The GCSE German course builds upon the linguistic structures and vocabulary that has been introduced in German in Years 8 and 9. Students will continue to improve and refine their linguistic accuracy and fluency through the exploration of a range of relevant and engaging topics.
This course is assessed through 4 terminal examinations, one in each modality of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Each exam contributes 25% of the overall grade. Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher tier, with all 4 papers being taken at the same level.
The course content is divided into three themes as outlined below:
Theme 1: Identity and Culture
Family relationships, friendships, food and eating out, social media, technology, free time and hobbies.
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global interests
Holidays, weather, home town and local area and the environment.
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers and school life.
During the GCSE course there may be opportunities for students to visit Germany to practise their speaking and listening skills in an authentic context. Students will also be exposed to a range of authentic German resources throughout their studies including songs, films and TV shows.
Why study German?
Language qualifications are highly sought after by employers and a valuable addition to any application to Higher Education courses and universities. The ability to communicate in another language demonstrates a range of transferable skills which can be applied to a career in any sector.