GCSE Russian


Russian language is the most widely spoken among Slavic languages. Studying Russian will allow you to learn about the culture and life of the country, to read Russian classics in the original, to develop your ability to communicate with native speakers in both speech and writing.

Course overview

You will study across a variety of contexts relevant to your age and interests; listen to and understand standard speech at near normal speed; develop a greater awareness of the culture of Russian-speaking communities; develop language-learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare for further language study and use in school, higher education or employment.

Unit Guide

You will study the following units for GCSE Russian:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area, holiday, travel
  • School
  • Future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimension.

Assessment

  • Paper 1: Listening and understanding in Russian. Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken Russian by one or more speakers in a range of public and social settings.
  • Paper 2: Speaking in Russian. Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in Russian for different purposes and in different settings.
  • Paper 3: Reading and understanding in Russian. Students are assessed on their understanding of written Russian across a range of different types of texts.
  • Paper 4: Writing in Russian. Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in Russian for different purposes and audiences.

Special Features

You will create telephone conversations, film reviews, diaries, write short stories and fairy-tales, all in Russian. You will learn some Russian poems and songs.

Progression

Opting for GCSE Russian will provide a firm foundation for students to make a smooth transition to A Level.

Exam Board

Edexcel