Mrs S L Milner BA Newcastle, PGCE

Examination body: AQA

A Modern Foreign Language qualification carries a degree of prestige on University applications and is highly regarded by employers today. The communication and analytical skills developed throughout the course are much in demand in today’s increasingly global labour market.

Entry Requirements

You should have at least a grade B at GCSE in order to cope with the demands of the AS course. You should also be interested in, and enjoy discussing, a range of current topics that regularly feature in the press and media today.

Course Content AS:

  • aspects of German-speaking society
  • artistic culture in the German-speaking world
  • one text or one film
  • grammar.

AS candidates must take the AS units 1 and 2, which include listening and reading comprehension tests, as well as questions to assess written German and an oral test.

You will listen to audio and video recordings of a range of native German speakers in order to broaden your listening skills. You will widen your vocabulary and understanding of written German through reading a variety of texts, newspaper and magazine articles.

Grammar tasks will help you to master the rules of the language and you should expect to speak German as much as possible throughout the course.

Course Content A Level:

  • aspects of German-speaking society
  • artistic culture in the German-speaking world
  • multiculturalism in German-speaking society
  • aspects of political life in German-speaking society
  • one text and one film or two texts
  • grammar.

Career Opportunities

There are many ways to combine study of a foreign language with another discipline in Higher Education. It is not unusual these days to study a modern language at degree level together with Law, Economics, Marketing or the Sciences. In the job market you could use a foreign language (for example) as the primary skill in translating, interpreting or teaching work, or as a useful additional skill in areas like:

  • The Civil Service and international organisations
  • industry and commerce, hotels and catering
  • secretarial work, travel, transport and tourism
  • information Science and Librarianship
  • journalism and broadcasting
  • the Law, banking, insurance and other.