"Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt." "The limits of my language are the limits of my world." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

In an increasingly globalised world, learning German gives students access to the language and culture of three European countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union and is in the top ten most spoken languages in the world. As well as introducing pupils to the language of Einstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Freud and Marx; learning German offers numerous career opportunities, such as engineering, law, business and finance. Germany has the strongest and biggest economy in Europe and the fourth biggest in the world. In lessons, we aim to share our own passion for the German language and culture with our students and encourage them to use the language as much as possible in lessons. In order to provide an authentic language learning experience, we offer our Year 10 and Year 12 students the opportunity to travel to a German speaking country and access the language and culture first hand.

Students have 9 lessons over two weeks.

Exam board:


Entry Requirements: B at GCSE German





Year 12

Youth culture & concerns
Lifestyle: health and fitness

Travel &Tourism
Environmental Issues

Education and Employment
Revision / Exams

Year 13

Literature & The Arts

Customs and Traditions
The World of Work

Revision / Exam Skills

AS German

The course is divided into focused learning areas, to ensure that students are given the opportunity to cover all aspects of the German AS curriculum. These areas include; translation skills, comprehensions, essay writing and grammar. We use a wide range of learning and teaching techniques, exciting and stimulating challenges and activities to motivate our students, to deepen their learning and to promote independent thinking skills. We ensure our pupils are well-supported, but encourage them to take risks and to ask challenging questions.

Assessment will be through speaking, listening, reading and writing (based on stimulus material).

Unit 1: Spoken Response and Expression in German

  • 30% of the total AS Grade.
  • 15% of the total A Level Grade.

Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response in German

  • 70% of the total AS Grade.
  • 35% of the total A Level Grade.

A2 German

This course builds on the skills developed during the AS course. Again, in order to ensure that all areas of the curriculum are covered in depth, we use focused learning areas. These include; translation skills, comprehensions, essay writing and grammar. Students are also encouraged to develop their debating strategies in the foreign language, to keep up with news and current affairs, and to be able to hold conversations and write about these.

Assessment will be through a presentation and discussion / debate, translation, a discursive essay and a research-based essay.

Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response in German

  • 35% of the total A2 Grade.
  • 17.5% of the total A Level Grade.

Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response in German

  • 65% of the total A2 Grade.
  • 32.5% of the total A Level Grade.

Outside the classroom

  • Trips are run for GCSE and A Level students. Students gain first-hand experience of the language and culture of a German-speaking country. Past destinations have included: Berlin, Munich, Salzburg and Freiburg. We have also run cross-curricular trips with the French department (to Freiburg, Strasbourg and Basel) and with Humanities (to Berlin and Krakow, including a visit to Auschwitz.) The most recent trip was to Berlin, where students learnt about the culture and history of Germany’s capital and visited Berlin’s various attractions such as Checkpoint Charlie, The TV Tower and The Olympic Stadium. 
  • German Club is held at lunchtimes for all year groups.
  • Enrichment Day, where students take part in curriculum-related activities, enabling them to have different experiences in a variety of contexts. On the last enrichment day, students participated in activities such as watching and discussing a German film and cooking a traditional German recipe: Apfelpfannkuchen (Apple Pancakes).

Progression pathways and careers

Languages can open all sorts of doors for you in your future career, from teaching and interpreting, through to enhancing careers, such as journalism, the arts, law and the business world. The ability to speak a language offers an exciting range of travel opportunities at school, university and the world of work.

Please also note that Modern Language GCSEs now form part of the recognised English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and a GCSE language is required for entry to some of the best universities, even for non-language courses.

Languages are also useful for careers in travel and tourism, Business, Finance, Media or any other career that involves travel.

Useful links

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