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Hi, I am currently in year 11. The application deadline for sixth form is fast approaching and I am still unsure as to what subjects I am going to choose. One of the subjects I am considering is German. I am taking German for GCSE and hope to get an A*. I enjoy German, yet know very little about it as an A-Level. How is it assessed? Also, I am worried about the difficulty. GCSE doesn't seem too challenging, and every year quite a few students from my school (a grammar school) attain an A*. Yet of the few who continue German on for A-Level, the highest anyone gets is usually a B. I am certainly considering German yet I only want to take it if I know I have a good chance of getting an A (or preferably an A*). Thanks for any help.
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Well if the only reason you wouldn't take it is because you think it'd be too hard to get an A, I say take it... People with a good work ethic can always attain the top grades in any subject. I think it's assessed very similar to GCSE but it's more strictly moderated with things like the oral assessments and just generally harder. Nobody at my school seems to be struggling.
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Hi,

In terms of assessment, for the AQA exam board:
Writing, Reading and Speaking is all in one paper and lasts 2 hours.
The speaking lasts 35 mins, with 20 mins planning for the stimulus card (a card on any of the 12 topics which you have to prepare for). and 15 mins of conversation on certain topics.

German, in my opinion, is the hardest subject i'm currently taking out of my other subjects (I'm currently studying it at AS level, and it is uncertain whether I'll take it at A2). I got an A* at GCSE, and with a little bit of persuasion, I took it for AS. The grammar is way advanced compared to GCSE, and you will be expected to pick this up fast, considering that you only have roughly 8 months before the examination. There is a jump, but nothing too major, as long as you are willing to put the work in. I can't stress how challenging a language is, BUT it is rewarding at the same time and is favorable to universities and employment wise aswell. I suggest you discuss with your teacher if you are suited for A level German. Perhaps, pick it and if you don't like the course at the beginning, switch. If I told my Year 11 self that I'll be doing A level German, I would laugh, but here I am!

Go for it!
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Hey there,

I'd definately suggest that you do think about doing it for A-Level. I'm in my first year of sxith form, and I took German as one of my choices and it is the lessons i most enjoy, though that could be down my to my teacher and classmates

I agree with Taylor, that it is more advanced. Within the first month, we were hammering down on getting the Cases tables learnt, and able to use it well, followed by adjective endings. This is possibly the thing i've found hardest so far, down to how new it is and it's something that was barely touched upon in GCSE.

In generaly, the way it's assesed is almost the same. There is a new element in speaking, where you're given a Roleplay, which you'd have not seen befrore, and 20 minutes to prepare and then you go do it after 20 minutes. After that, you then go have a discussion about a topic which you have prepared for, similar to the speaking assessments at GCSE.
You've then got your listening, reading and writing exam which is 2 hours and 30 minutes long. Within this exam, you have two essay questions. One you have to write about a text you are given, while the second essay is about your own opinions.

If you actually enjoy the language and learning it, I would say go for it. It is a lot of fun when you get down to it, some of my debates have been quite humorous and the german films you get to watch, they can be quit random. (Lola rennt, Die Fetten Jahr sind vorbei, Die Welle are some we've been watching).
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