Edexcel GCSE Biblical Hebrew (2018)

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE Biblical Hebrew from 2018 (first assessment from 2020) including our specification and sample assessment materials.

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We’ve worked closely with teachers and expert practitioners to offer a unique and interesting course of study which will engage students in the literature and language of Biblical Hebrew.

Our qualification has a straightforward structure, with two elements, assessed through two externally examined papers. Our mark schemes make the requirements clear.

We have designed the GCSE qualification to give students a solid introduction to the study of Biblical Hebrew, which they can pursue in more depth at A level.

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biblical Hebrew specification
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Biblical Hebrew
Specification codes:
UK and international
First teaching:
First assessment:
What's changing

GCSE Languages 2018: What's changing

These changes will apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

  • The new 9-1 grading system will replace A*-G, and there will no longer be any controlled assessment. All papers will be set and marked by the awarding organisation.
  • Papers will be tiered, with 25% assessment weightings per skill (listening, speaking, reading, writing).
  • Compulsory topics will be linked to identity and culture; local, national, international and global areas of interest; and current and future study and employment.
  • Papers will include:
    • short translations from and into the target language
    • some target-language questions in the reading and listening papers
    • authentic stimuli in the reading paper, including literary texts.

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