GCSE German

Teacher to contact for further information:  Mrs Ertmann
Type of qualification: GCSE
Type of assessment: Listening 25%
Reading 25%
Speaking 25%
Writing 25%
Summary of subject content: For all 4 parts of the exam, 3 main themes will be studied:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Listening: A range of questions to be answered in English/German/non verbally. (Foundation and higher)
Reading: A range of questions to be answered in English/German/non verbally. (Foundation and higher)
Speaking:
Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes including role-play (2 minutes), discussion of photo card (2 minutes) and general conversation (3-5 minutes)
Higher tier: 10–12 minutes including role-play (2 minutes), discussion of photo card (3 minutes) and general conversation (5-7 minutes)
Writing:
Foundation tier:
• Question 1 – message (write four sentences in response to a photo)
• Question 2 – short passage (write a paragraph in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words)
• Question 3 – translation from English into German (minimum 35 words)
• Question 4 – structured writing task (respond to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words) – there is a choice from two questions
Higher tier:
• Question 1 – structured writing task (respond to four compulsory detailed bullet points, approximately 90 words) – there is a choice from two questions
• Question 2 – open-ended writing task (respond to two compulsory detailed bullet points, approximately 150 words) – there is a choice from two questions
• Question 3 – translation from English into German (minimum 50 words)
Progression routes: People with language skills and knowledge usually have an advantage over people without them. They stand out as talented and successful people, with broad and exciting horizons. Taking GCSE German means you will:
• Add an extra dimension to your personal skills profile which will impress anyone who reads your CV.
• Be in a stronger position to get a job in companies with international links or improve employability if you would like to work abroad.
• Be able to work or study in a German-speaking country in later life.
• Be able to study the A Level German course to further your knowledge of the language and culture.
• Find it easier to learn other languages later if you want to or are required to in your career.