Why choose German?
Gain an in-depth knowledge of German culture and learn to speak the language fluently.
Did you know that
- German is the most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe?
- German is the second most commonly used scientific language?
- Germany is the biggest economy within the European Union?
If you dream of speaking a foreign language fluently and impressively and perhaps even working abroad, studying German makes this viable and will equip you with a variety of unique skills that will be invaluable in the future. Studying German to A level will open doors and provide you with uncountable opportunities.
You will become a more knowledgeable and informed person; debates and discussions in the classroom will give you a broad perspective on a wide range of issues and topics. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the culture and contemporary society of German-speaking countries.
"I have really enjoyed studying German and the course enables you to look at a wide range of topics and really improve on your technical language skills whilst also having the opportunity for insightful discussion in lessons. There’s a lot of support throughout the languages department, for example lunchtime surgeries to go through grammar points, and it really is amazing to see how far you can progress in German from GCSE."
Transition from GCSE
We are delighted that you are considering studying German at A level and we will support and encourage you in becoming an expert linguist all the away. When you start with us in September, we run a 'transition period' for the first few weeks of the course.
These lessons will help you settle in, feel comfortable in your class and build up your confidence as well as give you a firm common foundation. We will revise basic grammar, systematically, so that you can get back into things after the long break. We will also support you in developing good habits of independent study and learn how to manage your set pieces of homework. From the start, extra support in form of German Plus sessions is available as well as extra conversation classes and a peer mentoring scheme later in the year.
"There is always help available through Peer Mentoring Schemes and grammar drop-in sessions."
"I got to know my class very quickly and have made new friends through my classes which make the process of learning a language a lot easier in a supportive environment."
What will you do in and outside the classroom?
Lesson will be varied and stimulating with a strong emphasis on communication. The course includes:
- Regular pair and small-group work
- Discussions on contemporary topics and social issues
- A weekly conversation class with the German Language Assistant
- Regular lessons in the language lab at a pace to suit you
- Regular access to authentic materials (newspapers, magazines, videos and podcasts) beyond the textbook.
- Writing and reading in different styles
- Researching on the internet
- Choosing from a huge range of resources to practice your skills and extend your interests at your own pace
- Discussing and analysing films
- Reading and discussing literature.
We offer a range of homework activities to practise the different skills outside the classroom. This will include Independent Study each week to develop your cultural interests and language skills at your own pace.
Spending time in a German-speaking country will help you improve your language skills. The German department offers you the opportunity to take part in a work experience exchange to Hamburg. You will live with a German family and complete a 7 day work experience in a local organisation or company.
"The Hamburg Exchange was a great opportunity to improve my German in a work environment, as well as learning more about German culture."
"I especially enjoyed the Hamburg exchange because the total immersion in the language really helped boost my confidence in my spoken German."
Furthermore, the German department has a very active German Society which is run by students and we run a peer mentoring scheme.
Studying German at A level will provide you with a wide range of options as the range of analytical and communication skills that you develop during your A-level are highly valued by employers.
At Higher Education level, you can study German as a single honours degree or as joint honours in combination with many other subjects such as history, business, law or computer science. It is also possible to study German as a subsidiary subject alongside almost every main degree subject. This gives you the chance to spend some time abroad as part of your degree course either working or studying in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
German graduates then go on to specialist work such as translators and interpreters, or put their linguistic and analytical skills to use in the wider fields of business and finance, journalism, the law, the civil and diplomatic services, publishing, advertising, the tourism industry, teaching or academia.