Heritage Language GCSEs

Support available

Where a student has well-developed skills in their first language and where there is a GCSE available in that language, EMTAS recommends the student is entered for the GCSE. Often, students 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 student 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 students (Year 9 onwards).

The EMTAS GCSE Heritage Language Support leaflet gives an overview of the support available from EMTAS for Heritage Language GCSEs together with answers to some frequently asked questions.

Details of the packages available

To request support, read the support agreement between EMTAS and schools, and then complete the GCSE Support Request Form.

Support available for the summer 2024 GCSE exam series

For the summer 2024 GCSE series, we are offering bespoke packages of support for the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish 

For further information, please contact [email protected].

EMTAS can only deal with requests for support with Heritage Language GCSEs from schools.

Heritage Language GCSE Results 2023

In summer 2023, 143 students achieved Heritage Language GCSEs. Supported by EMTAS, students completed GCSEs in 11 different languages and their results were as follows:

Language 9 8 7 6 5 4
Arabic (10) 7 1 1    1  
Cantonese (26) 20 4 1 1    
German (2)     1 1    
Greek (1) 1          
Italian (7) 4 3        
Mandarin (4) 4          
Persian (1)          
Polish (57) 26 19 9   2 1
Portuguese (8) 2 3 2   1  
Russian (25) 23 1 1      
Turkish (2) 1   1      
Totals (143) 89 31 16 2 4 1

Congratulations from all at EMTAS on such fantastic GCSE results.