German is one of the world’s major languages with around 100 million native speakers and another 100 million people worldwide who speak German as a second language.


German is the sole official language of Germany, Austria and Lichtenstein, as well as being one of several official languages in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. German is considered an important global language for business and, after English, is most valued by future employers.

Board: Edexcel

Our A level and AS level programme teaches students how to communicate to a high level in all language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as providing access and insight into Germanic culture.

Course Structure

Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses). In the first year you will cover the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Gesellschaftliche Entwicklung in Deutschland (Natur und Umwelt; Bildung; Die Welt der Arbeit )
  • Theme 2: Politische und künstlerische Kultur im deutschen Sprachraum (Musik; Die Medien; Die Rolle von Festen und Traditionen)

Students may take the AS exam at the end of the first year of the programme. The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A-level. In the second year, the previous topics are covered in greater depth as well as the following themes:

  • Theme 3: Immigration und die deutsche multikulturelle Gesellschaft (Die positive Auswirkung von Immigration; Die Herausforderungen von Immigration und Integration; Die staatliche und soziale Reaktion zur Immigration)
  • Theme 4: Die Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands (Die Gesellschaft in der DDR vor der Wiedervereinigung; Ereignisse vor der Wiedervereinigung; Deutschland seit der Wiedervereinigung)

Exam Structure

AS Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
Listening, Reading and Translation
1 hour and 45 minutes
Written Response to Works and Translation
1 hour and 40 minutes
Speaking, internally assessed and externally moderated, between 27 and 30 minutes including 15 minutes of formal preparation time

A2 Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
Listening, Reading and Translation
2 hours
Written Response to Works and Translation
2 hours and 40 minutes
Speaking, internally conducted and externally assessed, between 21 and 23 minutes, including 5 minutes of formal preparation time

German One-Year A level

Students taking the one-year programme will be studying the Edexcel legacy syllabus. The following AS and A level topics will be covered.

Related Further Study and Careers

All modern foreign languages A levels, including German, are considered as facilitating subjects and, as such, are viewed as invaluable to a student’s A level profile. A level German is usually a prerequisite for studying the language or a combined degree with German at university. Being proficient in another language is becoming increasingly important in our globalized world and many employers are seeking graduates who have knowledge of at least one language other than their native tongue.

Programme Requirements

The board, format and content are the same as the two-year programme, but the course is covered in the space of one year. The stand-alone AS papers would not be sat.

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