What is German?

German is a respected qualification that is valued by universities and colleges. The course gives you the opportunity to improve your ability to communicate formally and informally in a range of contexts and to understand a challenging range of texts, styles and registers. Speaking, reading, writing and listening skills are tested through four examination papers.

What will I study?

You will study the four examined skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in a structured and engaging way, looking at different topic areas and developing your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

What will I gain from studying German?

Knowing German can give you great advantages when looking for employment. Germany has the 3rd strongest economy and is the first export nation in the world.Learning another language will also improve your understanding of your own language. Languages are recommended particularly for those who would like to study English, History, International Relations, and Politics at University.

How is it assessed?

Paper 1 Listening 25%

Paper 2 Speaking 25%

Paper 3 Reading  25%

Paper 4 Writing  25%


Each paper draws on topics on vocabulary from the whole course, but assess one particular skill. Foundation Tier and Higher Tier are available.


Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE (9-1)

What do I need?

You should have studied German before, ideally for at least 2 years.  You need to be willing to work hard on improving your German. Reading widely and listening to German media regularly really helps. It is essential that you are regularly reviewing your knowledge of vocabulary throughout the course.


When is this exam available?

This exam is available in May/June every year.