Beginners German 1, Certificate | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
4 months
195 GBP/full
195 GBP/full
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This 16-unit Beginners German 1 course at The Open University UK takes you on a journey to German speaking countries and introduces you to the linguistic skills you need to communicate effectively in everyday contexts. 

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You will develop your reading and listening skills and learn to speak and write in German by studying 3–4 hours in each unit. You'll acquire a knowledge of the basic structures and key vocabulary to meet and greet people, learn to talk about yourself, and increase your awareness of the cultural diversity of German-speaking countries.

After successfully completing this Beginners German 1  course at The Open University UK , you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.

You will learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • communicate with speakers of German in a range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday life
  • know and use the principles of German pronunciation
  • understand and use the special German characters (such as the ‘Umlaut') and be able to word-process or hand-write them
  • better understand the cultural differences and customs between German-speaking cultures and your own.

The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Programme Structure

As you study over 16 units, you’ll learn to:

  • introduce yourself and to give your address
  • say your nationality and which languages you speak
  • say and understand German numbers
  • join basic conversations
  • use important German verbs such as ‘to come’, ‘to go’, ‘to buy’ and ‘to speak
  • use the plural of nouns
  • use pronouns that help you to express to whom something belongs
  • ask for and give information about other people
  • make use of your new language skills when travelling
  • understand and make bookings
  • understand messages left by speakers of German and leave messages yourself
  • have informal conversations
  • know about strategies to memorise and use German vocabulary and grammar
  • understand and use the pronunciation of German names and place names. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • Start: At anytime before registration end date
  • Registration closes 31 December





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this course. It’s suitable if you are completely new to German and to language-learning, and it does not assume any prior knowledge.
  • You will be given guidance on developing your language-learning skills such as different techniques to memorise vocabulary and approach grammatical topics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.
  • National

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.


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