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Year 9:

In Year 9 students follow an introductory course, including topics of self, family, school and leisure.  They cover basic grammar including present, past and future tenses whilst working across all linguistic skills.  They also study cultural topics relevant to the target language country including festivals such as Christmas, carnival and Easter. 


Year 10 & Year 11:

Course Leader: Ms Clarkson

Please note: you can only take German GCSE if you have studied it in Year 9.

Why you should take German to GCSE?

German is the mother tongue of more than 120 million people. You will be able to communicate not only with people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but also with those in Eastern European countries.
German is the second most widely spoken language in Europe.

Germany is one of the world’s leading economies and a good command of German will be an asset in the job market.
Course Description

The GCSE course is based on use of the language in authentic situations.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

You will study topics such as family and friends, marriage and partnership, social media, mobile technology, free-time activities and customs and festivals.

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

You will study home town, region, social issues, charity/voluntary work, healthy/unhealthy living, global issues, the environment, poverty, and tourism.

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

You will study topics such as your studies, life at school, career choices and ambitions.

Access to online learning resources such as Kerboodle and Vocabexpress will enable you to develop your language skills to the full by supporting the work that you do in the classroom.


The German GCSE language course is based on the four linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. GCSE German has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier; each is worth 25% of the GCSE.

Paper 1, Listening 

A written exam of 35 minutes (Foundation) or 45 minutes (Higher).

Paper 2, Speaking 

Non-exam assessment of 7–9 minutes (Foundation) or 10–12 minutes (Higher).

Paper 3, Reading  

A written exam of 45 minutes (Foundation) or 1 hour (Higher) including translation from German into English.

Paper 4, Writing
A written exam of 1 hour (Foundation) or 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher) including translation from English into German.

This GCSE will be graded on the new 9-1 scale.

Further Comments

By the end of the course, you should have gained not only a certificate but a practical competence in the language that will enable you to travel and survive in a work situation in a German speaking country. 

You will obviously benefit from extra practice in using a foreign language e.g. through corresponding with a penfriend, undertaking an exchange visit with our partner school in Heidelberg, watching foreign films and taking any opportunities which present themselves to talk in a foreign language.