April 2024 Languages Update | Pearson qualifications

April 2024 Languages Update

Mon Apr 15 12:22:00 UTC 2024

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you have had a restful break and are ready for the summer term. As languages teachers you will likely be conducting speaking exams early on this term so I have made sure to include all the speaking exam support you may need at the very start of this update.

Please remember you can get in contact with all of your questions about Pearson Edexcel Languages qualifications. My contact details are at the bottom of this page.

Best wishes,

Rebecca Waker
Subject Advisor for Languages

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Speaking Exam Support

There are no materials sent to the centre for the International GCSE Languages exams. All that is required is the randomisation grid which can be downloaded by exams officers only from the June 2024 section of the Exam Materials page for each qualification.

Speaking exam conduct and admin support videos

Earlier in the year I shared these support videos made for GCSE and GCE A Level speaking assessments. If you are preparing to conduct these exams, now would be a good time to watch them as a refresher.

GCSE playlist

A Level playlist

GCSE French, German & Spanish 2024

We are pleased to share with you our specimen assessment materials for GCSE French (2024). These provide a second set of sample papers for you to familiarise yourself with the new specification and can be used with students. Spanish and German will follow.

French Specimen Assessment Materials

We have also recently released vocabulary mapping from the current AQA specification to the new Pearson Edexcel specification. This is available for all three languages.




For those of you who haven’t yet been able to attend a GRTT event (either face to face or our 3 online modules) we have created this playlist on YouTube. You may also find this helpful for a recap or sharing with colleagues.


When more GRTT dates are added you will be able to sign up for them for free.

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In addition to any training mentioned above related to speaking and the 2024 GCSE we have the following training on offer:

I am also providing some sessions focused on the Paper 3 Independent Research Project for A Level (French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian and Russian). These are informal sessions where I will go over the requirements of this part of the exam and take your questions. Please join me if you're new to this exam, have questions you'd like answered or just want a refresher.

Thursday 23rd May

Wednesday 5th June

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As we make the final preparations for the summer series, we have a few questions for you. Please take one minute to answer this short form.

Thank you.

GCSE Spanish and French Tutoring


GCSE Spanish and French tutoring

Summer 2024 support for students

Help your students feel as prepared as possible for the upcoming exam season.
In addition to all the support you provide, both Ofqual, JCQ and Pearson have a range of information to help inform and guide your students during this busy time. Please take a look at the information we’ve summarised below and pass it on to your students.

The Ofqual Student Guide 2024 provides students with information about this year’s arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications, and explains what support is in place when taking exams and assessments.

Read the Ofqual Student Guide 2024

The JCQ has a range of information and support for students – from coursework and onscreen exams to written exams, along with a checklist for exam day. 

Take a look at all the support JCQ have to offer for students

As the revision season is now fully under way and students begin to turn their focus towards the summer exam series, we’d like to share our Getting ready for exams guide that includes some top tips and advice including:

- preparing for exams
- what happens on exam day
- where to find further support
- what happens once exams are over.

Take a look at the guide and please pass it on to your students.

You can stay up to date with all our support for 2024 on our Qualifications assessment support page.


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