Publication of consultation outcomes for new GCSEs in French, German and Spanish

26 January 2022

On Friday 14 January 2022, both the DfE and Ofqual published the outcomes of their consultations on the new subject content for GCSEs in French, German and Spanish. 

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Please note that there has been a change to the initial proposal for these GCSEs to be introduced for first teaching from September 2023.

It has now been confirmed that first teaching of these GCSEs will be from September 2024.

Therefore, students currently in Year 7 will be the first students to sit these examinations in summer 2026.

The new subject content only impacts on French, German and Spanish GCSEs.

For the full details, please read the consultation responses and outcomes:

DfE subject content review government consultation response

Ofqual assessment of revised qualifications in GCSE MFL decisions

Support and updates

We will continue to support centres through these changes. Please see our Professional Development Academy for teacher network events and further training as it becomes available.

Past training materials can also be found on the relevant subject qualification pages, under 'Course materials' / 'Teaching and learning materials'.

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