the chosen film.

Paper 3: Speaking. 30% of final qualification. 21–23 minutes, including 5 minutes’ formal preparation time.
Students complete two tasks.

  • Task 1 (discussion on a Theme) – Students discuss one Theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.
  • Task 2 Part 1, (independent research presentation) – Students present a summary of at least two of the written sources they have used for their research and give a personal response to what they have read.
  • Task 2, Part 2, (discussion on independent research) – Students answer questions on their presentation and then have a wider discussion on their research.

*The literary text to be studied for A level will be taken from one of the following:
Andorra, Max Frisch, 1961 (play)
Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll, 1974 (novel)

**The film to be studied for A level will be taken from one of the following:
Der Untergang, dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel (2004)
Good Bye, Lenin!, dir. Wolfgang Becker (2003)
Das Leben der Anderen, dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Stocker P Wort für Wort Hodder Education

Students should own a large Collins or Oxford bilingual dictionary.

Edexcel authorised text book. At the time of publishing this is as yet unavailable. As this is a new qualification and all exam boards are still finalising their draft specifications and related published materials, specific textbooks to be advised.

Jonathon

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Exeter University (Business Management)

I chose MPW because of the academic support provided by the college, which was instrumental in helping me throughout the challenging nature of my one-year A level courses. The weekly Timed Assignments and assistance provided by the Personal Tutor system helped me in areas I had previously struggled. Playing for the college football team was a great release from the challenging academic nature of the year and it helped me build friendships with other students in the college.

Shivali

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
Leeds University (Dentistry)

The best part about studying at MPW is the friendly, encouraging and supportive classroom environment that MPW provides.  It makes asking for help and reaching your potential easy and enjoyable. The college really helps students to believe in themselves.  The Personal Tutor system is great because it is available for you to use to whatever extent you might need whether that be having weekly meetings or meeting every now and then for a quick catch up to analyse my current progress.  The weekly Timed Assignments have also enabled me to build my confidence in the build up to my exams.  They help you to feel comfortable in an exam environment, as well as enable you to consolidate the material you need to recall in the final exams

Annabel

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AB

Progressed to
Exeter University (International Relations and History)

“Having not achieved the grades I wanted or needed in my A levels at my previous college I decided that retaking would be the best option for me.  I have found the small classes at MPW to be a real asset, and that, coupled with the fantastic teaching, has certainly enabled me to grow academically. Further to this, both the academic support and the university guidance provided by the college have been exceptional.”

Renee

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A

Progressed to
Manchester University (Dentistry)

After failing to get into Dental School last year I lost a lot of confidence and was worried that I might never get into my dream course.  The one-to-one support you get from MPW is so much more efficient compared to the main stream schools and colleges. The individual help you get for applying to University which includes interview support is amazing. No matter if you are a resit or a first time student, no one judges you and as long as you are hardworking and want to be a success.

Jake

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
Oxford University (Mathematics)

I joined MPW because I wanted to be part of a close knit community that focuses on helping students attain the grades they are really capable of.  Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor who assists them in all aspects of student life.  I would recommend the individual and personally tailored care given to any student looking to expand their academic horizons.  The encouragement and support has allowed me to aim high and achieve results that I had previously thought weren't possible. 

Cordelia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
King’s College London (Dentistry)

MPW gave me a second chance in pursuing a career in dentistry. The small class sizes and weekly timed assessments gave me and my tutors a clear indication of my progress.  The rigorous teaching schedules, structured and tailored to my personal needs, was exactly what I needed. MPW placed heavy focus on exam technique as the key to achieving the required higher grades. Being able to talk with my tutors at any time in the day was an invaluable aid. It was also clear how much the teachers took a personal interest in the development of each individual student.

Josephine

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of Warwick (Management)

I joined MPW having not fulfilled my academic potential during my AS level exams at my previous school. I decided to retake my AS year at MPW and it was the best decision I ever made. The tutors at MPW have pushed me to achieve my maximum potential and have greatly improved my academic performance. The best part of studying at MPW is the weekly timed assignments as they ensure that you continuously review and revise work as well as helping you to make weekly improvements on exam technique.

Olivia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Bristol University (Dentistry)

Throughout my time at MPW I have been provided with constant support.  The college has prepared me for not only my exams but also the university interviews I attended.  It has been an amazing experience from start to finish.  The friendly and welcoming environment created by the staff and students made it an ideal setting for me to concentrate on achieving my targets.

Alex

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
University of Birmingham (Law)

I came to MPW with very low self-confidence after under-achieving at AS level at my previous school, and have left with greater confidence about my academic ability and with a definite degree of clarity about what I hope to achieve in terms of my career. My experience at my previous school was that those with Oxbridge potential receive the most support and attention. This is not the case at MPW. I have found that it does not matter about that what the student's potential may be, each student receives the same amount of help to achieve their goals.