About the course
This course will suit you if you have a desire to improve your communication skills; if you would enjoy a lively discussion in German; if you have an interest in the mechanics of language and grammatical accuracy; you have an interest in other cultures and current affairs; or if you may want to live and work abroad in the future.
What will I do on the course?
You will enjoy a mix of activities during lessons, with a strong practical application of the language. In addition to your language lessons, you will be able to practise your oral skills and build your confidence in small group sessions with some native-level speakers and study different topic areas and foreign language films.
There is no coursework and there are no compulsory literature texts for this course, but research on two cultural topics of your choice will be an essential part of your second year. This could be the study of a region of Germany or another German-speaking country, or of a particular film or book, or of a period in German history.
• Media: television, advertising and communication technology
• Popular Culture: cinema, music and fashion
• Healthy Living: sport and exercise, health and wellbeing and holidays
• Family and Relationships: relationships with the family, friendships and marriage and partnerships.
• Environment: pollution, energy and protecting the planet
• Multi-cultural issues: immigration, integration and racism
• Contemporary Social Issues: wealth and poverty, law and order and the impact of scientific and technological progress.
The examinations at both AS and A2 consist of a fairly long examination to assess Listening, Reading, and Writing, and a 15 minute speaking test based on the topics above, plus your chosen cultural topics.
What can I do after the course?
At university you can study for a degree that is purely modern languages. You can study one language (single honours) or two (joint honours). On many degree programmes, you can begin additional languages from scratch, although there is an increasing trend in combining language study with another area of expertise -e.g.: Business and Modern Languages, European Law and Modern Languages, International Marketing and Modern Languages - the possibilities are endless and these combined courses will usually offer you a period of study or a work placement abroad.
You will also have many transferrable skills which include; the ability to communicate verbally and in writing and structure your thoughts, the ability to negotiate, discuss, deduce and most of all the ability to be tenacious and face challenges in a more determined and focused way. An Advanced qualification ina foreign language is seen by universities as evidence that you possess qualities of perserverance and have an international and cosmopolitan world view.
The prospects for those with an A-Level in a foreign language are extremely good. Many of our students continue on to Higher Education courses and the career openings for those with knowledge of a foreign language are very varied. Companies in the retail sector, banking and finance as well as information technology and telecommunications are particularly interested in recruiting people who can use languages as a tool. The Civil Service and local councils, including the environmental agencies, also seek to recruit linguists. Linguists are considered to be flexible and adaptable, marrying good communication skills with those of logic and analysis.
Possible careers include; Teaching English as a Foreign Language, German Language Teacher, Accountant, Engineer, Architect with German, Professional Musician working in German-speaking countries, Hotelier, MP, Translator, bilingual or trilingual simultaneous interpreter for the European Commission, Policy-maker, Advocate, German-speaking journalist/writer and many more.