Why choose German?

The ability to speak a language is a vital skill in today’s international world. As Germany is our biggest trading partner, there is a need for fluent speakers of the language to promote our industry abroad. You may also simply be interested to know more about Germany, Austria and Switzerland, to find out for yourself about their history, literature, art and films.

Resources & Facilities

  • Large computer room
  • Computers with internet links and listening facilities
  • Various Language learning software
  • Data projectors in all rooms
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Comprehensive Modern Languages website

Teaching and Learning Styles

  • Extensive use of German in the lesson
  • A wide variety of subjects and aspects of contemporary society
  • Weekly oral lesson


Students are encouraged to take part in both exchanges to Berlin and
Munich which are offered during their two-year course.


The A Level will be assessed by external exams, in reading, listening,
speaking and writing skills. Both the first and second year include options
in Cultural Studies.

Profile student - Ruan Sarris

Ruan Sarris

German - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I’ve always had a passion for languages: from winning the regional German Spelling Bee in Year 7, leading right through to my role in year 10 and 11 as a Language Mentor Prefect for my school. Not only is there a shortage of German speakers within the UK workplace, but there’s also high demand for knowledge of German within business. German A Level, therefore, pairs up perfectly with my Business A Level and also my IT Applied Level 3 course because they all relate to the world of international business. In addition to this, I’ve also taken English Language A Level because it ties in with the theme of languages and demonstrates a high level of communication skills. After College, I am going to study a Level 4 Digital Marketing apprenticeship as a Junior Creative at DRPG, who deal with both UK and international clients. I would like to think that my knowldege of the German language will assist me when liaising with European business clients.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study a German degree, either single honours or in combination with another language. An increasing number of students study German with another subject, such as Law, Business Studies, History, Politics or even Music and Sciences. Almost any combination is possible!

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
German4GCSE German at grade 5 or avoveGCSE English Language at grade 5 or above.Willingness to talk freely in the target language. Desire to spend time in a country where target language is spoken.German Exchanges every year. Not compulsory but students should take part (£290-£350 for 8-11 days).

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