GCSE German

Studying German at GCSE means that students will be able to express themselves spontaneously, creatively, as well as increasingly fluently and accurately in the language, both in speaking and writing.  The intention is to give students access to a vibrant experience of the culture of Germany and the German-speaking world, and an understanding of the most up-to-date language.

Lessons aim to be interactive and challenging, encouraging as much active participation as possible.  There is a considerable amount of work on comprehension of authentic spoken and written material, and on oral practice, as well as on essay planning and translation.  A firm grammatical foundation is established to deepen the students´ knowledge about how language works, and vocabulary is continually extended.  Cultural knowledge of the German-speaking world is strongly encouraged through watching films and listening to authentic music, as well as reading magazines and accessible literature.  

Assessments are based on past papers so that students are fully familiar with the demands of the exams before sitting them at the end of Year 11.

The examination (AQA specification) is broken down into four papers of equal weighting, which ensures that pupils of all abilities can perform well and achieve their full potential.

Paper 1: Listening

Paper 2: Speaking

Paper 3: Reading

Paper 4: Writing


(Role Play,
Photo Card,
General Conversation)

into English)

1hr 15mins
(90 word essay,
150 word essay,
Translation into German)

The themes address (a) Identity and culture; (b) Local, national, international and global areas of interest; and (c) Current and future study and employment.

During Activities Week 2, Year 10 students can participate in our long-standing exchange to Starnberg - It will be our 36th in 2018!  In addition, we invite a German theatre company to St. Olave´s to perform a play in Years 9 and 10, and Year 11 students have the opportunity to attend German film club.  In regular conversation lessons, our Native-Speaker Language Assistant provides further practice of the topics in small groups.

German degrees offer the chance to study the language, history and literature of one of Europe's most influential cultures. Opportunities for German graduates are excellent, driven by the continuing centrality of German business and politics within the European Union.  Graduates go on to specialist work as translators and interpreters, as well as putting their linguistic and analytical skills to use in the wide fields of business and finance, journalism, the law, the civil and diplomatic services, publishing, advertising, the tourism industry, and teaching.

German can be continued at St. Olave’s in the Sixth Form to enable progression to university study, either as a Language Honours Degree or as a Joint Honours subject, in combination with disciplines ranging from Politics and Law to Mathematics, Business or Science.  Even with non-language degree courses it is becoming possible to spend a year abroad studying or working for a German, Austrian or Swiss company.

Further detail can be accessed via:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668