German Language Certificate Program (GLCP)

German Language Learning for Secondary School Students (Year 7 and above)

Deutsche Schule Melbourne offers an extra-curricular German Language Certificate Program (GLCP) for secondary school students in Year 7 and above. We offer these German language classes to our former students and any other students who possess equivalent language skills – giving them an opportunity to maintain and further develop their advanced German language knowledge. Our program follows the levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and is an excellent preparation for their VCE exam in the subject German. All students interested in an intensive German language program are welcome to take part in these German classes provided they fulfil the minimum entry requirement which is Level A2 as defined by the CEFR. The entry assessment will be conducted at Deutsche Schule Melbourne by our German teachers.

Our program is split into two parts:

Part 1 of our German Language Certificate Program runs over four semesters and prepares students for the Level B1 examination - as defined by CEFR. Level B1 means that students are capable of ‘intermediate use of the language’ and it allows students to enrol at a preparatory ‘Studienkolleg’ in Germany. Students will have to enrol with an external provider to sit the B1 exam.

Part 2 of our German Language Certificate Program runs over the following three years. It prepares students to sit the Level B2/C1 examinations as defined by CEFR. Level B2/C1 allows students to qualify – from a language perspective – for the majority of institutions of higher education and university level in German-speaking countries. Students who have passed the B2/C1 examination will only need to complete units 3 and 4 of the VCE exam in German and will receive a credit for units 1 and 2. Students will have to enrol with an external provider to sit the B2/C1 examination.

Program Fees

Our German language classes run as an extra-curricular program during the four terms of the school year. The program fees for our German language classes are $600 per term plus an additional $150 per year for books and materials. Examinations with an external provider incur a separate fee. 

Why choose Deutsche Schule Melbourne?

As a German English bilingual primary school with more than 15 years of experience, we consider ourselves to be a Leader in Bilingual Education. We are able to teach students without a German language background German to a native speaker level. We employ highly qualified teachers who are all German-English bilingual - and we place a lot of emphasis on their professional development. We are an active member of the German-speaking community in Melbourne and well-known for the cultural and educational events we organise. Our lessons cater to the needs of the individual learner, and feedback is regularly provided to students and parents. We are proud of our students’ very high success rate in passing their exams.

GLCP Teacher Ruth Schweda

Ruth Schweda is a highly qualified middle school teacher with the following qualifications and experience:

  • 2nd State Examination for in Maths, History and Political Science (equal to a Master’s Degree in Teaching)
  • Extension examination in English (equal to a Bachelor’s Degree in English)
  • Certificate for Bilingual Teaching (German – English)
  • Native German speaker
  • 10 years teaching experience in a German middle school in years 5 to 10

GLCP Teacher Emily Crosthwaite

Emily Crosthwaite is a highly qualified 'English as a Second Language' teacher with the following qualifications and experience:

  • 2nd State Examination in English as a Second Language and P.E. (equal to a Master’s Degree in Teaching)
  • Extension Examination in German as a Second Language
  • English native speaker
  • A total 2.5 years of experience gained at Anne Frank-Gymnasium in Aachen and Bonns’ Fuenfte Gesamtschule in Bonn
  • 6 months relief teaching in Western Australia and Victoria

GLCP Teacher Freya Kiesewetter

Freya Kiesewetter is a highly qualified Secondary School teacher with the following qualifications and experience:

  • Master of Teaching (Secondary) with the following methods: LOTE German and the Humanities
  • Native German speaker
  • A total of 2 years teaching experience on the primary, secondary and tertiary level
  • 3+ years of teaching experience as a German language assistant, preparing students for their VCE examinations