A Level

Exam Board: AQA

2 years


Course Content:

At Alton College on the German A-Level course you will study:

  • Year One topics:  aspects of German-speaking society and artistic culture in the German-speaking world.  You will look at the everyday life of young people, in terms of family, youth culture and the digital world, plus a wide range of topics such as different traditions, art and architecture, and the cultural life of Berlin past and present.
  • Year Two topics:  Multiculturalism in German-speaking society and aspects of political life in the German-speaking world.  You will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss current affairs affecting German -speaking countries and to look at the changing role of Germany in Europe, Germany since Reunification and issues in modern society.  You will also revise and reinforce the first year topics.
  • One German film and one novel or play over the two years.
  • An Individual Research Project, investigating a topic related to the German-speaking world.  You have total freedom to choose your topic and carry out your research, with guidance from your teacher.
  • Language work: you will develop and expand your knowledge and understanding of German grammar and vocabulary with constant re-enforcement over the two years.
  • Speaking practice: in addition to classes, you will have weekly one-to-one sessions in very small groups with our wonderful native German conversation assistant to practise your spoken German and gain fluency and confidence.


100% exam
Exam papers in Listening, reading and writing; Writing; Oral

Studying at Alton College:

You work in pairs and groups and work at your own pace using audio, video, text and internet based resources in the multimedia language laboratory and via Moodle to develop skills in listening to longer passages and understanding  grammar to form complex sentences and write essays, translate and summarise.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

You will need to have achieved a grade 6 in German GCSE. 

Course costs:

Textbook: £30
Access to digital resources: £20 approx.
Possible overseas visit: £500 approx.

German works well with:

Any subject!!

Other Languages
English Language
English Literature