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German Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5

Learn how to speak and understand German from beginner level and discover the diversity of cultures in the German-speaking world. You can take this module individually, or as part of the Certificate of Higher Education in Culture and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) or a BA degree.

We offer German language courses from beginner to advanced levels:

  • German 1 (beginner level)
  • German Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5 (subject to placement test) (intermediate level through to proficiency).

German Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5 is the general enrolment course for all students wishing to study German 2, 3, 4 or 5. You will be asked to take a placement test to enable us to assess your current level of knowledge and place you on an appropriate course. Below is some information about what is studied at each stage.

After enrolling online, you will receive an email with a placement test and instructions about how to submit it. You can also enrol in person at the Student Advice Service or by phone on +44 (0)20 7631 6316. You should then call the Cultures and Languages Office on +44 (0)20 7631 6113/6170 and they will send you a placement test.


This 29-week course will develop your ability to interact in German in a wider range of everyday situations and leads to CEFR B1 (Intermediate)/AS level*. It teaches you to tackle more difficult and specialised texts and to consolidate your knowledge of basic grammatical structures. You will practise speaking, listening, reading and writing, and also develop your knowledge of the German-speaking countries. Classes are interactive and taught by native or near-native speakers.


This 29-week interactive module is designed to help you practise and improve your oral and written comprehension, written composition and conversation, and leads to CEFR B2 (Upper Intermediate)/A-level+. You will be introduced to more complex grammatical structures, helping to bring your German up to an advanced level. A variety of media and class activities also develop your knowledge of the cultures of the German-speaking countries. 


This 29-week course will help you to attain a level of proficiency in your German language skills and leads to CEFR C1 (Advanced)/post-A-level*. You will be able to express a wide range of ideas on complex topics in both written and spoken German. The course focuses on areas of grammar that allow for nuanced modes of expression and those which pose a particular difficulty for learners of German. Particular emphasis is placed on text comprehension, essay writing and oral skills.

German 5 (Proficiency)

This 24-week course, leading to CEFR stage C1 (Advanced)/C2 (degree level)*, will increase your textual understanding of German passages, for example on current affairs in Germany. The minimum exit language level for this module is CEFR C1 level but students who perform at the higher levels of achievement can be taken to have reached CEFR C2 level. The course aims to help you build up vocabulary and achieve a good command of syntactical structures in German. You will also have the opportunity to practise your spoken German and enhance your comprehension skills.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.


Some classes fill up quickly so you are encouraged to enrol as early as possible.

German 2, 3, 4 and 5 can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of a Certificate of Higher Education (German 2, 3 and 4 only).

30 credits at level TBC

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the class you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. There is no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 08-Oct-20 6pm-9pm

Class code AREL006ZZZZZ