York College

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. You should also have a grade 6 or above in GCSE German.


Two years.

What will I study?

Year One

Aspects of German speaking society

  • The changing state of the family: different types of families and relationships
  • The digital world: the uses and dangers of the internet and social networks, the digital society
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television in German-speaking countries

Artistic culture in the German speaking world

  • Festivals and traditions: their origins, importance, diversity
  • Art and architecture: influence, role and developments past and present
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present: history, music, museums, the multicultural city

You will also study a German language film in the first year.

Year Two

You will build on the topics studied in Year One and study new topics.

Multiculturalism in German speaking society

  • Immigration: reasons for migration, its benefits and challenges
  • Integration: measures and obstacles to successful integration
  • Racism: origins of racism, those affected by it and measures to counter it

Aspects of political life in the German speaking world

  • Germany and the EU: its role in the EU and the benefit of membership to Germany
  • Politics and youth: political engagement of young people, their priorities, values and ideals
  • German reunification and the consequences: revolution, culture and identity of the new states

You will also study a literary work in the second year and build on the work of the film from the first year.

The second year of the course also includes an independent research project, the subject of which is the student’s own choice. This is assessed in the oral exam.

You will have a short individual lesson each week to prepare for the oral exam, and you will be encouraged to spend some time in a German-speaking country during the course.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by final examination at the end of each year, including a speaking examination, listening and reading comprehension, translation and essays on the film and/or book.

Good course combinations

Students can combine German successfully with the full range of A Levels. The current specification works particularly well with English Language, Film Studies, English Literature, History, Politics and Sociology. The skills needed also feature in A Levels with an emphasis on logic or process such as Maths, Music and the Sciences.

What could it lead to?

Many students go on to a language related degree course. Learning a language at A Level teaches the skills needed to learn all languages, so students sometimes choose to start a new language at university e.g. Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese. There are many universities offering courses including language study, combined with another option.

Recently students have progressed to courses including German and Engineering at Sheffield, French and Law at Liverpool, French and Spanish at York and History and German at Cambridge. Students progressing to non-MFL courses have opted for Journalism at the University of Westminster, Maths at Newcastle, Classics at Oxford, and Environmental Science at Sheffield.

Possible careers include teaching, translation, journalism, publishing, and work in the tourism or financial sectors. Knowledge of a minority language can increase a student’s options in the job market and the skills developed on languages courses, including analysis, attention to detail and oral skills are valued in many areas of employment. Some students progress straight into a career and many feel that German A Level builds up the confidence and language skills needed for travelling and periods of work abroad.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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