German or Latin?Watch
As you said, the fact nobody speaks Latin makes it easier as there's no speaking or listening - they're all dead
For Eduqas you also only need to learn 400 words - versus the 2000+ on the spec for a modern language - so if you learn a single word a day you can answer the entire language exam as if it was English.
Do whichever you'd prefer, although MFL GCSE's are useful for many jobs, Latin's not useless since it has applications in science and law today, and is the root of many words in the Romantic Languages (English, French, Spanish etc.). Bear in mind though you'll be studying the course for 2 years so have plenty of time to improve at Speaking/Listening if you think you'd enjoy German more. Both options are good choices and have their merits, so go with your preference
2) Latin is useful for learning the roots of language and helped me with my Spanish gcse (I took Latin, German and spanish for gcse and now do spanish a level) BUT you need to be dedicated to the literature side
3) Along the line, if you do a language for A Level, it's far more useful ro have German as a facilitating subject and one that boosts your employability too. Unis would generally prefer it too - look at their list of facilitating subjects. However if you enjoy Latin and succeed in it, defo take it further!
4) For Latin I got two separate gcses, one in language and one in literature, whereas German I got one. This might influence you ro take Latin ro get two gcses maybe? Idk!
5) not gonna lie, Latin could get very tedious and I got and a* in language but scraped a low B in literature because I hated the poets lol
6) German you have to do listening and speaking whereas Latin exams are all passive - just translating and comprehension. What suits you best?
8) whatever you choose, be aware if you want to do the other one for a level you most likely can't (ie you can't do Latin gcse and then German a level as you don't have the grounding)
7) finally at the end of the day choose what you feel you'll do best at xx
Although Latin is a dead language I found it the most relatable of the two over German as the most words in Latin are the same as in English. I found the course to be more organised and a lot easier to learn than German but that’s my personal opion. Having not to do a speaking exam was a great bonus, my accents are dreadful!
That said choose the one you feel most comfortable with, just because latins a dead language doesn’t mean German will be more useful in later life. Consider which subjects you’ll be taking the language alongside and how that’ll balance out. Good luck 😉