Why study German?


Germany is one of the UK's most important trading partners and German is spoken by 120 million people as a first language in Europe, and by many millions as a second or third language around the world. As globalisation is becoming more of a regular feature in our business world, many companies need professionals with language knowledge. A prior language study is increasingly a predominant criterion of selection. Various businesses recruit people with such skills.


The same applies to fields such as medicine, law, engineering, architecture, art and science, including environmental science.


Studying German can also lead to careers in translation (for businesses, communities) and education (Primary, Secondary and Higher Education). It is also expected that evidence of a working knowledge of another language will be one of the key components of the proposed English Baccalaureate.


What is the course about?


The aims of the course are to enable students to develop an understanding of German in a variety of contexts. It also allows them to increase their knowledge of German vocabulary and structures, to transfer language learning skills and to communicate effectively in German. Finally, the course aims to help students understand countries and communities where German is spoken.


What aspects of the language will I learn about?


There are four broad themes in the specification:


  • My World
  • Holiday Time and Travel
  • Work and Lifestyle
  • The Young Person in Society


Each of these broad themes has five sub-topics, many of which have already been covered in the FCSE (Foundation Certificate in Secondary Education): School and Future Plans, Travel, Transport, Daily Routines, Leisure.


Linguistic progression from the FCSE to the GCSE is characterised by students becoming able to:

  • Cope with a greater degree of unpredictability
  • Deal with a widening range of potential problems
  • Understanding and use more accurately a widening range of vocabulary and structures, including some unfamiliar language
  • Understand issues and options
  • Discuss issues and give options
  • Give full descriptions and accounts


How will I be assessed?


All four skill areas, Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, have equal weighting when these are assessed as a Final Examination. In place of a Writing Final Examination, students may be given the opportunity to submit three examples of written coursework from a portfolio produced during the course.

Exam Board - AQA

What skills are required?


The qualification requires students to:

  • Develop the ability to listen to and understand spoken German in a range of contexts and variety of style
  • Communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
  • Read and respond to different type of written language
  • Communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
  • Understand and apply a range of vocabulary and structures
  • Develop language learning and communication skills which can be applied broadly