GCSE German

We've updated our qualifications to reflect changes to 2021 exams and assessment.

Read about the changes to 2021 exams for GCSE German

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8668
  • QAN code: 601/8159/X

Our GCSE German specification has been created with teachers to ensure our assessments are clear and accessible, with a range of topics which aim to expand students’ cultural knowledge.

Students will be tested in listening, reading, speaking and writing and will develop transferable skills, relevant to further study and the world of work. The range of topics within the specification aims to inspire students who are interested in German culture and German speaking countries.

We’ve also created a variety of resources to support you in planning, teaching and assessing this specification, in a way that stimulates and motivates your students.


Specification at a glance

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Past papers, mark schemes and example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 17 June 2021 Exam for GCSE German Paper 1 (8668/LF)
    Series: June 2021
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 35m
  • 17 June 2021 Exam for GCSE German Paper 1 (8668/LH)
    Series: June 2021
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 45m
  • 17 June 2021 Exam for GCSE German Paper 3 (8668/RF)
    Series: June 2021
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 45m

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I believe AQA has worked diligently to digest the regulatory requirements and develop a specification that is fit for purpose to suit the needs of UK students.

Leigh Milkamanavicius, Director of Languages, Walsall Academy

Leigh Milkamanavicius

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