German A Level


Studying German will develop students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. They will gain confidence in communicating in the target language, and learn more about Germany and other German speaking countries.
Students have the opportunity to practise their language skills in the College's well-resourced classrooms, with access to the latest multimedia technology.
In addition, language students have timetabled lessons with a Foreign Language Assistant to help them become more confident and competent speakers.
All German students have the opportunity to take part in an exchange or study trip to Germany, where they will further develop their speaking skills and appreciation of German culture. 

What goes well with this course?

Languages combine well with any subject. As well as offering pure language degrees, virtually all universities offer the chance to continue studying a language as part of a joint degree, or as a subsidiary subject.


In the workplace language skills are highly valued.

In Higher Education, a single or joint honours degree in one or more languages, or in another subject plus a language, leads to greater employability – and the opportunity to perhaps work abroad.

Course Content

The course covers a wide variety of current issues over the two years. As well as revising and extending some of the topics studied at GCSE, students will learn about social and cultural themes within German society, including social values, equality and multiculturalism, regional identity and the influence of heritage, as well as studying aspects of politics and history.  

In addition, students will study in depth both a film and a work of literature.  Grammar and language skills are integrated into the topic areas.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

German A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • A German Exchange Trip to Aachen where students experienced German family life first-hand and were able to undertake additional research for their chosen oral topic
  • The chance to visit universities for specific language events
  • A visit to the Goethe Institut in London

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


The exam is taken in May/June and consists of three papers, all externally assessed:

A speaking examination lasting approximately 18 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (2 hours 30 minutes), and an essay paper (2 hours).

The exam board for this A Level is AQA.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 6 in German and Grade 4 in English Language

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • Enjoy communicating with others through speaking and writing
  • Have an enquiring mind and an interest in German culture
  • Are thinking of travelling, taking a gap year, or working abroad

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the German A Level information leaflet.

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