German A Level

“Choosing an A Level language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and are a lot of fun along the way.” - Routes into Languages

German is the most widely-spoken language in Europe and is often used in the fields of science and engineering.


Why study German?

Studying German can provide you with the key to so many opportunities for the future. Germany has the strongest economy in Europe and one of the top economies in the world. If we want to compete in the global market we have to have good communicators, able linguists and that could be you!


Why languages?

  • For further study - Universities really value language A levels as they understand the skills you learn on the course. Having French A level will definitely make you stand out from the crowd!
  • For increased career opportunities - As well as traditional occupations such as translating, interpreting or language teaching, linguists can pursue careers in business services, government, contact centres, engineering, event management, financial services, marketing, media, public services, travel and tourism or voluntary and charitable work.
  • For increased earning potential – People who learn a foreign language earn an extra £3000 a year – a total of £145 000 over their lifetime.

Why should you choose St Christopher’s to study German?

We are an experienced team of enthusiastic, specialist linguists who are committed to motivating and supporting students so they achieve their potential. You would benefit from our small group teaching and our wide range of up-to-date authentic resources.


What will I study?

We follow the EDEXCEL syllabus and its 4 themes:

  • Society in Germany - the environment, education and employment.
  • Culture in the German-speaking world - music, media and the role of festivals and traditions.
  • Immigration and multiculturalism in Germany.
  • Germany since reunification. How has life changed since the Wall fell?
  • We also study a film and a novel for the cultural paper.


How will I be assessed?

There are 3 papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation (40%)
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation. This essay paper is based on the book and film we study. (30%)
  • Paper 3: Speaking (30%). This is conducted by one of our staff and involves a discussion on one of the themes studied as well as an independent research project.


What grade do I need to access this course?

Students must have achieved at least a grade 5 at German GCSE.
For further information please contact Miss J Stott via email.

Purpose and Provision

Download a copy of the Modern Foreign Languages Departments Purpose and Provision document here.