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. For more information about EMTAS-supported Heritage Language GCSEs, view this short film.

EMTAS can support the following Heritage Language GCSEs:


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

EMTAS offers a range of packages to help prepare students for Heritage Language GCSEs. When you have decided which package you want, ask your Exams Officer to complete the GCSE Support Request and return it to EMTAS@hants.gov.uk or send to the EMTAS office, Dame Mary Fagan House, Lutyens Close, Chineham, Basingstoke RG24 8AG.

Heritage Language GCSE results 2019

In 2019 EMTAS Bilingual Assistants supported 48 students in schools across the county to prepare them for Heritage Language GCSEs. Students took GCSEs in 9 different languages and their results were as follows:

Language 9 8 7 6 5 4
Arabic 2       1  
German   1        
Greek       1  
Italian 4 3        
Mandarin 3        
Polish 7 3 2 1 1 1
Russian 2 1 2    
Totals 18 9 4 2 3 1

Grades achieved by students for Heritage Language GCSEs graded A* to E

Language A* A  B  C
Portuguese 2 4 2 1
Turkish 1 1   1
Totals 3 5 2 2


Any queries about Heritage Language GCSEs can be addressed to Jamie Earnshaw
Email: jamie.earnshaw@hants.gov.uk

For other information, contact EMTAS@hants.gov.uk