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An introduction to German
A Level German FAQs

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? German: language of science and technology. On the internet, .de sites are second only to .com. And German is the second most used language (after English) in the scientific community. German: language of business. Germany is the UK’s biggest export market outside the US. German: language of culture … of poetry, literature, music, architecture and film. So as well as being fun, and giving you a sense of real achievement, learning to communicate fluently in German can open out many career opportunities to you. Bilborough Sixth Form College offers lessons to build your fluency and confidence, as well as weekly one-to-one conversational practice with our German assistant. We like to think our students are not only learning a language, but acquiring a life-long skill.

Find out more from the British German Association on the opportunities that learning German at A level brings

To study German at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade 5 or above in English GCSE, grade 4 in Maths and more importantly, a minimum higher tier grade 6 in German.

Our links with HE

Many of our students go on to study German at university, either as single honours or alongside another subject. A language combines well with other studies – for example many Science-related degree courses now offer students the opportunity to work in labs overseas. Similarly, some Law courses allow students to take options in European law and pursue placements abroad. Employers will very often value your skills as a former language student.

Course Structure

Your first year provides a transition from GCSE, improving your fluency and confidence in German. Topics include ‘Families and Citizenship’, ‘Youth Trends and Personal Identity’, ‘Education and Employment Opportunities’, ‘Regional Culture and Heritage’ and ‘Media, Art, Film and Music’. In lessons we’ll practise listening, reading, speaking and writing German and we’ll cover a wide base of grammar too. As well as four and a half hours of formal teaching a week you will have 20 minutes with our German assistant to help boost your confidence in speaking German. You’ll also be invited on our annual German Exchange to Berlin. The week will include a day in a German school with your exchange partner, a three-day work experience placement in a local nursery or primary school, sightseeing, and various other activities with your host family or other Bilborough College students.

The second year builds on your skills and focuses on weightier themes. Topics include ‘Migration and Integration’, ‘Cultural Identity and Marginalisation’, ‘Cultural Enrichment and Celebrating Difference’ and ‘Discrimination and Diversity’.  We also look at the history of Germany from 1989 and study some film and literature.


“He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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