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 GERMAN 

EXAM BOARD 

EDEXCEL 

STRUCTURE OF COURSE 

Component 1 

Listening, reading and translation in German 

Component 2 

Written response to works and translation in German 

Component 3 

Spoken response in German 

ASSESSMENT 

COMPONENT 1: LISTENING, READING AND TRANSLATION 

Externally assessed. 1 hr 50, 40% of the qualification. 

COMPONENT 2: WRITTEN RESPONSE TO WORKS AND TRANSLATION 

Externally assessed. 2 hrs 40, 30% of the qualification. 

COMPONENT 3: SPEAKING 

Internally conducted and externally assessed; 30% of the qualification. Task 1: discussion on a Theme. Task 2: presentation and discussion on independent research. 

CONTENT 

Component 1 & 3 – THEMES 

Social Development 

1. The Environment 2. Education 3. The Working World 

Political and Artistic Culture in German Spoken Regions 

4. Music 5. Media 6. Festivals and Traditions 

Immigration and the German Multicultural Society 

1. Integration and Multiculturalism 2. The Economic and Social effects of Immigration 

The Reunification of Germany 

1. Society in the DDR before Reunification 2. Germany since Reunification 

Component 2 - THEMES 

This paper draws on the study of two discrete German works: either two literary texts, or one literary text and one film. 

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS 

Britain’s involvement with the European Union has led to an ever-increasing demand for graduates with practical language skills. A qualification in German is an asset in all professional careers, including Medicine. Linguists are highly regarded for their communication skills and cultural awareness. As a major European language, German is particularly valued in Finance, Law, Marketing, Technology, International Relations, International Business Management and the Pharmaceutical industry. 

POSSIBLE SUBJECT COMBINATIONS 

German combines with, and complements, a wide range of Arts and Science subjects at all academic levels. German also has strong links to Maths, Music, History, Psychology, Philosophy and Theology. Apart from helping you acquire a useful skill and an understanding of another culture, the study of languages is intellectually stimulating and personally enriching. 

Remember you do not have to study just German. For those of you who want to major in another subject; you might want to think about adding German to that degree, for example Law with German or Chemistry with German for Science. 

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