The German Department

Key Stage 4

GCSE German is offered as an option at KS4 and students start the course in Year 9.  It is a 3 year course.  Students sit the exam at the end of Year 11. 

  • Current GCSE (Year 11)

The examination board is AQA and the course consists of 4 units – listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Listening and reading count for 40% of the final grade and are assessed at the end of Year 11.  Speaking and writing are assessed by controlled assessments completed in school over Y10 and Y11 and these count for 60% of the final grade.  The tasks are set by the teacher.

  • New GCSE (Years 9 & 10)

The themes taught are:

  • Myself, family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals
  • Home, town, neighbourhood & region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism
  • My studies, life at school & education post 16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 During the course, students will be assessed on the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, but also in vocabulary, grammar and translation.

Beyond the curriculum

The German team run an annual residential trip to Berlin during enrichment week in July. We have recently started an exchange with a German school.


A range of standard office software and specialist software to support lesson delivery is used, for example TaskMagic and Activeteach.  We also subscribe to various specialist websites such as Klar.  All classrooms have interactive whiteboards.  We have a computer suite available for booking.


Ms A Croft - Teacher of German and French

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