Pursuit of major subjects in computer science

High school intermediate level

The lessons in the Gymnasiale Mittelstufe serve the basic goal of the Gymnasium - the Acquisition of a broad and in-depth general education. In the middle level, the pupils are gradually given the opportunity to set individual priorities and are thus prepared for a successful visit to the upper level of the gymnasium.

Also the Career orientation and the introduction to the world of work are fixed components, so that at the end of the intermediate level the way to vocational training or a further professional course is also open to the pupils. The intermediate level of the Gymnasium education program comprises grades 5 to 9 (G8) or 5 to 10 (G9).

Quota lesson table

Classes at the Gymnasium take place from grade 5 onwards on the basis of a quota of hours. This stipulates how many hours the students must have completed in the respective subject by the end of lower secondary level. The school decides how these hours are distributed in the respective subjects and across the individual grades. You can use it to set your own priorities and sharpen your profile.

The quota table of the shortened grammar school course (G8) differs from the quota table of the non-shortened grammar school course (G9). Between grades 5 to 9 (G8) or 5 to 10 (G9), schools have the option of making shifts that are appropriate for their individual situation. It is important that the annual number of hours per week of 265 hours stipulated nationwide by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) is achieved for the individual subjects at the end of grades 9 or 10.

TheRegulation on theS.timetablesfor the primary level and theSecondary level I. can be found in the School Law section under Lessons.

Elective courses / third foreign language

The five hours available within the framework of the total number of hours Elective classes can be used flexibly by schools with a shortened grammar school course (G8) in grades 5 to 9 and are generally intended for:

  • a third foreign language,
  • the introduction to the world of work,
  • Computer science,
  • the reinforcement and supplementation of compulsory lessons,
  • the deepening and expansion of the educational mission of the school,
  • the pursuit of socio-educational goals,
  • the development of individual inclinations and priorities in the context of the school's educational offer or the school profile.

There is also the possibility of Funding and differentiation offers as voluntary teaching events (Arbeitsgemeinschaften - AGs) to count towards the teaching obligation. The respective school conference makes the decision on the type, scope, focus and distribution of the hours to the individual years, whereby this decision should reflect a coherent concept that is based on the school profile and on the school-specific education and upbringing priorities carried out in the entire school community Corresponds to quality criteria.

The students in the non-abbreviated gymnasium course (G9) should attend four hours of elective lessons during the middle school. The granting of elective lessons or the third foreign language is provided for in grades 9 and 10. The same options and regulations apply to the content design and evaluation of elective courses as for schools with G8. If a pupil chooses the third foreign language as an optional lesson, this will last 6 hours due to the fact that language lessons can be connected to the upper level.

The schools are responsible for ensuring that the occupancy is adhered to in the course of the intermediate level. The occupancy is documented by certificate entries. The pupils and their parents are advised accordingly by the schools.

Participation in elective lessons is - except in the field of foreign languages ​​- not documented with grades, but with the notes "participated", "participated with success" and "participated with good success". Because of the already mentioned connectivity of language lessons in the upper level, grades are generally to be used in the foreign languages, unless it is an offer from the area of ​​a working group (e.g. "Swedish working group") which is in the upper secondary level cannot be continued.

Grades are also to be used if the teaching events are closely related to a subject or a learning area of ​​the compulsory area and if the performance can be assessed with the grades “satisfactory” and better. Otherwise the comment “participated” is to be included.


In the main subjects, five are compulsory for grades 5 and 6, and four for grades 7 to 9 Classwork provided per school year. For the subjects German, mathematics and foreign languages, there is a minimum number of class or course work to be completed in the shortened high school education program (G8), and there is also a minimum number in the non-shortened high school education program (G9). In grades 7 to 9, at least two papers have to be completed every six months. A written test of learning can be carried out in the minor subjects for each subject and semester. Learning controls can also be replaced by practical work.

The "Ordinance on structuring the school relationship " can be found in the "School Law" section under "School Organization".