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Sixth Form


Course Title: 


German A-level

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What is it all about?


The course covers a wide range of subjects which touch on history, sociology, psychology and the arts. The course will include topics ranging from contemporary music to the political system of the country where the language is spoken. You will work on listening, reading, speaking, translation and writing skills in small groups with lots of one-to-one support from the teacher. You will also study a film in the first year and read a novel in the second year of the course.

As well as developing your awareness of German language and culture in the German-speaking world, you will also develop your understanding of more formal English as you continue to build on your linguistic skills and deepen your understanding of the links between the two languages. You will develop as a linguist, and develop your understanding of other cultures.


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How will I be assessed?

 You will take the A level exam at the end of Year 13.

  • A-level Unit 1 Listening, reading, translation into English and into target language – 40% of A level
  • Unit 2 Written paper – 30% of A level: you will write two essays, one about the film you have studied and one about the novel.
  • Unit 3 Speaking test – 30% of A level: for the speaking exam you have the opportunity to complete a research project on something of personal interest to you from the German-speaking world which you will present and discuss in the exam.


What are the entrance requirements?


A pass at Grade 4 GCSE is the minimum requirement for the A level exam. 

What skills do I need?

Successful students demonstrate communicative skills, organisation, a willingness to make mistakes and learn from them, enthusiasm in deepening their understanding of vocabulary and grammar, excitement in making links with their other subjects at A level, a wider appreciation of social and political issues in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and by comparison, the UK.

Future prospects?


  • You will learn more than just a language.  When you learn a language you develop skills which are transferable to lots of different situations, both at work and in your relationships with other people: arguing and explaining your opinions, convincing people that your ideas are worth hearing, understanding someone else’s point of view.
  • Many of our students have gone on to study German with another language, such as Russian, at degree level. When you learn one language it is easier to pick up another one.
  • Other students have combined a language with another subject such as Linguistics or Business Studies.

What do our students say?

  • “It is thanks to the languages department at Lady Lumley’s for believing in me which helped me believe in myself and succeed in doing what I am passionate about, languages.”
  • “Without the genuine concern of the MFL staff at Lady Lumley’s and their unyielding belief in their pupil’s abilities and futures, I would not be in the position I am today.”



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