A-Level German


Grade 6 or above in German.  Ideally you will have found GCSE in German quite straightforward and enjoyable. The course will build on knowledge gained at GCSE. You need to be relatively confident with most of the grammar, have a reasonable memory for vocabulary and be keen to learn more and work independently building your vocabulary base and subject knowledge.


Component 1: speaking (30% of the qualification). Two tasks. Task 1: presentation of an independent research project and a discussion on the content of the research project. Task 2: a discussion based on a written stimulus card with questions. 

Component 2:
 listening, reading and translation from German into English and English into German (50% of the qualification).

Component 3:
 critical and analytical response in writing (20% of the qualification). It comprises of two essay questions: one based on the study of literary work and the second on an additional literary work or film from a prescribed list. You are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

 EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTSComponent 1: speaking exam
Component 2:
listening, reading and translation
Component 3:
critical and analytical response


German combines well with a whole host of other subjects. It can be of particular use to students who are studying science, history, business studies, geography and art/humanities subjects – in other words it goes well with all subjects either as a specialism or as a ‘second string to your bow’.
Many degree subjects now offer the opportunity to spend some of the time abroad, thus gaining a qualification recognised in two countries e.g. law, business, economics etc. During the AS course, we actively encourage students to take part in the work experience programme run by Halsbury. It adds so much to your German learning experience and encourages you to actually use it in real life, which in turn strengthens your own language development.