How will it differ from GCSE?
Goes up a notch, but that goes without saying. There's way more emphasis on grammar than there is at GCSE, as you're expected to know all your adjective endings, definite and indefinite article declensions and a lot of the common irregular verbs off by heart. You'll probably also have to learn the many forms of the passive and the two forms of the subjunctive.
Oral-wise it's not a huge jump between GCSE and AS-level, you just need more topic-specific vocab, but the big jump comes at A2, when you really need to know your shizzle and may be expected to take part in a debate, talk at length about a piece of literature etc.
In terms of writing, the essays are longer; with AQA the essay must be at least 200 words in the exam, and you'll have between 45 minutes and an hour to write it, with WJEC the essays are c. 200-300 at AS (about topics), and 350-400 at A2 (about literature and film)
Workload: AS: average; mostly vocab learning A2: a bit more, essays step up a notch and more vocab is needed, though hardly any more grammar learned at A2 which is a relief
Below is the course structure for AQA A-Level German 7662 from September 2016.
Field trips and excursions
Not many field trips available but one that can appeal to people is the work experience. A 'halsbury group' organise these things and offer you the chance to go out into Germany and work for a week doing anything you want to do, from working in a law firm to teaching primary school kids. Especially in these A-level times when uni's want work experience for courses, its an awesome thing to do and doing work experience in a different country scores you points like crazy:)
What I like about studying this subject: I enjoy the transferable skill of learning a language. There isn't much set homework either but that could depend on your teacher. The exam paper is reading writing and listening in one and I find it useful that you can decide how long to spend on each section within the time limit. I like that you can take lots of notes into the speaking exam and I like that you can rewind the listening as many times as you like to hear it again.
What I dislike about studying this subject: Sentence structures, tenses, grammatical points baffle me a bit. Dative, subjunctive etc. Hate there's no pattern to irregular verbs either.
What I like about studying this subject: I like the challenges learning German presents like the grammar (although it can frustrate me at times!). Especially at A2 I like studying the literature and films we've been looking at (although at AS I did study "Goodbye Lenin!" too it wasn't in so much depth). I like the translations, but most of all I love learning about the culture and being able to speak to the German guys at my school about stuff- it's like having a secret code and speaking English in a foreign country doesn't really compare as nearly everyone in the western world has learnt English since the age of about 2 :p: Sometimes my teachers do give a lot of work all at once, and it can be annoying but it's easy to get over it if you spread it out over a few days.
What I dislike about studying this subject: Irregular verbs, but you've gotta learn 'em. Used to dislike the sentence structures, but tbh German's sentences have a strict set of rules and once you learn them they're simple. Hmm what else? Well I can't really think of anything else I dislike about studying German at A2, but then if there were loads of things I wouldn't be applying to read it at university I guess!
What I like about studying this subject:Awesome..the history you learn..the books you learn at A2, the fact that theres topics that you can easily relate to as a teenager like media and mobilephones and ipods etc. so talking about pros and cons are really simple.
What I dislike about studying this subject:Workload omg..its craaaaazy..but if you get on top of it you'd come to enjoy the subject, if you leave it too late you'l find doing them a chore then begin to get bored of the subject. another thing is the accusative and dativ where der changes to dem or den or whatever..it leaves you very confused especially in grammar.
What I like about studying this subject: Learning a language really helped my confidence, doing work experience abroad was great and it's a great feeling when you can actually start speaking a reading with some degree of fluency!
What I dislike about studying this subject: quite formulaic; lots of just sitting down and learning vocab, and the grammar is fairly complex
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