German IGCSE Edit

IGCSE German (as a foreign language) is available from CIE and Edexcel.  'The speaking assessment is compulsory with all boards.

Note that it is difficult to find an exam centre  to do the Speaking Assessment.  Most centres will not do this for external candidates and CIE is internally assessed, so more difficult to arrange.  Please check that the centre you have in mind can do the speaking assessment.  Until recently, oral exams were optional for IGCSEs and unless the centre uses the qualification for its own students, staff may not be aware that orals are now compulsory in language IGCSEs. Please do not assume that the centre can do the speaking assessment unless they have said they will.

CIE IGCSE German (Foreign language) Edit

[IGCSE : German - Foreign Language (0525)]


There is one more exam season (2020) following the old CIE course (0525, but 9 -1 assessment). The new course will have its first exam summer 2021. Resources are not yet published, but will be available early in the academic year 2019/2020. Home Educators like CIE courses; the difficulty here is that the speaking is internally assessed by the centre, who need to understand this and agree to making this available. Check this carefully when speaking to the centre! In terms of content this course will not vary substantially from the other (I)GCSE courses, except for the actual structure of the exam.

Edexcel International GCSE German (Foreign Language) Edit

[International GCSE from 2017- German]

This has traditionally been vey popular with Home Educators, because often an IGCSE is easier to arrange with the centre than a GCSE with a practical element. This exam is offered by Faregos (exam centre for Home Educators) and is therefore a good practical choice. The exam has had minor changes to earlier versions of the course. A full set of resources will be available during the academic year 2019/2020.

AQA/EDEXCEL GCSE German (Foreign Language) Edit


These normal GCSEs are now available to external candidates, given that you can find a centre to take you on! They are very much designed for the UK market and resources are very good, but teacher's packs and audio material very, very pricey! The big new element in these exams is the translation in both directions, which before was left until AS level.

First language GermanEdit

The First Language, exam-only option is [CIE First Language German].  This has only written papers - no speaking and listening assessments - and thus is easier to find an exam centre for, but of course would demand a much higher standard of German (confident native speaker and writer level!!!).


Comments from HE-Exams listEdit

We are using Na Klar 3! (Nelson Thornes) for Edexcel German IGCSE.  I believe it's a GCSE textbook.  We coudn't find an IGCSE textbook to self-teach, as most of them seem to require owning a set of teacher CDs with audio & worksheets on them.  We are doing German through Wolsey Hall and have a tutor who uses Na Klar.    WH course is available for complete beginners and all required audio tacks and links to German websites are usable through the online portal.

Na Klar textbook cannot be used on its own and about 1/4 of the course requires the audio tracks.

We also use the AQA GSCE Grammar Workbook (OUP) - for extra grammar exercises, together with German DeMystified which has loads of written practice and an accompanying CD of audio.

All this, together with the software package Fluenz (expensive, but brilliant) and we think we are making progress.  Currently averaging an A* with all assignments being marked as per final exam marking scheme.

There is a lot to cover if DC hasn't studied German previously.  I think, if DC has studied KS3 German, the course would be very easy.

Make sure you have an exam centre for orals.  Some, like Campbell Harris, only offer German oral exams for Edexcel GCSE, AS & A level but specifically exclude IGCSE MFL with oral component.   We have been left with 3A Tutors in Bristol, unless we can find somewhere else by May next year.

Comment from another home ed family: As a course book my DS used ‘Edexcel international GCSE German ‘ by Marian Jones, Helen Kent Birgit Linton......published by Hodder education. There is a virtually identical one for CIE. He was teaching himself as I do not speak German. I had initially purchased 2 other course books before this one (Na Klar 3 & Logo) , however, both had too much ‘German’ in, so he had no idea how to work through the books. He had previously been learning German using Rosetta Stone before crossing over to IGCSE. DS also used Memrise for vocabulary. He was scoring A/A* on all his past papers.

Courses and Textbooks Edit

[Wolsey Hall German IGCSE] correspondence course

Each exam board has at least one endorsed book for a foreign language course. Publishers include Hodder and Pearson. Audio and teacher packs can be very expensive. If you can it's worth getting the book for the correct syllabus, although differences are not as major here as they would be for other subjects.

A-level German Edit

Edexcel offer an oral exam service for A-level German, so that you can sit the written papers at a local exam centre but then attend their London Orals Centre for the speaking test. This is only available for A-levels. Here is an extract from their information for exam centres on A-level language orals, which you can show to your examinations officer:

"If there is no teacher at your school to conduct an oral exam, it is possible to enter candidates for GCE orals with a Pearson Edexcel examiner in London. This service is only offered for Russian, Italian, German, Spanish and Urdu. More information is given on page 7 of the 2015 GCE French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Urdu Administrative support guide."

Online Resources Edit

[DuoLingo] - Free interactive site, good for a few European languages - also available as iPad and Android apps.  Includes lessons, tests, and a competitive and optional social element.  Great for teaching you exact spellings and accents.  Really good fun. May be better suited to teens than littlies as many of the sentences you have to translate are about drinking wine and beer!  As well as completing exercises and gaining points, you can help to translate the web via a crowdsourcing project.

[Busuu] - Interactive site and language learning community - can put you in touch with other learners to practise together.  

[Conversation Exchange] - Pairs you with another learner who wants to learn, say, English - you can meet, Skype, email etc.. to practise.

[Zut!] - Interactive language site, free outside school hours.  Covers French, German, Welsh and Spanish.

[Memrise] - Vocabulary building using fun mnemonics techniques in a game-like format.  Covers many languages including French, Mandarin and Japanese. “A world memory champion and a neuroscientist have joined forces to create a language-learning website called Memrise, which combines mnemonic tricks with a game to help users learn quickly and efficiently”

[Quizlet German IGCSE] - Vocabulary flashcards in German - use wider search terms, eg 'German GCSE' for more options.

[BBC Languages] - Courses in a number of languages, all free online.

Online Tutors via SkypeEdit

There are various online tutor sites where you can get one-to-one tuition over Skype, usually cheaper than face-to-face.  eg see [The Tutor Crowd] or this French specialist tutor:

Trixi Schirok-Huggett teaches German via a virtual classroom, mostly in small groups. She is a native speaker, qualified teacher and home ed mum. Contact her for more info: or Facebook Messenger.  

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