What Will I Study?
Theme 1: Aspects of German Society:
The environment, renewable energy, recycling; education in Germany; the world of work, working life in Germany, German business and industry.
Theme 2: Culture in German-speaking countries:
The influence of music on young people and society, listening habits, the right of expression in the media; the role of the press, festivals, customs and traditions in German-speaking countries.
Theme 3: Immigration and multiculturalism in Germany:
The impact of immigration, the contribution and benefits of migration to society; guest-workers in Germany, dealing with the challenges of immigration, marginalisation and alienation of migrants, the rise of the far-right in Germany
Theme 4: German Reunification:
Life in the former East Germany, the demise of communism, the fall of the Berlin wall; the consequences of unity, economic troubles and unemployment; migration from East to West Germany
Students require a Grade 5 or above at GCSE German, or substantial experience of speaking the language either at home or while living abroad.
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation
Paper 2: Written response to works and Translation
Paper 3: Oral (discussion of an issue and research-based project)
A wide range of careers where a language is a useful extra such as accounting, public relations, journalism, advertising, law, international marketing, administration and many more in this increasingly global world. In addition, more traditional language routes include translating. As part of your course you will be able to do a Work Experience placement in Germany, during that time you will live with a family and work in area of your interest.
During this course you will read and listen to authentic German language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where German is spoken. You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and European issues.