University of dundee german

University of dundee german

Graduate Diploma in German by Distance Learning GradDip

A two year distance learning course – study German language and culture to Graduate Diploma level, at your own pace, when and where you like. Join our ‘virtual’ learning community, in regular contact with your German tutors and fellow students.

German is used by over 100 Million people worldwide as a first language and the most widely spoken first language in the European Union.

Study the German language and culture to Graduate Diploma level, at your own pace, when and where you like.

Who should study this course?

Are you:

  • a Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a recognised additional teaching qualification in German?
  • a Primary, Further or Adult Education teacher who would like to improve their German for teaching purposes?
  • an advanced student of German (Higher+) who wishes to gain a University Diploma in German for work purposes or for personal interest?

If the answer to any one of the above questions is YES, then this course is for you.

Teachers, please note this course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

We have a long established tradition of language teaching here, both with students at the University of Dundee and via distance learning. We use a combination of online tools, including web conferencing, and face-to-face immersion days, to give you a range of experiences in the language.

Experienced staff (both native, and near-native German speakers) are responsible for the course design, delivery and student support.

The Diploma is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and carries a credit rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-10).

We are fortunate to have the support of the Goethe Institut for this course.

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Residence abroad

For those taking the Diploma course as an additional teaching qualification, residence abroad is normally a pre-requisite for GTC(S) registration in German (Secondary).  This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.

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Distance learning

How you will be taught

Experienced staff (both native, and near-native German speakers) are responsible for the course design, delivery and student support. Take a look at our staff profiles for more information about the German teaching team.

The course is organised into modules of approximately ten weeks duration, which are made up of reading materials and audio information, plus web conferences (using Skype or an equivalent technology). Other online tools include a Discussion Board for formal and informal course discussions.

Two German Immersion Days per academic session are held online, providing a chance to chat with other course participants, practice oral skills, and participate in a variety of activities.

You will be expected to buy the course textbook, a reference grammar book, a good bilingual German-English dictionary, and occasional literary texts.

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How you will be assessed

A wide variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course.

The course project consists of an extended essay and a series of lesson plans or equivalent for non-teachers. At the end of the course there is a two and a half hour written examination and an oral examination, both normally held online.

What you will study

The course aims to provide the challenge of an undergraduate curriculum in practical German.  Learning materials are of wide general appeal as well as of interest to language teachers and are studied in modules of approximately ten weeks duration throughout the course. The choice of assessments and the project allow participants to focus on their own specific interest areas.

The course covers the following skills and topics:

  • German language, including grammar and communication skills
  • culture and society
  • themes such as 20th Century literature, education, the environment, and German cinema
  • professional studies
  • project

Applicants will normally have a pass in Higher German (or equivalent, such as the Dundee Intensive German course by distance-learning), plus an undergraduate degree or equivalent. If you are a Secondary MFL teacher seeking an additional qualification in German, your undergraduate degree should normally be in another Modern Foreign Language, and you should hold a current Secondary MFL teaching qualification.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes