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German language

German has 110 million native speakers worldwide and in first place in terms of numbers of native speakers in the European Union with 24% of the population giving German as their first language.  Germany is the UK's most important trading partner.  It is the world's third largest contributor to research and development, placing German in second place as the most important scientific language. 

British Council (2014), Languages for the Future


Taking German with IWLP as part of your degree (for 20 credits)?

  • If you are in the first year of your course (Part 1 or PGT) - select through online module selection as you do for your other modules. If the selection window has closed go to module selection or your support centre.
  • Returning students (Parts 2/3 and 4) - please discuss with a support centre how to change/add your module choices.
  • During the enrolment process you may be asked to complete a German placement test


Taking the language with IWLP but not as part of your degree (as non-credit)?

 Please note that applications for non-credits opens on the 1st September 2021.

If you are unsure or have any further queries please contact the IWLP Team on or telephone 0118 378 7318.

LA1PG1- IWLP German 1

This beginner module is for students with no knowledge (or virtually no knowledge) of the language. The module will give you basic survival skills, enabling you to make yourself understood and to find out information in common, everyday situations. Please note that students with GCSE or equivalent in the language cannot enrol on a Beginners' class.  

LA1PG2-IWLP German 2

This post-beginner module is for students who have some previous knowledge such as that acquired by taking IWLP German 1 (or equivalent) and can cope in common everyday situations using mainly the present tense. It includes revision of the basic grammar necessary for a sound foundation in the language.

LA1PG3-IWLP German 3

This lower intermediate module is for students with a basic knowledge of German, such as that acquired by taking IWLP German 2 (or equivalent) and can use basic past, present and future tenses reasonably correctly and who can understand the main points of spoken or written material. 

LA1PG4-IWLP German 4    (not Available in 2021-22)

This upper-Intermediate module is for students who have taken IWLP German 3 (or equivalent) and whose previous knowledge of German enables them to understand the main points of everyday spoken and written material (radio, TV, newspapers), and who can express their opinions with reasonable accuracy and fluency. 

Language Ladder

If your placement test suggests that your ability is already higher than the module offered by IWLP, or if in a previous IWLP module you reached the top of the stages available, you might be able to enrol on one of the language modules offered within the language degree programmes.  At Stage 4, you can choose between what is offered by IWLP and in the Department but at stages 5,6 and 7 modules are available only within the language degree programmes. For further information and advice please contact the IWLP Language Lead responsible for your language via  


Classes are 3 hours a week, split into a 2hour and a 1hour session on different days. Popular modules are offered in several parallel groups (A,B,C...) following the same syllabus.   You need to attend all 3 hours every week in one group. 


No additional fees are required for IWLP modules if you are:

- A current Undergraduate/Postgraduate Taught student taking IWLP modules as part of your

120/180 credits for the year (with permission by your School in your module specifications).

For other students:

- Non-credit fees for 2021/22 are currently £340 for the year. This will be billed to your student account during November.


- PGR students: If your School is going to fund your IWLP module please get the

 PGR agreement form  signed by your School Director of Teaching & Learning. Those not being

funded will be charged £340 to their student account in November.

- Staff: All staff are required to pay for their IWLP module. The fee is £340. If your School/Dept are willing to fund your module, please complete and return the  IWLP_Staff_Agreement_Form

All forms can be emailed to


We hope you will enjoy your IWLP module. If however there is a reason you need to withdraw, you will need to complete an iwlp withdrawal form. We cannot remove you from our records until we have received this form, even if you have told your home department/tutor. You can withdraw before the Friday of Week 4 of Autumn term (22nd October) without being charged.  Any withdrawal after this date, you will need to pay the full £340.

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