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Devonport High School for Girls


A Level Course Outline

This course aims to give candidates an excellent grounding in all aspects of the German language with the opportunity to develop ability and confidence in the four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Furthermore, the specification aims to stimulate greater cultural awareness of Germany and German speaking countries.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

The AQA syllabus is an excellent preparation for students intending to study German at University, or as a valuable addition to science based A Levels and degree courses. German is also particularly valuable in a wide variety of career areas, including Law, Accountancy, Business, Media and Teaching.

Course Content

Examination Board


Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website

German AS - 7661
German A - 7662

What is assessed:  Aspects of German-speaking society.  Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

AS Level

Paper 1 

Listening, reading and writing
Written exam: 1 hr 45 mins - 90 marks 45% of AS 


Paper 2 

Writing (one literary text or film from set list)
Written Exam: 1hr 30 mins - 50 marks 25% of AS


 Paper 3

Oral exam: 12–14 minutes - 60 marks 30% of AS

What is assessed: Aspects of German-speaking society, Artistic culture in the German speaking world.

                       Multiculturalism and aspects of political life in the German-speaking society

A Level

Paper 1

Listening, reading and writing

Written exam: 2 hrs 30 mins - 100 marks 50% of A level


Paper 2 

Writing (one literary text and one film or two texts from set list)

Written Exam: 2hrs - 80 marks 20% of A Level


Paper 3 

Speaking (including individual research project)

Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (+5mins preparation time) -
60 marks 30% of A Level