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

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

A two year course taught in three lessons per week across Year 10 and Year 11. Students learn to listen to French speakers, read authentic French texts, speak in French in various scenarios and write in French about the following topics:

  • Identity and Culture: family and relationships, daily life, cultural life
  • Local area, holiday and travel: holidays, travel and tourist transactions, town, region and country
  • School: What school is like, school activities
  • Future aspirations, study and work: Using languages beyond the classroom, ambitions, work
  • International and global dimension: Bringing the world together, environmental issues


All by exam at the end of Year 11:

  • 25% Listening
  • 25% Reading
  • 25% Speaking*
  • 25% Writing

*Your speaking exam will be conducted by your class teacher in Year 11

Key Skills

You will develop the following skills:

• Communication
• Problem solving
• Respect and understanding of other cultures
• Resilience
• Independence

Where can it take me?

Almost every job could use a language to communicate with others in French companies in France and other French speaking parts of the world; Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa. As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic country. Many companies which are household names are French such as Renault, L’Oréal, Total, AXA Peugeot and Air France. Speaking French can open many doors in other sectors such as drama, music, art, cuisine, science and sport.

Further information

Please contact: Ms D Allen, Faculty Director of MFL

Useful Website

Key Stage 4 French Curriculum Plan


GCSE French - Subject Course Overview