German IGCSE

German IGCSE

From enjoying meals with a host family, to travelling on public transport, booking holidays and sharing your hobbies, daily routines, career ambitions and views on social issues – this course offers all the skills you need to communicate effectively in German.

Why St Mary's

Learn the German language with the support and inspiration of teachers who are passionate about this subject. You will learn in our newly refurbished suite of language classrooms, with access to the latest German resources including engaging online ActiveLearn tasks.

You will develop the language skills to thrive in variety of situations in German-speaking countries, from travel and hobbies to discussing career aspirations and social and environmental issues. This IGCSE course focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, alongside German grammar, all delivered in a fun, interactive way through five engaging topics.

Our enriched learning opportunities can include:

  • Language week activities and challenges
  • Collaborative digital tasks and competitions
  • Regular lunchtime teacher surgeries to support progress
  • Access to Additional Learning Booklets for explanation and practice
  • One-to-one support with our German Language Assistant

Course overview

The syllabus content is organised around five topic areas:

  • Area A: Everyday activities
  • Area B: Personal and social life
  • Area C: The world around us
  • Area D: The world of work
  • Area E: The international world

All students take the following four examinations:

  • Paper 1 Listening
  • Paper 2 Reading
  • Paper 3 Speaking
  • Paper 4 Writing

As well as building your language skills, you will explore different cultures, customs and values to gain a range of transferrable skills:

  • Confidence in working with information and ideas
  • Responsibility towards own learning
  • Innovation to cope with new challenges
  • Commitment to take any opportunity to strengthen knowledge of the language


All students take the following four examinations, each worth 25% of the final grade:

  • Paper 1 Listening: students listen to a number of recordings and answer questions in German. The paper is divided into three sections and the examination lasts 45 minutes.
  • Paper 2 Reading: students read a number of texts and answer questions again in German. The paper is divided into three sections and the examination lasts 1 hour.
  • Paper 3 Speaking: students complete two role plays, a topic presentation with follow-up conversation and a general conversation. The examination is carried out by a teacher and lasts 15 minutes. It is recorded and assessed internally and moderated externally.
  • Paper 4 Writing: students have three different exercises and write exclusively in German. Section 1 has two questions: first students have to write a series of single words based on pictures. In the second question students are tasked to write 80-90 words. Section 2 gives the students a choice of three tasks with each task consisting of 130-140 words. The examination lasts 1 hour.

The listening, reading and writing skills are assessed at the end of Year 11 in external examinations. The speaking skills are assessed in the Spring Term of Year 11.

At a glance
  • Syllabus: CIE IGCSE 0525
  • Four examinations (worth 25% each of the total grade)
  • Engaging topics
  • ActiveLearn digital activities
  • Teacher surgeries to support progress
You will enjoy this course if you ...
  • Enjoy language studies
  • Are interested in other cultures
  • Plan to travel or work abroad
  • Have good attention to detail

What our teachers say...

"Teaching German has allowed me to live and travel in three different countries; with my language skills I have met some fascinating people from all around the world and I made many life-long friends."

On a personal level, studying German at IGCSE or A Level will increase your job opportunities and creates opportunities to enjoy a cultured and varied lifestyle. It also boosts your level of self-confidence and is incredibly rewarding.

On a more general level, the study of languages establishes deep connections and cross-cultural interactions resulting in a better understanding between groups, businesses and countries. Learning a foreign language helps promote cooperation between different countries, building a future of peace and collaboration.

Germany is one of the world’s biggest industrial countries with world-famous products. German language skills open up a world of higher education and professional possibilities.

For aspiring scientists, it is interesting to note that not all scientific journals and publications are translated into English. German is the second most common language used in scientific publications, therefore it it a useful skill to have for those working at research level.

Other industries require employees to with German languages skills, including tourism, entertainment, banking, manufacturing, engineering and commerce.

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