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German GCSE

Head of Department: Mrs R Cox 

What is GCSE German?

Knowledge of German is not just another GCSE grade – it is a concrete and demonstrable life skill, like being able to drive a car or touch-type, and it is a skill highly-valued by employers. Germany remains the largest single export market for British goods outside of the USA, and Europe's largest economy – with a GDP of more than €3.3 trillion – continues to defy the Eurozone downturn. So, it's no surprise that UK companies want to hire employees who know their umlauts from their eszetts. Studying German will not only develop your language skills, it will improve your social skills, expand your cultural knowledge, and allow you to experience a sense of achievement.

What skills will I develop?

GCSE German teaches you communication skills, adaptability and cultural awareness. Learning how to interact with speakers of another language means you are less likely to be stuck in one mode of thinking.  It can help you see things from a range of perspectives, develop your problem-solving skills, and make you more adaptable, resourceful and creative. You should develop language-learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare you for further language study and use in school, higher education or employment.

What syllabus will I follow?

You will follow the AQA GCSE German syllabus (8668). AQA’s objective is to enable pupils of all abilities to develop their confidence in a variety or contexts with confidence.

What will the course look like?

Topics covered during the two-year course are divided into three themes and each theme covers four topics.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in German-speaking countries

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

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

During your GCSE German course you are strongly advised to take part in the well-established and popular exchange we offer to Bad Hersfeld. This is an excellent way to improve language skills, develop cultural understanding and make international friends.

What homework will I get?

You will be expected to complete homework on a weekly basis. This will include learning vocabulary (using Quizlet) and verb formations, practice in the use of grammatical structures, reading exercises, speaking presentations, extended pieces of writing and online learning.

How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% final exam and each skill area (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be worth 25%. Skills are assessed at Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher Tier (grades 4-9). The use of dictionaries is not permitted in any exam.

What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

There are many opportunities to travel or work with organisations abroad where some knowledge of German is a clear advantage: interpreter, teacher, translator, journalist, sales executive, marketing executive, tour manager, editor to name but a few!

The range of combined degrees and further education courses involving German is limitless e.g. law, music, philosophy, history or English could all be combined with German. Many universities even offer funding for students to continue or extend their German knowledge by travelling or working abroad during the long vacations.

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

Yes, you must have studied German in year 9 to follow this course.

If I need additional support, what can I access?

You should have access to a bilingual dictionary, either online or in a paper version, at home. Your class teacher will inform you about revision guides and about support sessions offered.

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