German at A-level opens doors into many different worlds. All of the career options that you have are available to you in Germany as well – if only you know the language! By studying German at A-level, you will master highly prized soft skills, such as communication and empathy. Not only that, but being multilingual helps to increase your analytical and pattern recognition skills and boosts your computational thinking abilities.

Course Aims

Germany is one of the world’s major players and its economic prowess is visible in daily life in the UK. On the road, we use German cars (VW, Mercedes, BMW, Audi), whilst Bosch, Miele and Beko help us around the home. AEG and Siemens entertain us, Aldi, Lidl and Storck feed us and Bayer cure us.

The German language is used as part of a wider network of German-speaking countries, including Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein and is an official minority language in Italy, Denmark, Hungary and Poland. It is an international language for science, literature, business and a working language of the European Union.

With A Level German, you will learn about the fascinating political and social history of Germany, its emergence as a global heavyweight, as well as the unique literary and cultural idiosyncrasies of Germanic cultures by examining social issues, trends, and political and artistic culture.

Entry Requirements

Ideally an EBACC student with a minimum GCSE grade 6 or equivalent in German and English Language.


Most Universities offer German after A Level and it is a good gateway into other Germanic languages. You can normally study German on its own or as part of a combined honours programme, such as Business and German or Law and German.

Careers in accounting, economics, sociology, law, social media management, tourism, translation and interpreting, military intelligence, biochemistry, engineering and broadcasting are all critically enhanced by a second language, by opening up a second job market to the linguist.

Awarding Body

AQA A-level German. This is a level 3 qualification.


Assessment is based on three separate components.

Component 1 – Listening, reading and writing – worth 40% of the qualification. You will sit an examination of duration 2 hours and 30 minutes, set and marked by the exam board.

Component 2 – Writing – worth 30% of the qualification. You will sit an examination of duration 2 hours, set and marked by the exam board.

Component 3 – Speaking – worth 30% of the qualification. This is an Oral exam of duration between 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes of preparation time).

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