A balance between fun, learning and dedication makes the German department a happy, productive and successful environment in which to work and learn. Small classes enable each girl to get the attention she needs to achieve her potential and gain enjoyment through the ability to converse in such an important European language.

German can be studied from IV Form (Year 9) to Upper VI (Year 13).  In Upper V (Year 11) girls take the Edexcel International GCSE, in Year 12 and Year 13 the Edexcel German A Level.

Topics are studied through exercises developing all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), supplemented by thorough teaching of grammar. As a result, from an early stage, girls are using structures and vocabulary well beyond the course requirements, easing the transition from GCSE to A Level, as well as from the Sixth Form to further study of the language at University level.


At Queen’s Gate we will be following the course content of the new Edexcel International GCSE Specification for German. To be able to take German for GCSE you must have prior knowledge of the subject and you should have shown a consistently good level of attainment in all areas during IVth Form (Year 9).

The new Pearson Edexcel International GCSE course covers the following Topic Areas:

  • Home and Abroad
  • Education and Employment
  • House, Home and Daily Routine
  • The Modern World and the Environment
  • Social Activities, Fitness and Health

For further information please visit the link below:

A Level

Sixth Form language work is based on the exciting and challenging new specification from Edexcel, using the latest Edexcel A-Level text book. Edexcel has listed four themes for study:

1 Gesellschaftliche Entwicklung in Deutschland

2 Politische und künstlerische Kultur im deutschen Sprachraum

3 Immigration und die deutsche multikulturelle Gesellschaft

4 Die Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands

Themes 1,3 and 4 focus on Germany only, whereas Theme 2 is set in the context of any German-speaking countries or communities. A level students do all four themes. Each of the themes has been divided into a series of units, which correspond to the Edexcel sub-themes. These are: Nature and environment, Education and the World of Work for Theme 1; Music, Media, Festival and Traditions for Theme 2; Positive Effects of Integration, The Challenges of Immigration and Integration and Reactions to Immigration by the State and Society for Theme 3 and The Society in the GDR before Reunification, Events before the German Reunification, Germany since Reunification for Theme 4.

For further information please see the Specification below:


  • Standalone AS qualification (no longer counting towards the A level). A levels will now be fully linear, with students sitting their exams at the end of the two-year course. AS students can go on to take the A level in year 2, but the AS qualification will not count towards the A level.
  • Set literature at A level (choice of text or film at AS). All assessed through a target language essay.
  • Independent research project at A level assessed within the speaking exam.
  • Compulsory themes: social issues and trends, political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.
  • New Assessment Objective around knowledge and understanding of the target language culture – students will need to demonstrate this in the Edexcel specification in the speaking and writing components.