The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. The study of any Modern Foreign Language fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree.
Papers 1 and 3 will be based on content from the following
The four themes address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political and artistic culture of Germany and German–speaking countries.
Themes 1, 3, and 4 focus on aspects of society or history of Germany only. Theme 2 requires students to broaden their knowledge across any German speaking country/countries
Each theme is broken into three sub–themes. These sub–themes are each exemplified further.
A–level students will be expected to have studied the grammatical system and structures of the language during their course.
The independent research project may be based on any of the four themes of study or on a subject of interest of the student’s choosing, but must relate to the cultural and social context of the language studied. The independent research project must:
The study of any Modern Foreign Language combines well with all other subjects. Due to the range of topics covered in the course,
languages combine well with English Literature, Drama, Politics, History and Social Sciences. From a linguistic point of view, languages
combine well with Mathematics and Music. The vast majority of degree courses allow students to continue a language alongside other
subjects and often therefore offer the opportunity to study abroad to further develop linguistic skills.