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German GCSE as outside student

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tannenzapfle Thu 23-Mar-17 13:26:29

DC14 and DC11 are bilingual German/English and attend school in Germany.

Is there any way that they could sit GCSE German in the next year or two as an outside candidate? Have anyone else's DC done something similar? How do we organise such a thing? We would be able to bring them over for exams.

Any advice welcome.

tannenzapfle Thu 23-Mar-17 13:30:56

Just to add, the DC are British and would like to attempt a British qualification.

Lapinlapin Thu 23-Mar-17 13:32:40

Lots of external candidates sit exams, so it's definitely possible.

You could contact a school in the UK that you'd want your dc to sit the exam at and they could help you.

I would also contact the exam boards to see if there's an international school near you in Germany. You might find it's possible for your dc to do the exams there. However if you're coming over to the UK anyway, then it might be easier to do it here.

Don't forget though, that the GCSE might not be necessary. Might it not make more sense to wait a few years and then just let them sit German A Level?

LIZS Thu 23-Mar-17 13:35:22

There are assessments - reading and listening, writing, oral etc - which are taken during the course as well as the final exam. Probably best to find somewhere local which does igcses.

ShanghaiDiva Thu 23-Mar-17 13:44:50

If you contact the exam board - it would be to take an igcse in Germany , so either edexcel or cambridge they will tell you which exam centres take external candidates.
My son took the igcse as an external candidate in China. You could wait and take the A level but ime the essay paper with Cambridge A level does require a certain level of sophistication with regard to thought processes and may not be suitable for really young candidates. My son took the A level when he was 15, and found the essay paper quite tricky. However, he hasn't attended a German speaking school since he was 8 so really needed to improve his formal writing.

tannenzapfle Thu 23-Mar-17 15:27:48

Thank you everyone! Lots of really useful information. I'll look into all of your suggestions.

remoaniac Fri 24-Mar-17 12:53:16

One other option would be to do a Goethe Institute exam that would be accepted as an equivalent (or better than) the GCSE. I am looking into this for ds as his school does not teach German to his year group so he can't do GCSE.

clary Sat 25-Mar-17 14:57:22

No controlled assessments any more LIZS, it's all on exams now (in all four disciplines) unless they were thinking of doing it this June?! grin - last year of coursework.

LIZS Sat 25-Mar-17 14:58:45

Even igcse Clary?

ShanghaiDiva Sat 25-Mar-17 15:50:41

Igcse - edexcel and Cambridge - did not have controlled assessments or coursework - all exam based.
We live in China so all my son's exams we're igcses and the only one with coursework was English language.

LIZS Sat 25-Mar-17 16:06:26

Dd is taking igcse German (edexcel) this year.

clary Sat 25-Mar-17 17:26:27

Ah sorry no don't know about igcse at all, thought you meant gcse smile

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