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German IGCSE Course

Course Format:Paper-Based & Online Materials with Audio CD
Self-Study Time:Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)
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Gain a German IGCSE Qualification

The German IGCSE Course is designed for anyone wanting to improve their German language skills whether it be for business, pleasure or to progress to further education. The German language is spoken by 120 million Europeans which include the UK’s closest trading partners making this a valuable language to learn. As well as Germany, it is also the first language of Austria, an official language of Switzerland, the Italian South Tyrol and also parts of Belgium.

The German IGCSE course isn't intended for complete beginners, and it assumes that learners have some basic experience of the German language. This doesn’t have to be too broad and the first few lessons are designed to give a reminder of the German language.

The aims and objectives of the German IGCSE qualification are to enable students to develop:

  • Understanding and use of written forms and use of the spoken forms of the German language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes;
  • The ability to communicate effectively through the written word and through speaking of the German language, using a range of vocabulary and structures;
  • A knowledge and understanding of the target language grammar and its practical application;
  • A knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where the target language is spoken;
  • A suitable foundation for further study of the German language or another language.

The German course consists of a set of printed lessons with accompanying recordings (for Speaking and Listening exercises). The course is divided into five modules, with the first four modules tackling the basics of the German language and providing broad coverage of the five topic areas identified by the Edexcel specification. The fifth module extends this coverage to focus on speaking and listening skills.

The course contains twelve Tutor Marked Assessments (known as TMAs) which includes a practice oral assessment with the course tutor. 

Specification & Exams

The German IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE German (4GN1) Specification for examination in May/June 2025 or later years.

The closing date set by tutors for learners aiming for Summer 2024 exams has passed. The closing date for learners aiming for Summer 2025 exams is 15 November 2024.

The German IGCSE assessment is by two written papers and an oral speaking test:

  • Paper 1 - Listening (35 Minutes) is 25% of the total marks.
  • Paper 2 - Reading & Writing (1 Hour 45 Minutes) is 50% of the total marks.
  • Speaking Test (8-10 minutes) is 25% of the total marks.

Please Note: This course provides preparatory exercises, etc, for the speaking exam, but this component can be the biggest challenge for distance learning students. Depending on your circumstances, it is advisable to find as many ways as as possible to gain practical experience of conversational German.


It’s necessary for you to have some prior knowledge of German before starting this course. It’s also recommended that you have access to a German speaker for additional practice with the spoken aspect of the course.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course. 

All applications are subject to acceptance from our course advisory team.

The German IGCSE Course Includes the Following Units:

The following topics are covered:

  • Who’s at Home?
  • Appearance and Personality
  • Greetings
  • Tutor-marked Assignment A
  • Family Life
  • Nationalities, Countries, Jobs
  • Tutor-marked Assignment B
  • Hobbies
  • Joining Clubs

The following topics are covered:

  • Out and About
  • Tutor-marked Assignment C
  • The Domestic Environment
  • House and Home
  • Towns and Regions
  • Tutor-marked Assignment D
  • Daily Routine
  • MealtimesThe School Day
  • Studying
  • Tutor-marked Assignment E

The following topics are covered:

  • Travel, Transport, Finding the Way
  • Holiday Time and Travel
  • Buying Tickets
  • Tutor-marked Assignment F
  • Tourism
  • Talking about Holidays
  • Accommodation
  • Holiday Activities
  • Tutor-marked Assignment G
  • Keeping in Touch
  • Lost Property

The following topics are covered:

  • Emergency Services
  • Tutor-marked Assignment H
  • Domestic Chores
  • Healthy Living
  • Part-Time Jobs, Volunteering and Work Experience
  • Tutor-marked Assignment I
  • Entertainments
  • Shopping
  • The Environment
  • General Revision and Conclusion
  • Tutor-marked Assignment J

The following topics are covered:

  • Module Introduction
  • Listening and Speaking Basics
  • Everyday Transactions
  • Tourist Situations
  • Narration and Giving Information
  • Practice Oral Examination
  • Tutor Marked Assignment K
  • Practice Listening Examination
  • Tutor Marked Assignment L
Additional Reading

No additional reading is required, although there are some suggestions for supplementary reading in the course introduction.

Course Format

The course materials are supplied in a hard-copy format (paper-based) and learners can also receive access to the course notes online through a course portal at no additional charge. 

Learners often find hard-copy materials easier to work through and bookmark but the online access allows additional features such as direct links to YouTube Videos and online quizzes so having both versions available allows the learner the convenience and flexibility of both options. 

There are a set number of tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These are designed to help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student will have access to a course tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times they can be contacted.

There is no limit on how often you can contact a tutor. The advice and encouragement that tutors provide is an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Email or Post. All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Edexcel IGCSE Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most IGCSE examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools who are offering that specification. Edexcel IGCSE exams can also be sat in over 150 countries through International Schools or British Consulates.

We offer course materials and tutor support although we don't offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their exams. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the Edexcel page for private candidates.

Students can decide to study over a one year or two year period (providing the specification and exams are available over that duration). You can sign up for a course at any time although course tutors set closing dates for students aiming for specific examination windows.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

Students can decide to study over a one year or two year period (providing the specification and exams are available over that duration). You can sign up for a course at any time although course tutors set closing dates for students aiming for specific examination windows.

Please Note - Closing Dates for Examination Windows:

The nearest full examination window we can accept learners for IGCSE Courses is currently Summer 2025.

The closing date for learners aiming towards Summer 2025 examinations will be 15 November 2024.

When closing dates have passed, we can only accept learners aiming towards the next available examination window e.g. Summer 2026, or if more time is needed then learners can choose to aim for the next exam window e.g. Summer 2027 providing the specification is still available. All learners are required to choose their intended exam window as part of their course application.

November Examination Windows: Some IGCSEs also have a winter exam sitting in November. These include Business Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Science (Double Award). German, Spanish and Science (Single Award) are not available in the November exam window. The closing date for learners aiming for the November 2024 examinations is 29 April 2024.

Predicted Grades & References

Predicted grades without a reference are available free of charge on request. If applying to a college or other further education establishment and you require a refernce with predicted grades then this is available at an additional cost of £45.00. A course advisor will discuss your predicted grades and progress with each individual tutor and put together a comprehensive reference that can be sent on your behalf. 

Please Note: Students need to have completed a minimum of four assignments per subject in order for us to have something to base our reference/prediction on. 

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