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German 4 (Level 4)


Thursday 03 October 2024 - Thursday 22 May 2025, 6pm-9pm

24 sessions - Check class timetable


Please note: classes for this course run for two and a half hours from 6pm to 8.30pm.

This German 4 (Level 4) short 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.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly
  • understand television programmes and films without too much effort
  • understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style
  • understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to your field
  • express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes
  • formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate your contribution skilfully to those of other speakers
  • present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion
  • express yourself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length
  • write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what you consider to be the salient issues
  • select style appropriate to the reader in mind.

Assessment consists of continuous (20%), listening in-class (20%), written in-class (35%) and oral in-class assessment (20%) and class participation (5%).

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

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    You should choose this course:

    • if you have previously taken German 3 with us; or
    • if you have studied German and/or lived in a German-speaking country for at least a year following an A-level or equivalent qualification in the language; or
    • if you believe that you may have reached level B2 according to the CEFR.*

    If you enrol for this course, we may ask you to take a placement test, to check your level. We may advise you to go down a class (i.e. to German 3).

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.