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    im considering taking this next year.
    at first i found gcse really hard but when it came to doing coursework and
    past papers i realised how much i actually new and how easy it actually is!!
    we have a great teacher at the moment (even if she is a bit too happy for first thing on a monday morning! lol!)
    what do you have to learn about and how do you extend what you already know???
    how do you find it???
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    It is evil ... I am finding it hard (harder then A2's I am doing along it) but this is probably becouse I do it mostly on self study basis with only 1 lesson a weak (stupid time table clash). When you have like 4 lessons a weak it must be easier. There quite a lot of new vocabulary to learn however not so much new grammar. You need to do quite a lot of self study to put all that vocab in. It is however quite enjoyable as topics are interesting and up to date. I would say give it a try!
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    If you do it alongside other languages like I have, it's going to clash. If I wasn't doing French as well, German would have been a lot easier, but that's beside the point. As for how difficult it is, it depends on how much you know already. I've had fairly appalling teachers, and I basically taught myself German GCSE, but AS is a completely different kettle of fish. The hardest part, IMO, is definitely the grammar (and many will agree). Other than that, it's basically General Studies in another language - so you cover issues about racism, health, environment etc.

    If you're prepared to work at it, and keep going back through your work, you won't find the transition too much to handle. Personally, I wouldn't advise doing it if you get a C or below - if you want high grades that is.
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    I did AS level german. Basically as someone said before it is EVIL! From gsce to as it is a huge step. The harder stuff you learn in gcse is the true basics of AS level German.

    If I was you wait until you get your gsce results to see your grade. You basically need to amazing at german to do well at AS/A level. Eventually I dropped the subject at the end of year 12. Didn't do aswell as I wanted and it is time consuming learning all the vocabulary etc. Also it does help if you teacher is great as you said, you need to be motivated to do this subject, or it just drags!


    But at the end it is up to you. Good luck.
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    yea it's EVIL- i'll third that!!! Actually what you get at gcse won't make much difference. You need to be REALLY prepared to put in the work. There are three people in my class who got A* at gcse, but have cruised through this year, skiving at least a lesson a fortnight, not doing the (tonnes) of homework we get set and without trying to learn vocab at home, they will do worse than those that got B's at gcse.

    I really wanted to study it, I held out a dream of going and living on a greek island working in a hotel i've stayed at- a lot of germans go there. I don't regret taking it, but I wish i'd thought through my decision better. Like, was I ever seriously going to do it at uni?- no, are you? If you are used to being the best at stuff (like me) well chances are you won't be :rolleyes: The whole assesment system, and way the course is taught (drip-feeding grammer through the topics) is irritating.

    AQA AS
    Unit 1: you will be assessed on a good knowledge of these things in germany: families, rights and responsibilities, free-time, healthy living, education, the working world.
    Unit 2: And then two topics in WAY too much detail from the media, environment, immigration, germany and europe, german speaking world. (your school picks this)

    There is one paper of reading, writing and listening- not too bad 35%
    Two 45 minute essays from 5 questions (one for each unit 2 topic) 30%
    Oral basically on everythin- 15 mins 30%

    Good Luck in what you decide
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    Hmm... I'm being put off French AS now - is it much the same? Are there any past papers available?
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    I really enjoyed doing it, it's more like what learning languages shoud be like (than doing it at GCSE). You learn more about the country, you finally start to learn some proper grammar (I don't know about you any body else, but we hardly did any at GCSE), and in my opinion, you make more progress in that year than you ever did after 5 years through year7- yr11. I agree about the amount of new vocab, but at least then you;ll be able to say some more things!

    And with it being dificult (as any language), it'll look good for any univerisites/prospective employers
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    (Original post by Final_F)
    Hmm... I'm being put off French AS now - is it much the same? Are there any past papers available?
    yes AQA french is practically identical to german AS except different languages and country facts obv.

    yeah i agree you make lots of progress in AS but not more than the 5 years previously. At gcse our teacher basically did our coursework for us, and it was so much easier because everything yu said was about yourself, the only problem was saying it. Now the problem is getting down enough facts about germany, grammer has to be really good as well. Things like adjective endings specifically, which i'd never looked at before AS- and they're hard, in french there are less endings.
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    (Original post by Final_F)
    Hmm... I'm being put off French AS now - is it much the same? Are there any past papers available?
    Don't be put off- French rules! I wouldn't know whether it's similar to German, but if you're referring to whether the gap from GCSE to AS is big, yes it is, as with any language. It's also much more interesting and rewarding though, which I think makes up for the challenge involved. There should be some past papers on the OCR and AQA websites, but Edexcel don't have any. There are probably specifications you can download as well.
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
    Don't be put off- French rules! I wouldn't know whether it's similar to German, but if you're referring to whether the gap from GCSE to AS is big, yes it is, as with any language. It's also much more interesting and rewarding though, which I think makes up for the challenge involved. There should be some past papers on the OCR and AQA websites, but Edexcel don't have any. There are probably specifications you can download as well.
    Hmm languages seem to be love/hate things!! I had my mind set on taking it for probably the past year. I think I'll go for it! We learned grammer at GCSE (including conditional) so does that mean I'll find the 'jump' a bit more managable?
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    (Original post by Final_F)
    Hmm languages seem to be love/hate things!! I had my mind set on taking it for probably the past year. I think I'll go for it! We learned grammer at GCSE (including conditional) so does that mean I'll find the 'jump' a bit more managable?
    Yes it will help. During my GCSE we never touched grammar and then suddenly at AS I had to pick up the grammar (which isn't too hard).

    If you like the language you won't regret it. I finished my A2 last year but still keep in touch with the language almost everyday
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    Am about to sit my A levels exams for German, and it's been well worth it. It's hard work at times but very rewarding! There's quite a jump from GCSE to AS Level, but it is defo more fun. The thing is you're continually improving and I resat my AS Level in January just to bump the marks up a bit. Its ongoing learning but I'd really recommend it
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    (Original post by Final_F)
    Hmm languages seem to be love/hate things!! I had my mind set on taking it for probably the past year. I think I'll go for it! We learned grammer at GCSE (including conditional) so does that mean I'll find the 'jump' a bit more managable?
    In that case, you'll enjoy it and work hard at it because it sounds like you really want to do it. Knowing a lot of grammar definitely helps; the only grammar I did at AS that was new to me was the subjunctive, making everything else revision and therefore easier. Go for it!!!
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    AS German is good! Some of the topics are more interesting than others and as other people have said, the gap between GCSE and AS for languages is HUGE! You go from being asked to give directions to your opinions on trade unions! I'd say you should be aiming for A* at GCSE (and finding the work very easy) if you want an A at AS (and even then it's no guarantee). Talk to your language teachers about it and take their advice; if they say it's not for you then take something else as it's only really fun if you enjoy it.
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    Terrible...in my opinion! I hated it!
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    Oh and you will learn new grammar (it was excepted that we new the conditional). Don't panic about learning it now but if you find you've grasped the stuff you've been taught at GCSE easily then the same will apply for AS despite it being slightly more complicated. You do do quite a bit in German, in terms of cases we've only really covered the pluperfect and passive but there are other grammar points (ie the stuff that you've come across before and your teacher's said 'just accept it as being that', you now have to understand eg all the cases)
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    wait until you do A2 german - thats hard!! - sorry i'm bitter about the A2 exam today!!
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    (Original post by looby3)
    wait until you do A2 german - thats hard!! - sorry i'm bitter about the A2 exam today!!
    Yep, I officially hate German now, didn't like the exam either today, will probably only get a C overall, when i've been aiming for an A all year, plus redid 2 exams in January and May! :mad:

    Difference between GCSE and AS is very big, if your willing to put time in and prioritise over other subject especially the first 6 months, then you'll find it easy...but its no easy.

    Best bit of course was trips to christmas markets-but thats only a trip organised by my school...its not in the syllabus :p:

    Good luck if you take it!
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    I think that if it's something you enjoy, do it. If not, you'll find it really hard to get the motivation to put in the effort it needs coz it's a pretty big jump between the two.

    The vast majority of our A2 class are going to do it at Uni if that helps you at all.....
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    (Original post by Lil Lee Lee)
    The vast majority of our A2 class are going to do it at Uni if that helps you at all.....
    Ditto. Maybe languages are secretly vocational?
    AS German isn't particularly difficult, in spite of the huge leap you have to make from GCSE, because everyone has to make the same huge leap (especially since most of you won't have used your German since the GCSE exam), and the teachers are used to people struggling in the first term and do their best to lead you gently into it. The grammar can be a bit daunting, but again, most people struggle with it a bit (the case system, for example, because we don't really have it in English or French it's not a concept we tend to be used to), so a good teacher will take it slowly.
 
 
 
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