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. 

EMTAS can support the following Heritage Language GCSEs:


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 GCSE Agreement forms and return them both to Rekha Gupta using the address details provided on the GCSE Support Request form by 1 March 2020.

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          
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 2 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

EMTAS Bilingual Assistants also supported one A level student with their A Level Arabic this year.  This student achieved a 5.


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

For other information, contact Rekha Gupta
Email: rekha.gupta@hants.gov.uk