The GCSE German course is designed to build upon the linguistic structures that were laid down in German in Year 8. We continue to work in topic-based areas, where words and grammatical concepts are taught alongside each other. The areas covered are:-
Context 1 - Personal and Social Life
Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships and future plans.
Context 2 - The Local Community
Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.
Context 3 - The World of Work
Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers and technology (sending messages, accessing information).
Context 4 - The Wider World
Travel and holidays, media, social issues (eg. life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and the communities where the language is spoken.
Currently, this course is assessed through 4 terminal examinations, each worth 25%. Both the Reading and Listening papers have to be taken at the same level i.e. Foundation or Higher.
GCSE German will form part of the English Baccalaureate exam and will be beneficial for entry to Higher Education courses. There could also be the opportunity for students to visit the German Christmas markets to practice their speaking and listening skills. Students could also have the opportunity to visit Berlin in the summer term.
Why study German?
This language is developing in popularity due to the increase in commerce and travel. It is particularly vital for students who wish to enter the business and tourism sectors but can also be imperative for those who wish to pursue a career in the engineering or medical sectors.