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    I took German at GCSE and got an A but did not take it at A Level. I have been looking at the English and German courses combined but most prefer it if you took an A Level in German. I don't know what to do now
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    (Original post by Rainbow_99)
    I took German at GCSE and got an A but did not take it at A Level. I have been looking at the English and German courses combined but most prefer it if you took an A Level in German. I don't know what to do now
    The best thing to do is to get in touch with the universities directly and ask them if they specifically require an A level in German, or if they would still consider you with just GCSE level. Some universities will accept students for certain languages "ab initio" (from scratch) so this might be an option (although it's usually more common for non-European languages, e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, etc.).

    You could also look into opportunities to get your German level up to A level standard - e.g. by doing an intensive language course over the summer, perhaps taking a gap year and au pairing in Germany etc., then afterwards take the officially recognised exam (whatever the german equivalent of IELTS is...) which some universities might accept instead (check with them first!)

    Also, you could look into a pure English degree which has options to take a language module - although your degree name will still be "English BA", some universities offer opportunities to take modules from other departments, e.g. a language. Also, many universities have a language centre where students can enrol in evening language classes outside of their degree for highly discounted rates
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    Also, if you're only AS level at the moment, you could talk to your school about possibly doing at least AS German next year, or even fast-tracking the whole A2 in one year
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    Thank you very much, I am currently in my AS year so I've got a few months yet. Most Universities have a Language Centre, do you get a qualification at the end of it? I could always ask my German teacher who used to teach me for advice
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    (Original post by Rainbow_99)
    Thank you very much, I am currently in my AS year so I've got a few months yet. Most Universities have a Language Centre, do you get a qualification at the end of it? I could always ask my German teacher who used to teach me for advice
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    Language centres will usually offer some kind of certificate saying that you completed a course with them and got a certain grade. That being said, it's rarely a widely accepted official qualification, but employers would still value it and you could use the language skills gained from such a course to prepare for official German language exams (similarly for A levels etc., language A levels aren't really accepted internationally as confirmation of language skills, companies will be much more interested in you taking the official German language exam)

    Yes, that's a very good idea They should have an idea of what course options might be available, if your language level is high enough, what you could do between now and starting uni to improve, etc.
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    (Original post by dragonkeeper999)
    You're welcome

    Language centres will usually offer some kind of certificate saying that you completed a course with them and got a certain grade. That being said, it's rarely a widely accepted official qualification, but employers would still value it and you could use the language skills gained from such a course to prepare for official German language exams (similarly for A levels etc., language A levels aren't really accepted internationally as confirmation of language skills, companies will be much more interested in you taking the official German language exam)

    Yes, that's a very good idea They should have an idea of what course options might be available, if your language level is high enough, what you could do between now and starting uni to improve, etc.
    You are literally amazing That's good I guess, a certificate is better than nothing! What will the official German exam be? With an English Degree, you can get anywhere.
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    (Original post by Rainbow_99)
    You are literally amazing That's good I guess, a certificate is better than nothing! What will the official German exam be? With an English Degree, you can get anywhere.
    Aww, I'm literally just finding any excuse to procrastinate lol...

    According to Wikipedia, there are a range of options Your German teacher should know better than me on this one I'm afraid!

    Yeah, English is a very versatile degree subject - combined with German it would really nicely lead into careers in journalism, the foreign service, translating, diplomacy, etc.
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    Tbh, you will need an A-level in one modern language in order to apply for a language course. It is true that you can take beginners languages, but only with a post A-level language as well, therefore it is not possible to take a beginner language on its own I'm afraid

    I would do what the poster above has said, find a way to get an A-level in German or another qualification, ask the universities to make sure that they will accept it
 
 
 
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