How hard is A level German compared to IGCSE?

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I was wondering how much of a step up there is? For example, if I get an A* in my (Edexcel) German IGCSE this summer, will I be able to cope with the A level?

I am generally quite good at languages with 99% UMS in my French GCSE last year and I also got 80/100 in DELF B1 French. Thanks
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I'm doing my German AS in 2 weeks so can tell you about that but can't comment on the A2. I did my German IGCSE (Edexcel) in year 10 and got an A* with 97%. Last year I did the Goete Institute B1 exam and I started the german A level this year. Because I did the igcse 2 years ago, it's slightly more difficult for me to compare the differences between the AS/iGCSE, but I can tell you that in some ways the AS is easier than the B1!! You said you've done the DELF B1, and you got 99% in the french GCSE too, so you're clearly quite good at languages. I think that's the main thing, as in response to your question, it can be slightly subjective when it comes to judging difficulty. You could be really bad at a language and say the exam is difficult, or be really good and say it's easy.

The German AS has pretty much the same layout as the IGCSE, and the only thing the AS comprises of is building your vocabulary, bettering your grammar (a lot more important in the exam) and speaking more fluently. If you're good at german, i seriously wouldn't worry about it. If you do get an A rather than an A* though, it might be a good idea to reconsider doing it as an A level.
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(Original post by Dominicoben)
I'm doing my German AS in 2 weeks so can tell you about that but can't comment on the A2. I did my German IGCSE (Edexcel) in year 10 and got an A* with 97%. Last year I did the Goete Institute B1 exam and I started the german A level this year. Because I did the igcse 2 years ago, it's slightly more difficult for me to compare the difficult between the AS/iGCSE, but I can tell you that in some ways the AS is easier than the B1!! You said you've done the DELF B1, and you got 99% in the french GCSE too, so you're clearly quite good at languages. I think that's the main thing, as in response to your question, it can be slightly subjective when it comes to judging difficulty. You could be really bad at a language and say the exam is difficult, or be really good and say it's easy.

The German AS has pretty much the same layout as the IGCSE, and the only thing the AS comprises of is building your vocabulary, bettering your grammar (a lot more important in the exam) and speaking more fluently. If you're good at german, i seriously wouldn't worry about it. If you do get an A rather than an A* though, it might be a good idea to reconsider doing it as an A level.
Ok thanks I should probably be ok for it, but what I'll probably do is switch to French if I do not do as well as I would hope. I prefer German but I would probably have a much greater advantage in French having done the DELF this year.
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Does anybody else have any advice/experience of A Level German?
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