GCSEs and A levels in lesser-taught languages: first teaching 2018

6 September 2016

Pearson is strongly committed to maintaining the availability of a wide range of language GCSEs and A levels. Although some awarding organisations are ceasing to offer those language GCSES and A levels only taken by a limited number of students, we believe these qualifications are an important contribution to fostering diversity and community cohesion.

Find out more about the languages we will be redeveloping for 2018.

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A level qualifications for 2018

We will therefore offer redeveloped Edexcel A level qualifications for first teaching in 2018 and first A level assessment in 2020 in the following subjects:

We will also be developing new Edexcel A level qualifications for the following subjects:

  • Gujarati
  • Portuguese
  • Persian
  • Turkish

The current awarding body for these qualifications, OCR, will cease to offer these A level qualifications from 2018. To find out more about the current qualifications in these A level subjects please visit the OCR website

Our discussions with schools and colleges have indicated that under the new system, in which AS results will no longer count towards final A level grades, take-up of AS level will be very limited. For this reason, we have taken the decision to only offer the full linear A level in the languages being developed for first teaching 2018.

GCSE qualifications for 2018

We will offer redeveloped GCSE qualifications for first teaching in 2018 and first assessment in 2020 in the following subjects:

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Gujarati
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
The current awarding body for these qualifications, OCR, will cease to offer these GCSE qualifications from 2018. To find out more about the current qualifications for these GCSE subjects please visit the OCR website.
Alistair Drewery, Languages subject advisor
Alistair DreweryLanguages
UK: 020 7010 2187
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2187
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