What is German?

A-Level German will give you the opportunity to develop your linguistic skills while learning about Germany’s cultural life and political landscape. German will be ideal for students who want to enrich their main area of study and form a connection with one of the most influential European nations.

All our courses in German are taught in the target language by teachers who are passionate about their subject and promote full immersion, allowing students to quickly develop their communication skills.

How is it studied?

AQA A-Level German is taught within the two-year A-Level programme.

Throughout their studies, students will learn the language in the context of German-speaking societies. Students will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of society, and learning about the political landscape of Germany. To succeed in their exams, students will need to be exposed to the language at all times, and to engage in a wide variety of activities aimed at the development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The cultural component of the specification plays an important part so students must study either one text and one film, or two texts.

How is A-Level German assessed?

A Level

Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Listening, reading and writing 50% Written exam: 2.5 hours
2 Writing 20% Written exam: 2 hours
3 Speaking 30% Oral exam: 5 mininute prep, plus 16-18 minute exam


Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

A-Level German builds on the knowledge and skills gained in GCSE. Ideally, you will have a good grade in GCSE German or previous knowledge of the language. A logical and systematic way of thinking will help you to approach grammar and vocabulary acquisition. We have experience in working with a variety of students and we are committed to helping every individual student gain the necessary skills.

What should I study with German?

German combines well with other languages. However, it also complements a variety of other humanities and social sciences subjects.

What can I do with A-Level German?

There are many degree courses in which German can be studied alone or in combination with other subjects such as History, Business Studies, or Politics. Students will find that career prospects are enhanced by the possession of one or more foreign languages. But more than that, German will provide you with an array of new opportunities, and will develop your ability to understand other cultures.

Questions about the course

Can I study an A-Level in German in one year?

If you are an AQA A-Level German retake student, yes you can.

German is my first language, do I need to have A-Level German lessons for two-years?

No. The College offers an ‘Exam Entry Plus’ programme that introduces you to the specification requirements and then delivers preparatory lessons in the weeks preceding the A-level examinations.