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

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 German speakers, read authentic German texts, speak in German in various scenarios and write in German 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?

In Europe, the first language of business is German, think Siemens, BMW, PUMA, Mercedes-Benz, Adidas, Volkswagen, Hugo Boss and Audi. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. It is the world’s leading exporter and importer. Knowledge of German improves your chances of employment. German companies abroad and foreign companies in Germany seek experts with a knowledge of German. Staff in international companies also enjoy an advantage if they know German. Knowing a language 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 or Miss L Adderley, Curriculum Leader of German

Useful Website

Key Stage 4 German Curriculum Plan

GCSE German - Subject Course Overview