Head of Department
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

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26May '22

Meaningful May- Day 27: Focus on how your actions make a difference to others. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/kiTrHGbrH5

26May '22

On National Thank a Teacher Day 2022 we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our teaching and support staff for their hard work and the dedication they show on a daily basis. #WKGSCommunity #NationalThankATeacherDay https://t.co/ABxR3wDiMd

26May '22

NEW OPPORTUNITY: We are looking to launch a new Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at #WKGS. If anyone is interested in getting involved, or wants to know more, please get in touch with Mrs Marley at lmarley@wkgs.net #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/vIXYHK526K

26May '22

Meaningful May- Day 26: Remember an event in your life that is really meaningful. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/qQqg4q20Zq

25May '22

Meaningful May- Day 25: Ask someone else what matters most to them and why. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/2cS0XGDPF7

24May '22

Well done to all @WKGS_Art students who participated in the Creative Art Postcard Exchange project. We were one of 25 schools to take part across the UK and Ireland. The theme for postcards artwork was 'War' and was creatively interpreted using a variety of media. #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/iG0GIkIGYc

24May '22

Meaningful May- Day 24: Make choices that have a positive impact today. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/fzahKXAy4S

23May '22

We wish to appoint a well-qualified and enthusiastic Teacher of History for September 2022. The post is full-time. The ability to teach GCSE and A-level History is essential and a desire to teach A-level Politics is desirable. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/7x7DCesVTR

23May '22

Congratulations to our staff who took part in this weekend's 10k Race for Life - raising over £1000 for this fantastic charity #raceforlife #community #charity #endeavour https://t.co/oUJzSGeTec

22May '22

Meaningful May- Day 23: Recall three things that you are proud of. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/ZDIBBaSxmv

22May '22

Meaningful May- Day 22: Find time to become involved with a charity you care about. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/hh6GozLFYe

22May '22

Race for Life

Congratulations to our members of staff who completed the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK – they have raised over £1000 to date! A fantastic achievement!

21May '22

Meaningful May- Day 21: Remember we are all part of something bigger. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/UMPxVO0ki3

21May '22

Fantastic effort from our sixth formers who completed their qualifying Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Good luck with your exams 🍀 @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSY12 #WKGSY13 https://t.co/K2fBm5L8kL

20May '22

Thank you to @forzawestkirby for hosting a superb #WKGS staff pizza night last night. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with great food and wonderful service. We will be back! #WKGSCommunity