Head of Department: Mr N Saxton (Head of Faculty) -

German is an important language in modern times, not least because:

  • The German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide. Its economy is comparable to that of all the world’s Spanish-speaking countries combined.
  • Germany is home to numerous international corporations, are world leaders in engineering and is the world’s second-largest exporter.
  • German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union (far more than English, Spanish, or French).
  • German and English are very similar, many English words came from German.
  • German is the language of some of the greatest minds: Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche, and Kafka, of Mann, Brecht, and Grass. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, and Schoenberg all spoke and wrote German, as did Freud, Weber, Einstein, and Heisenberg, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger.
  • German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world.
  • 18% of the world’s books are published in German and relatively few of these ever appear in English translation.

The syllabus focuses on devoping the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Listening: skills of listening for gist and information in German.
Speaking: confidence to give information about particular topics in German for different purposes and audiences.
Reading: skills of reading for gist and extracting information from German texts.
Writing: confidence to write creatively an in-depth about certain topics in German.

Year 11 Course Title: GCSE (9-1) German

Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 1GN0   Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)


Listening: Written  Examination – 25%
Speaking: Oral Assessment – 25%
Reading: Written Examination – 25%
Writing: Written  Examination – 25%

GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)

Year 9

Term 1: 
Parts of the body, illness, daily routine, health and fitness, separable verbs and revision of the perfect tense
Term 2: 
Role models, past experiences and future plans, music and festivals, irregular verbs and subordinating conjunctions
Term 3: 
Jobs and ambitions, comparing the present to the past, the conditional tense and the imperfect tense

Year 10

We are awaiting confirmation of the schedule from Edexcel for this section.  As a new specification, this unit will be taught for the first time in September 2017.  Current Year 10 students are continuing with their existing studies.

Year 11

Term 1: 
Work and work experience, future plans, Controlled Assessments
Term 2: 
Food & Drink, sport, health & fitness, Controlled Assessments?
Term 3:
Examination practice for the Listening and Reading Examinations

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7

Term 1:
Introductions, numbers, age and birthday, different countries and languages, family and pets
Term 2: 
School – classroom objects & school items, school subjects, telling the time, the school day, free time, the present tense
Term 3:
Free time activities, weather, house and home

Year 8

Term 1:
Food and meals, buying snacks and food, quantities, healthy eating, town and local area, directions, modal verbs
Term 2: 
Clothes & fashion, shopping for clothes, the future tense
Term 3:
Holidays, the perfect tense, Using the three tenses together

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