German is the most widely-spoken language within Europe, and has been the second most widely-studied in British schools for quite some time. With the increased take-up of Spanish, German is not often studied as much in some schools, as a large part of our language is derived from German (Anglo-Saxon). Here we still recognise the qualities of the language, and the success that studying the language can bring.

German has traditionally been seen as a logical language, and students with a more scientific nature have often enjoyed studying German for this reason. Some universities have asked engineering students to study German as well, due to the high reputation of German engineering, coupled with the potential of enhancing job prospects.

In Key Stage 3, the course is normally split into 6 modules, which are assessed half-termly. Projects, such as film reviews and work focusing on Celebrity Culture form part of later KS3 work.

Year 7 topic areas:

  • Personal Introductions
  • Family, Friends & Pets
  • School
  • Free Time
  • My Local Area
  • Shopping
  • Celebrations
  • Holidays
  • German-speaking Countries

Year 8 topic areas:

  • Holidays
  • Shopping
  • Food & Drink
  • Media
  • Health
  • Going Out & Daily Routine
  • Exchanges & Visiting Germany

Year 9 topic areas:

  • Media
  • School
  • Future Plans
  • The World Around Us
  • Famous People
  • The German-Speaking World

    In Key Stage 4, the GCSE course is split into 9 modules, which are assessed in the following way:

    Reading Exam: 20%

    Listening Exam: 20%

    Speaking Controlled Assessment: 30%

    Writing Controlled Assessment: 30%

    The topic areas covered are:

    • Personal Information
    • Media
    • Free time
    • House & Home
    • Shopping
    • School  & Further Education
    • The World of Work & Work Experience
    • Tourism & Holidays
    • Healthy Living
    • The Environment