German Course Outline

Qualification - GCSE

The course will give students the opportunity to develop their understanding and communication in their chosen language to a higher level. It will also allow them to learn more about the culture of the countries where their languages is spoken, particularly if students take part in the exchanges offered by the MFL department.

Comprises of 3 themes over 2 years:

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

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

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment.

Skills Required

To be successful you need to:

• Have a willingness to learn, try new things and make mistakes!
• Have an interest in foreign languages and cultures and be prepared to work hard to develop your communication skills in a foreign language.

Assessment Method

All units will have a Foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher tier (grades 4-9) Students must take all units at the same tier. Each unit is worth 25% of the total grade.
Unit 1 – Listening: 35 /45 mins exam at end of Y11.
Unit 2 – Speaking: Speaking assessment with class teacher at end of Y11.
Unit 3 – Reading: 45 mins or 1 hour exam at end of Y11.
Unit 4 – Writing: Written exam at end of Y11 1 hour or 1 hour 15 minutes.

Post 16 Opportunities and careers

Successful completion of a GCSE in a modern foreign language is often a key requirement for further education. Students have the possibility of continuing either of these two languages onto A-level, and could then study for a degree in languages, which could be combined with other subjects such as business, linguistics or journalism. Possible careers in languages include translation and interpreting, law, journalism, media, business and marketing as well as education.

“The main thing that I enjoy about languages is the chance to make friends with people in other countries and communicate with them.”

‘Using a language at work could increase your salary from 8-20%’




Videos from the Department

Miss Mark discusses what topics you will cover and learn to talk about in German, as well as what extra-curricular activities are available!