German

Why study German?

If you want to be a real player in the 21st century, learning German will give you the edge you need. Keep in mind: around 229 million people worldwide communicate in German.

  • Leading universities such as University College London require a foreign language GCSE as part of their admission policy
  • Enhance your employment opportunities in the global economy. German has the largest economy in the E.U. and the third largest economy in the world.
  • German is still a leading language of science, literature, art, philosophy and history.
  • Learning German together with History or Geography will help you gain the EBac qualification, which opens doors to the best sixth forms and colleges in the country.
  • Graduates with a foreign language on their C.V. earn more money on average.
  • German is an amazing language, which is easy and rewarding to learn and easy to speak.
  • 75% of employers want language skills!

What does it prepare me for in the future?

German can be continued at A Level in the Sixth Form, and then at University or College. There are numerous dual subject courses available at 18+, combining German with a wide variety of other subjects. Opportunities for employment exist within travel and tourism, commerce, secretarial, interpreting, translating and many other spheres. Good communication skills are highly valued by employers, and a qualification in German fulfils this criteria.

What will I learn?

In Year 10 we cover themes such as: discussing our lifestyle, health, diet, temptations with alcohol and smoking, relationships and choices, free time, media and holidays. In Year 11 we study the world of work, education, future plans and environmental issues.

What skill will I acquire?

The course will enable pupils to:

  • develop their ability to use language effectively for purposes of communication
  • form a sound basis of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure and to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
  • offer positive insights into the culture and civilisation of German speaking countries and to encourage a sympathetic approach to other nationalities
  • promote learning skills of a more general application e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences, recognition of attitudes and emotions, summarising, reporting and explaining
  • access reference materials including dictionaries and information technology to promote independence in language learning.

How is it assessed?

Two examinations in listening and reading at the end of Year 11 at Foundation or Higher Level 20% each
  • Two controlled assessments in both writing and speaking during the course
30% each skill