October 2023 Languages Update | Pearson qualifications

October 2023 Languages Update

Thu Oct 05 14:18:00 UTC 2023

Dear colleagues,

I hope your academic year has got off to a good start.

I have a few updates to share with you this month and some reminders that you may find useful.

As usual, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me should you have any questions or need any support with our qualifications. My contact details are at the bottom of this page.

Best wishes,
Rebecca Waker
Subject Advisor for Languages

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Outcomes of the consultation on A Level Chinese and Japanese

In a previous update I let you know that the Department for Education and Ofqual were running a consultation on the subject content for A Level Chinese and Japanese. This consultation is now over and we have published an update on the outcomes.

Read the update


Biblical Hebrew set texts

We have recently published an update to our Biblical Hebrew
set texts to include the texts for examinations in 2026-2028.

These can be found on page 10 of the specification.

View the specification




New Support Resources

I’m pleased to be able to share with you some brand new support resources.

French Vocabulary and Grammar Guide (Spanish and German to follow after accreditation)

Paper guides
Paper 2
Paper 3
Paper 4

We hope these resources give you even more in-depth details about our new GCSE qualifications.


Launch events and videos

We have just come to the end of our series of launch events. If you missed these there are a couple of things you can do:

If you’d like to be contacted by a member of our team you can register your interested in our qualifications:

Register your interest

Alternatively, we have a range of videos on different elements of the specification which cover the same content as our launch events.

View on YouTube


Getting Ready to Teach

Our Getting Ready to Teach events are now underway. We are touring the country so it is very likely that there is an event near you. We are also offering the same content broken down into three online sessions.

Register to attend


Frequently Asked Questions

We have complied a playlist of FAQs about our new GCSE.

View the FAQs



We are developing new resources for these new GCSEs for first teaching in 2024. Available now are draft schemes of work for modules 1-4 and overview grids for modules 1-3.

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Register your interest in our resources


Facebook support group

Our support and networking group on Facebook is growing day by day. Join the group to ask questions, read the latest updates and connect with other teachers.

Join the group


TeachMeet MFL Icons

We sponsored this Free CPD event for MFL teachers this weekend. View the recording to hear a whole range of talks from a variety of teachers. You’ll also get to hear from me about our new GCSE and other resources we have available.

View the recording


International GCSE English as a Second Language

Our new International GCSE ESL qualification has now been launched, for fist assessment in 2025. This will replace the current International GCSE ESL which will be assessed for the final time in June 2025, meaning there will be one overlap series with both specifications available. 

Read more about the new qualification

For training on this new qualification you can visit our development academy.

Sign up for training

View our published resources



We are currently advertising some vacancies in our International Assessment team. Please see the links below.



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