Listening, reading & writing – Exam Paper – 50% of marks
Writing – Exam Paper – 20% of marks
Speaking – Exam – 30% of marks
Being a young person in German-speaking society
Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships, citizenship, youth trends, issues
and personal identity, educational and employment opportunities
Understanding the German-speaking world
Regional culture and heritage in Germany, German speaking countries and communities; Germany, Austria
and Switzerland in a European context; Literature, art, film and music in the German speaking world.
Diversity and difference
Migration and integration; Cultural identity and marginalisation; Cultural enrichment and celebrating
difference; Discrimination and diversity.
The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards
Initial and subsequent process of reunification; Social cohesion in present-day Germany; The economic impact
of a united Germany.
Film and literature
Discussion of the film “Goodbye Lenin” by Wolfgang Becker; Discussion of a literary work “Der Vorleser” by
Opportunities in the Subject
We run a popular, cultural visit to Berlin for all German language students, which ties in well with our topics.
Students will have the opportunity to experience the German language and culture in the German capital.
We also regularly visit Manchester Metropolitan University to attend workshops and study days designed
specifically for A level language students. Our students also have the opportunity to take up work experience in German speaking countries through the Halsbury Travel company. Furthermore, each language student gets speaking practice in smaller groups in conversation classes and we also offer grammar and skills workshops
for consolidation and practice.