German as a foreign language is increasingly valued by employers, with Germany being the biggest economy in Europe by a long way.
Knowledge of a second language is now generally recognised as an indispensable tool, whether for going on holiday or for work. German at GCSE level provides students with the essentials of communication, enabling you to describe events and situations and convey your thoughts and feelings to a basic level and develop knowledge and understanding of German grammar.
The content of the course is essentially situation-based, preparing students for various interactive situations such as discussing home and school life, free time, local area, holidays and future career. By examining the four main language components of listening, reading, speaking and writing the course provides a sound foundation in language-learning for all students, whether intending to continue the subject to AS and/or A2 level or simply wishing to extend your skills base for future employment.
What students often forget is that the study of a foreign language greatly enhances their understanding of English, broadens their vocabulary and leads to huge improvements in communication and presentation skills – all of which are crucial to success at A level, at university and in any future caree
The curriculum supports the aim that the study of a modern foreign language will
broaden horizons, develop cultural knowledge and understanding and foster transferable skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and creativity.
This WJEC GCSE specification in German will enable learners to:
- develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy
- express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
- to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
- deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary in order for them to increase their independent use and understanding of extended
language in a wide range of contexts
- acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to a rich range of authentic spoken and written material, adapted and
abridged, as appropriate, including literary texts
- develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries
and communities where the language is spoken
- be encouraged to make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge
- develop language learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for
further language study and use in school, higher education or in employment
This linear qualification will be available in May/June each year.
The GCSE German is assessed in four examinations.
Exam Access Arrangements
Exam access arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange exam access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits exams.
To find out more about exam access arrangements click here
You can choose from the following study options:
- Online classes only
- Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
- Distance learning course