Students develop an understanding of German in a variety of contexts and genres, and learn to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively. They will also develop an awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of the countries or communities where German is spoken.

German is the most spoken language in the European Union and the tenth most spoken language in the world. Germany is the world’s largest exporter of goods (vehicles, parts, machines, chemical products, metals, etc.) and the largest European trading partner with the US, so a good knowledge of German is a valuable skill to employers.

Numerous universities offer combined courses, which means you can study two subjects, a foreign language together with another, and completely different subject.

Many German companies with UK based businesses particularly value fluent German speakers within their UK workforces. Career paths include Business, Management, Consultancy, Media and Journalism.

The topics selected are of relevance and importance to young people and aim to provoke interest and encourage those following the course to evaluate and use a high degree of independent judgement. The course focuses on how these themes manifest themselves in the countries and areas where German is spoken. This provides students with a valuable insight into the language and culture of the German speaking community.

  • social issues and trends, political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture
  • set literature – choice of text or film in German
  • independent research project

In addition to the Sixth Form entry criteria, students wishing to study this subject are required to have a minimum grade 6 in German and a grade 5 in English Language or English Literature at GCSE (or equivalent).

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