ULGE51060 - LEAP German 6 (C1+)

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisiteULGE51050- LEAP German 5 (B2/C1) or equivalent e.g. A Level German grade A* plus a placement test carried out by course convenor.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Level of attainment: (C1+) By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1+ of the Common European Framework.
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This course is designed to consolidate students’ level of proficiency, not only with the use of complex grammatical structures of the German language but also with the introduction of sophisticated higher advanced written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary issues. Students will also gain experience in translating primary texts from and into German.  

Students will gain proficiency in the ability to appreciate and use nuanced language at this, the ability to appreciate and use tone, register, structure and style in oral and written communication and the ability to interact and negotiate orally in complex situations at a higher advanced level. 

The course also serve as preparation for the Goethe-Zertifikat C1 exam should students wish to sit for this internationally recognized qualification*.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate effective operational proficiency in the understanding and knowledge of language structure and grammatical rules;
  • follow debates, discussions, or conversations as well as communicate in a wide variety of situations using higher advanced complex and linguistically accurate structures (different types of discourses, registers, etc.);
  • understand longer concrete and abstract reading and listening material;
  • produce cogent, detailed text on most complex topics.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1+ of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, and cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hours or two 90 minutes seminars per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary.

This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and will be supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

72 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time.

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time).


All assessments are summative.

Non-credit students and members of the public need to be aware that written exams will not take place during lesson time.

Semester 1

  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 1 exam period in January

Semester 2

  • Listening exam; 10% weighting; held in week 11
  • Speaking exam; 30% weighting; held in week 12
  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 2 exam period in May/June

Dates to be confirmed.

*This course prepares the students to take the Goethe Zertifkat C1 exam which the Goethe Exam Centre at The University of Manchester is planning to offer in May/June 2024 (subject to confirmation before the start of the course). The student will pay the full external exam fee. (Fees are confirmed by the Goethe-Institut).

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from class-based learning activities and formal written feedback given following summative assessments.


Dorit Fellner-Whitgreave

Taught by


Maximum entry

23 per group

Set texts

Sicher! C1.2 Course- and Workbook with Workbook Audio-CD, Unit 7-12. ISBN 978-3-19-701208-7

Textbooks will be complemented by tutors with extra content and resources in order to ensure students will complete the required level in line with the CEF standards for each level.