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. 

Support available for the summer 2022 GCSE exam series

For the summer 2022 GCSE series, we are offering bespoke packages of support for the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

Details of our packages of support

To request support from EMTAS for Heritage Language GCSE exams, please complete the GCSE Support request form and return it to EMTAS@hants.gov.uk

Jamie Earnshaw
Email: jamie.earnshaw@hants.gov.uk

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

Heritage Language GCSE Results 2021

In summer 2021, EMTAS Bilingual Assistants supported 23 students in schools across the county to prepare them for Heritage Language GCSEs. Students completed GCSEs in 7 different languages and their results were as follows:

Language 9 8 7 6 5 4
Arabic 2 1        
Greek 2          
Mandarin 3          
Polish 4 1        
Portuguese 2 3       1
Russian 2          
Turkish   2        
Totals 15 7 0 0 0 1

For the first time, students also completed the new Speaking Endorsement. Here are the outcomes achieved by the students supported by EMTAS:

Result Number of students
Distinction 19
Merit 3
Pass 1

Congratulations from all at EMTAS on such fantastic GCSE results.