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German 3 (Level 4)


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This German 3 (Level 4) short course 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.

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

  • understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar
  • understand most TV news and current affairs programmes
  • understand the majority of films in standard dialect
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints
  • understand contemporary literary prose
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible
  • take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining your views
  • present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to your field of interest
  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to your interests
  • write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of, or against, a particular point of view
  • write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.

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.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

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 2 with us; or
    • if you have previously studied German and taken a qualification such as A/S-level, A-level or equivalent in the language; or
    • if you believe that you may have reached level B1 according to the CEFR.*

    Once you have started the class, normally within the first two weeks, we will check that your level is appropriate for the class, and we may advise you to go up or down a class (i.e. to German 2 or German 4).

    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.