Mr M Thomas
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE German

Exam Board

Pearson (Edexcel)

Why Choose German?

Our A-level German course provides an engaging and exciting opportunity for you to build on your previous study of German. Choosing an A-level in German offers you a fascinating subject with a range of career possibilities and is a lot of fun along the way. 

Through social, intellectual, historical, political and cultural themes you will be able to develop your linguistic knowledge and understanding of the countries/communities where the language is spoken. An opportunity to study literature and film will allow you to undertake a deeper analysis of language structures and increase your cultural awareness as part of an integrated approach to language learning. A strong focus is placed on building your confidence and fluency in spoken German using relevant and topical themes. The requirement to research an area of personal interest related to the country/communities where German is spoken will enhance your cultural appreciation and enable you to gain a greater awareness of intercultural differences.

What is Involved?

We will build upon the knowledge you gained while studying German in Key Stage 4. In the induction period we will introduce you to new ways of working and studying in a small group of students, particularly in listening to others and using German increasingly in your spoken language. We will use authentic spoken and written sources from a variety of different contexts and genres, including online media, as stimulus material for the study of the themes and, concurrently, for language development.

The course rewards creativity, spontaneity and gives you the language to persuade and analyse and give critical response in your writing and speaking.

Themes 1 (Social issues and trends) and 2 (Political and artistic culture through media) will be covered in Year 12 in readiness for a stand alone AS qualification. In Year 13 themes 3 (Immigration and the multicultural society in Germany) and 4 (Reunification and Germany’s political culture) will be covered.

The A-level is assessed at the end of Year 13. One speaking test at the end of the course, involving conversation, ideas and opinions. One written exam at the end of the course, involving listening, reading and writing. Students who only wish to gain an AS qualification can take exams at the end of Year 12, which will involve a speaking test, a listening, reading and writing test.

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examination results

50%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

100%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

what we've been up to...

26Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 26: Put a new perspective on a problem you face. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/oyynFpE6Tv

25Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 25: You can't do everything. What are your top three priorities this week? #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/Mj2emM94La

24Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 24: Write down four specific things that have gone well recently. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/94515ERF9s

23Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 23: Recognise that you have a choice about what to prioritise. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/Znp9UHLEeL

23Oct '21

Thanks to all of our #wkgscommunity students and staff for their fantastic efforts and achievements this half-term. Have a great break and a well-earned rest. We will return on Monday 1st November which is a Week 🅱️ #wkgscommunity https://t.co/MpUd1AEP9j

22Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 22: Share a hopeful quote, video or picture with a friend or colleague. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/yKKX0PfB4s

21Oct '21

Huge thank you to all of our #wkgscommunity who have contributed to the Charles Thompson's Mission Christmas Food Hamper Appeal, especially those who helped sort and pack the donations. For more information about @ctmbirkenhead or to donate, please visit: charlesthompsonsmission.org.uk https://t.co/VxBHjBYWxM

21Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 21: Let go of the expectations of others and focus on what matters to you. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/h9qPwjBWlK

21Oct '21

Christmas Food Hamper Appeal for the Charles Thompson Mission

Our incredibly generous WKGS Community have donated food collected during our Harvest Festival week to the Charles Thompson's Mission Christmas Food Hamper Appeal. Thank you to everyone who contributed and especially to those who helped sort and pack the donations.

20Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 20: Find joy in tackling a task you have been putting off for some time. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/f2E8q9htzF

20Oct '21

House Pumpkin Competition

Well done to all our students who spent so much time and effort making some fabulous creations for our House Pumpkin Competition!

19Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 19: Identify one of your positive qualities that will be helpful to you in the future. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/Q3o3fLI5aZ

18Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 18: Set hopeful but realistic goals for the week ahead. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/PV4vdBkLRW

18Oct '21

Year 11 GCSE Geography Fieldwork trip to Cumbria, County Durham

As part of their GCSE Geography course Year 11 Geographers enjoyed their fieldtrip to the Lake District, Cumbria looking at flood prevention techniques in Cockermouth and also woodland ecosystems. They then moved on to the Pennines into County Durham to follow the course of the River Tees from source to the sea. Followed by a wonderful set of opportunities to study the coastal landscape of the fast-eroding Holderness coast in Yorkshire, visiting Hornsea and Flamborough Head.

18Oct '21

A level Fashion & Textiles Study Day in London

Our A level textiles students had the exciting opportunity of a trip to London to visit the world-renowned Fashion Rooms at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the newly built, highly innovative Design Museum. They particularly enjoyed the Sneakers Unboxed exhibition at the Design Museum!