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Learning at West Coventry Academy



Key Stage 3 Curriculum


Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: Edexcel

Is Japanese for you?

Do you want to stand out from the crowd?

There is a huge language skills shortage in the UK!

Explore Japanese music, film, culture and traditions!

Get creative in expressing your own ideas!

Study Japanese and become a better

  • team-player
  • problem-solver
  • communicator
  • independent worker

What Will You Do?

The five themes you will be studying are:

  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local area, holiday, travel
  3. School
  4. Future aspirations, study and work
  5. International and global dimension

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Assessment Details:

GCSE Japanese has a Foundation Tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9).

Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.

Paper 1: Listening
Final Exam (25%)
Either Foundation (35 mins)
OR Higher (45 mins)

Paper 2: Speaking
Final Exam (25%)
Either Foundation (7-9 mins)
OR Higher (10-12 mins)

Paper 3: Reading
Final Exam (25%)
Either Foundation (50 mins)
OR Higher (1 hour 5 mins)

Paper 4: Writing
Final Exam (25%)
Either Foundation (1 hour 15 mins)
OR Higher (1 hour 25 mins)

Possible Career Options:

Language skills allow you to do an amazing variety of interesting jobs, not only in the UK but around the world!

Careers in Fashion, Leisure, Hospitality, Government, Finance, Law, Business, Manufacturing, Public services, Music industry and multinational organisations such as SONY, Honda, Superdry and Nintendo.

Further Education:


A-levels / College