Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
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GCSE French, German and Spanish

Curriculum Intent

At Windsor High School and Sixth Form we are committed to fostering the highest expectations in languages and aim for all our learners to develop appropriate, high levels of linguistic ability, a set of transferable skills and an international growth mindset; deep, intercultural understanding.

Course description

Exam Board: Edexcel

The course is broken down into four units which cover the key language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will develop and polish these skills and language you have been learning since Year 7, as well as deepen your knowledge of the countries where the language of your choice is spoken.

You will cover topics such as: identity, school, future plans and aspirations, travel and tourism, global and international issues, culture and celebrations.


Unit 1: Listening (25% of GCSE)
Unit 2 Speaking (25% of GCSE)
Unit 3 Reading (25% of GCSE)
Unit 4 Writing (25% of GCSE)

Key Skills

You will develop the following key skills:

  • Communication and self confidence
  • Reading and listening
  • Sharing information and discussion
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving

Where can it take me?

Languages lend themselves well to many sectors such as IT, engineering, law, pharmaceutical industry, journalism, customer relations, travel and tourism, hospitality, sales and the car industry.

In an increasing competitive job market, it is clear that foreign language proficiency adds significant value to a candidate’s portfolio of skills, and can give them the real competitive edge when applying for jobs.

Further information

Please contact: Mrs T Payton (Faculty Director), Miss A Sidiropoulou (Curriculum Leader of French) or Mrs E Newton (Curriculum Leader of Spanish)

Useful Website

Key Stage 4 French Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4 German Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4 Spanish Curriculum Plan

GCSE French - Subject Course Overview

GCSE German - Subject Course Overview

GCSE Spanish - Subject Course Overview