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St Peter's 13-18


Brandenburg Gate, GermanyThe Course

There are four main topic areas for study during the two-year course: the development of German society (environment, education and the world of work), political and artistic culture in German-speaking countries (music, media and festivals and traditions), immigration and the German multicultural society and the reunification of Germany. In addition, pupils will study one German film and one work of German literature. They will also work on an independent research project which can be a topic of their own choice. They will need to speak about this in the oral exam. Pupils will develop their skills in lessons using teaching and learning materials which have been produced in consultation with the exam board, along with a wide range of other authentic materials such as newspaper and internet articles, radio and TV broadcasts and video clips. Pupils also benefit from one to one speaking lessons with the German assistant.


  • Paper 1 - 2hr
    Listening, reading and translation (German to English) - 40%
  • Paper 2 - 2hr 40m
    Written response to works and translation (English to German) - 30%
  • Paper 3 - 21-23m
    Speaking exam (internally conducted and externally assessed)- 30%

Examination Board: Edexcel

Pupils should have achieved GCSE or IGCSE grade 9 to 6. A modern language can be combined with another academic subject.

Additional Notes

There may be the opportunity to visit Germany during the course. For example, we ran a successful study visit to Berlin last Easter which provided valuable support for the topic of German reunification. There will also be the opportunity for students in the Fifth Form, who intend to continue with a language, to apply for an award to help with a study trip to a German-speaking country in order to improve their knowledge of the language and culture.