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Assessment structure

Paper 1

AQA – A-level German

Eduqas – A-level German

Paper 1 – listening, reading and writing

Paper 1 – speaking

Written exam

Spoken exam

2 hours 30 minutes

21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

100 marks (50% of A-level)

60 marks (30% of A-level)

Listening and responding to spoken passages.

All questions in German to be answered in German or with non-verbal responses (30 marks)

Reading and responding to a variety of texts.

All questions in German to be answered in German or with non-verbal responses (50 marks)

Translation into German; passage of a minimum of 100 words (10 marks)

Translation into English; passage of a minimum of 100 words (10 marks).

Presentation (2 minutes) and Discussion (9–10 minutes) of independent research project

Discussion of sub-theme based on stimulus card (5-6 minutes) (Student chooses from two cards offered).

Paper 2

AQA – A-level German

Eduqas – A-level German

Paper 2 – writing

Paper 2 – listening, reading and translation

Written exam

Written exam

2 hours

2 hours and 30 minutes

80 marks (20% of A-level)

100 marks (50% of A-level)

Either one question in German on a set text, from a choice of two questions, and one question in German on a set film, from a choice of two questions, or two questions on set texts, from a choice of two questions on each text.

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Listening and responding to spoken passages. Questions may include true/false statements, multiple choice, questions and answers, a summary/assimilation-style question and comprehension questions in German.

Reading and responding to a variety of texts. Questions may include true/false statements, gap-fill questions, a summary/assimilation-style question and comprehension questions in German.

Translation into English; a passage or passages of a minimum of 100 words in total.

Translation into German; a passage or passages of a minimum of 100 words in total.

Paper 3

AQA – A-level German

Eduqas – A-level German

Paper 3 – speaking

Paper 3 – critical and analytical response in writing

21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

2 hours

60 marks (30% of A-level)

40 marks (20% of A-level)

Discussion of sub-theme based on a stimulus card (Student chooses card from two cards offered) (5-6 mins) (25 marks).

Presentation (2 mins) and Discussion (9-10 mins) of individual research project (35 marks).

Either one question in German on a set text, from a choice of two questions, and one question in German on a set film, from a choice of two questions, or two questions on set texts, from a choice of two questions on each text.

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words.

Subject content

Core themes

AQA – A-level German

Eduqas – A-level German

Aspects of German-speaking society.

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any German-speaking country or countries.

The changing state of the family (Familie im Wandel)

  • Beziehungen innerhalb der Familie
  • Partnerschaft und Ehe
  • Verschiedene Familienformen

The digital world (Die digitale Welt)

  • Das Internet
  • Soziale Netzwerke
  • Die Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft

Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television (Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen)

  • Mode und Image
  • Die   Bedeutung der Musik für Jugendliche
  • Die Rolle des Fernsehens.

Being a young person in German-speaking society:

Families and citizenship. Changing family structures; the changing nature of marriage and partnership; being a good citizen.

Youth trends and personal identity. Trends in fashion; how young people respond to modern technology; relationships with others and peer pressure.

Education and employment opportunities. The education system and student issues; work and travel opportunities and the changing work scene.

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world. Students may study sub-themes Festivals and traditions and Art and architecture in relation to any German-speaking country or countries. Students must study The cultural life of Berlin in relation to Berlin.

Festivals and traditions (Feste und Traditionen)

  • Feste und Traditionen – ihre Wurzeln und Ursprünge
  • Feste und Traditionen – ihre soziale und wirtschaftliche Bedeutung   heute
  • Vielfältige Feste und Traditionen in verschiedenen Regionen

Art and architecture (Kunst und Architektur)

  • Künstler und Architekten
  • Kunst und Architektur im Alltag
  • Kunst und Architektur – Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft

Cultural life in Berlin, past and present (Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute)

  • Berlin – geprägt durch seine Geschichte
  • Theater, Musik und Museen in Berlin
  • Die Vielfalt innerhalb der Bevölkerung Berlins

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

Students may study all the sub-themes in relation to any German-speaking country or countries.

Immigration (Einwanderung)

  • Die Gründe für Migration
  • Vor- und Nachteile der Einwanderung
  • Migrationspolitik

Integration (Integration)

  • Maßnahmen zur Integration
  • Hindernisse für die Integration
  • Die Erfahrungen verschiedener Migrantengruppen

Racism (Rassismus)

  • Die Opfer des Rassismus
  • Die Ursprünge des Rassismus
  • Der Kampf gegen Rassismus

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world. Students may study Politics and youth in relation to any German-speaking country or countries. Students must study the sub-themes Germany and the EU and German re-unification and itsconsequences in relation to Germany.

Germany and the European Union (Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union)

  • Die Rolle Deutschlands in   Europa
  • Vor- und Nachteile der EU für   Deutschland
  • Die Auswirkungen der   EU-Erweiterung auf Deutschland

Politics and youth (Die Politik und die Jugend)

  • Politisches Engagement   Jugendlicher
  • Schwerpunkte der   Jugendpolitik
  • Werte und Ideale

German re-unification and its consequences (Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen)

  • Friedliche Revolution in der DDR
  • Die Wiedervereinigung – Wunsch und Wirklichkeit
  • Alte und neue Bundesländer – Kultur und Identität

Understanding the German-speaking world:

Regional culture and heritage in Germany, German-speaking countries and communities. Festivals; customs and traditions; historical sites; museums and galleries.

Media, art, film and music in the German-speaking world. Trends in media and art; film and music in the lives of young people.

Diversity and difference:

Migration and integration. Reasons for migration; factorswhich make migration/integrationeasy/difficult.

Cultural identity and marginalization. Reasons for marginalisation; ways to eliminate marginalization.

Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference. The positive aspects of a diverse society.

Discrimination and diversity: Life for those who are discriminated against.

The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards.

Initial and subsequent process of reunification. Social and political challenges linked to reunification; the events ofautumn 1989.

Social cohesion in present-day Germany. Social and community challenges facing contemporary Germany.

The economic impact of aunited Germany. The economic advantages and challenges linked to reunification.

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