Why choose German?

Gain an in-depth knowledge of German culture and learn to speak the language fluently.

If you dream of speaking a foreign language fluently and impressively and perhaps even working abroad, studying German will bring this ambition within your grasp and it will equip you with a variety of unique skills that will be invaluable in the future. You will become a more knowledgeable and informed person and debates and discussions in the classroom will give you a broad perspective on a wide range of issues and topics. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the culture and contemporary society of Germany. Topics will include social issues and trends, as well as the opportunity to explore cultural themes through film or literature.

We offer a choice of homework activities to develop your cultural interests and language skills at your own pace. There are native Foreign Language Assistants working in the Modern Languages department who are available to help and support you with small group conversation work. We also run a peer mentoring scheme. 

A German Society which is run by students will give you the opportunity to get involved in organising activities and events and to share your interest with other students.

The German department also offers you the opportunity to spend time in Germany, living with a German family and to experience German culture first hand.


“I really enjoyed the Hamburg Exchange and the work experience I completed while I was there. It was incredible to be so completely immersed in the language and my fluency and confidence increased dramatically.”

If you want a mix of activities in lessons and an intellectually stimulating course with a strong practical application, you will enjoy this subject. You will be amazed at the progress you can make. Experience the freedom and thrill of stepping into another culture!

“German has been a really interesting subject to study as you can see how your ability develops over the two years. There’s lots of opportunity for reading and listening to texts about things you enjoy during independent study. Lessons are such that you can develop your speaking and listening and writing skills and the teachers are available at lunchtime surgeries to go through any grammar points, which you may not have fully understood.”

This course involves:

  • Lots of pair and small-group speaking practice in lessons
  • A weekly conversation class in a small group with a Foreign Language Assistant
  • Working in the language lab at a pace to suit you
  • Writing in different styles
  • Reading newspaper and magazine articles
  • Watching films and the daily news
  • Debating contemporary topics and social issues
  • Researching on the internet
  • Choosing from a huge range of resources to practise your skills and extend your interests at your own pace
  • Reading and discussing literature.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade B in German