Introduction and benefits

Germany is home to the European Union’s largest economy and the country has the third largest economy in the world. It is also the world’s biggest exporter. Companies like BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Lufthansa, SAP, Bosch, Infineon, BASF, and many others need international partners and having German language skills definitely puts you at an advantage.

In addition to being the language of some of the world’s biggest companies, German has the highest number of native speakers in the European Union.

Due to the phonetic nature of the German language, the grammatical rules, and it’s similarity with English, learners often find German easier to follow.

At Colston’s Girls’ School pupils can study German from Year 8 and go on to GCSE and A-Level.

Curriculum outline

From day one in Year 7 students are starting to prepare for their Languages GCSE exams and follow a GCSE mastery curriculum. We aim to teach the following from the start of Year 7 so as to ensure all students become confident and enthusiastic linguists and master the skills required for GCSE:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Phonics
  • Dictionary and verb table skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Spontaneous Speaking
  • Grammar
  • Extended Writing
  • Authentic Listening
  • Authentic Reading
  • Memory skills
  • Culture



Course content:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

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

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment


Paper 1: Listening 25%, written exam

Paper 2: Speaking 25%, role play, photo card and general conversation

Paper 3: Reading 25%, written exam

Paper 4: Writing 25%, written exam

Useful Resources and Websites

  • E-learning
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • Grammar books
  • Vocabulary books

Kerboodle – general resources for all key skills  – online dictionary  – videos on a variety of topics  – variety of resources available

Extra curricular

  • Cinema trips
  • University lectures
  • Recording of German Song
  • German Day

Our students say:

“The course is very diverse in its teaching programme. We had role plays, watching movie bites, listening to radio broadcasting, practiced reading articles, while paying attention to grammar watching a movie in the cinema and discussing the story and characters in class afterwards . A good way to learn about the language and culture of a country.”

Staff contact

  • Mrs C Donovan – Teacher of German