GCSE/A Level Home Language Accreditation

For the past six years the Home Language Accreditation Project (HoLA) has supported more than 800 young people across Sheffield to gain a GCSE or A Level qualification in their home language.

This work will continue and will be lead by King Edward VII School, Sheffield who will provide access to mock exams and co-ordinate speaking exams.  Students need to contact the Exams Officer at their own institution to be entered for the relevant language exam.  Schools/Colleges then need to contact (see below) Clare Allison who can advise further.

Clare Allison –  Languages Project Manager at King Edward VII School


For information GCSEs are available in the following languages (you will notice that some languages are offered by more than one exam board):

Pearson/Edexcel Exam Board

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Edexcel International Examinations

  • Bangla
  • Hindi
  • Sinhala
  • Swahili
  • Tamil

AQA Exam Board

  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Mandarin only)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

OCR Exam Board

  • Dutch (last examinations summer 2018)
  • Gujurati
  • Persian
  • Turkish