Last reviewed 4 April 2022

Ofqual has launched a consultation in England with regard to the proposed regulatory requirements for new French, German and Spanish qualifications.

With full details available here, the deadline for submitting responses is 13 April 2022.

In November 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) announced that it would be convening an independent expert panel to develop potential changes to the subject content for GCSE French, German and Spanish. The proposed subject content was subject to a 10-week public consultation between March and May 2021.

In January 2022, following review of the consultation responses and wider stakeholder feedback, DfE published guidance on the new GCSE French, German and Spanish subject content which can be found here.

It also confirmed that the new qualifications will be available for first teaching from September 2024, with first assessments in summer 2026.

Ofqual points out that arrangements for assessing the revised GCSEs in French, German and Spanish will be based on:

  • revised assessment objectives (AOs), which set out the percentage of qualification marks that must be awarded for each aspect of assessment

  • continued use of tiered assessments, requiring students to be entered to a single tier across all assessments

  • continued use of non-exam assessment (NEA) to focus on the assessment of speaking skills, which make up 25% of the total marks for the qualification.

This consultation covers the regulatory requirements that must be followed in all new GCSE qualifications in French, German and Spanish.