GCSE German

Syllabus Title: German

Exam Board: AQA

Why do you need to study a language at KS4?

In the enlarged European Union, if you speak more than one language, you will enjoy more opportunities than ever before. Almost any job can involve languages, whether it is based in the UK or abroad. A language qualification will add a bonus to your career, making you more employable in the job market and you will be able to work anywhere in the EU or beyond.

The GCSE in German will develop further your language skills. You will have the opportunity to:

  • develop your ability to understand and use the language effectively
  • develop an understanding of grammar and language patterns to help you speak and write the language accurately
  • learn about other cultures and civilisations, comparing them to your own
  • carry on studying it for A level and at University

The two year GCSE course covers three main themes, which are subdivided in topics:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment.

If you decide to opt for a German at Key Stage 4, you must have studied it in Key Stage 3.

Exam details:  

GCSE German is a linear course with four compulsory papers assessing the 4 skills and carrying equal weighting:

  1. Listening (25%)  
  2. Reading (25%)   
  3. Speaking (25%)  
  4. Writing (25%)

All 4 papers are assessed and marked externally by the exam board and can be taken at Foundation or Higher tier.

RR6 offers a two year A Level course in German.

Extra-curricular Activities:

In Year 10, there will be an opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Germany.

Ms Mostefai (Head of Department)
Mrs Kent (Deputy Head of Department)