I chose to study German at A level as I really enjoyed it at GCSE and wished to continue with the language at a higher level. At first it can be incredibly daunting studying a language as a non-native speaker and having not grown up with the language, but the German department is very supportive and encouraging, and the small-class sizes mean that you benefit greatly from every lesson and my language skills have improved as a consequence.
What I love about the German course is the wide variety of subjects that it touches on- there are always parallels between my other A-levels and times when I can draw upon existing knowledge. Studying A Level German has helped me to improve both my German language skills and knowledge of German culture, society and its history. The latter aspect has tied in really well with my History A Level, helping me to understand key terms and incite a level of depth in my knowledge that would otherwise be unachievable. Both the film and novel that we study as part of the German course touch on important historical themes which I found incredibly useful and insightful. The course also offers a wide variety of other topics, ranging from art and architecture in German speaking countries to Germany and its role in the EU. Therefore there is something to offer everyone and the different aspects of the course really help to develop a greater understanding of Germany as a whole.
After College I will be studying History and German at university, and with the knowledge I have obtained during my A level studies, I believe I am ready to tackle the challenge of university.