Heritage Language GCSEs

Support available

Where a pupil has well-developed skills in their first language and where there is a GCSE available in that language, EMTAS recommends the pupil is entered for the GCSE. Often, pupils achieve very good grades in their Heritage Language GCSEs and this can be a bonus when they are applying for college places. It is not necessary to wait until the pupil is in Year 11 to enter them for a Heritage Language GCSE but bear in mind that sometimes the themes of the exams are better-suited to older pupils (Year 9 onwards).

EMTAS offers a range of packages  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 166kB to help prepare pupils for Heritage Language GCSEs. When you have decided which package you want, ask your Exams Officer to complete the GCSE Support Request  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 201kB and GCSE Agreement  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 116kB forms and return them both to Rekha Gupta using the address details provided on the GCSE Support Request form.

For more information about the support packages available through EMTAS, schools are invited to attend a free event on either 28 November or 30 November  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 98kB.

Heritage Language GCSE results 2017

In 2017 EMTAS Bilingual Assistants supported 48 pupils in schools across the county to prepare them for heritage language GCSEs. Students took GCSEs in 9 different languages and 97.9% achieved A* to C Grades passes with 83.33% achieving A*/A. Congratulations to all these students!

Language

Grades
A*

A

B

C

D

Arabic

4

1

1

Chinese

1

Greek

1

Italian

4

1

Polish

9

8

1

Portuguese

2

3

2

1

Russian

1

1

Spanish

1

1

Turkish

1

2

2

Totals

23

17

5

2

1

Schools should note that Heritage Language GCSEs count towards the EBacc – another good reason to enter your bilingual pupils for GCSEs in their heritage languages.

Further information

Please contact rekha.gupta@hants.gov.uk