The A level German course builds on the four key skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. These skills are developed through a broad area of study, divided into four key themes, focusing on the culture of countries and communities where German is spoken. Students study social and technological change alongside aspects of German-speaking artistic culture. The influence of the past on present day German-speaking countries is also explored, looking specifically at Berlin before and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Current social and political issues are examined in the second year of the course.
Students undertake an individual research project in the second year, to be discussed in the oral exam. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to show their passion for a topic of their choice such as music, cuisine or a region in the German-speaking world. A film and a text will also be studied.

The aim of the course is to develop the students’ technical German and to help them develop into confident communicators who have a sound understanding of German culture.

  • Learning German, as the most sought-after language by businesses in the UK, allows you to join companies who wish to access the largest economy in Europe.
  • While mastering the German language, there are more opportunities to venture deeper into some of the most beautiful parts of Europe, making new friends and learning new skills along the way.
  • For those interested in science, German is the second most commonly used scientific language extending your access to information; Germany offers many research fellowships to scientists from abroad.
  • Culturally, German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. Indulge in reading and listening to their works in their original language.


There will be the opportunity to take part in our German exchange, visiting Alfred-Amann Gymnasium in Bönnigheim, Baden-Württemberg and hosting, if possible, when the German students come to Harington.


German A level is highly regarded by universities and can lead to a wide variety of Degree courses and career opportunities. German can be combined with a variety of subjects such as international business, marketing, engineering, the Sciences and law. Studying German at A Level can also be combined with another language, such as French and Russian. The ability to write extensively in a second language also attracts employers in traditional careers such as teaching, translating and interpreting and civil service.

As well as many German universities offering scholarships to international students, there are opportunities to work and learn with businesses such as SAP, Bosch, Audi, Aldi and DHL.


The course is linear, and assessment is by three terminal examinations.

Paper 1: (2 1/2 hours)
Listening, reading, writing.
Grammar – translation

Paper 2: (2 hours)
Written responses in German to questions on the film and the text.

Paper 3: (21-23 minutes)
Speaking – Discussion of a sub-theme and individual research project.


For admission to A level German, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students will need to have achieved a grade 6 or above in German.