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100 million people worldwide communicate in German – be one of them! By taking a language like German you are making yourself more employable for the future. German remains an important scientific language and German scientists are world leaders in many aspects of engineering, pharmaceuticals, pollution control and natural resources, and German research has brought us inventions that have revolutionised our world. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union meaning that there are plenty of jobs out there that require employees who can speak German. Above all, it is simply a fascinating language! Studying German A-Level will enable you to build on the skills that you have learnt at GCSE and deepen your understanding of the language, culture, society and history of Germany, as well as develop your grammatical knowledge and your spoken fluency.
Any Modern Language is highly sought after by employers and is a great skill to possess in the current work market. Furthermore, top universities respect and recognise the demands of studying this subject and the wide array of transferable skills acquired by students who study a language at A-Level. Languages can be combined with nearly any other subject at university. Many of our students choose to continue to study languages either on their own or as a combined programme after College. In the past students have studied more than one language at university, or combined their language with other subjects such as Business, Zoology, Linguistics, Drama, Economics, Law, History and even Physics and Medicine.
At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in German.
Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.
Each month we are going to be taking a closer look at one of the subjects that we offer at Cardinal Newman and this month it is the turn of German A-Level. Currently there are a total of four A-Level German classes, who all take part in conversation classes as well as their regular A-Level lessons and have the benefit of practising with a native German speaker. All year 12 students are also offered the chance to take part in our annual German Exchange programme, which sees our Germanists visit Freiburg in South West Germany to stay with German students before they host their exchange partners for the return leg of trip. Then in Year 13, students are offered the opportunity to go to Berlin where they have the chance to talk to native speakers about their life and experiences since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
To get a real insight into studying German at Newman, we asked one of our Year 13 students, Khadijah all about her experiences of A-Level German.