How to get good GCSE results in languages

If you have chosen to take a GCSE in languages then congratulations to you for taking the first step towards education and career prospects that opens doors to many countries, interesting fields and some of the best organisations in the world.

Achieving good GCSE results takes hard work, commitment and revision planning but having support could be the difference between a good grade and an exceptional one.

Core components of GCSE languages 2017

The four assessments in languages are based on themes such as identity, culture, areas of global interest and study and employment.

Each component equates to 25% of the final mark.

1. Listening

Students are tested on their understanding and asked to respond to spoken language.

2. Speaking

Students are required to demonstrate effective communication in speech in a variety of situations.

3. Reading

Students are assessed on their understanding and responses to written language.

4. Writing

To demonstrate effective writing skills for a variety of scenarios.


We recommend devising a Revision Plan

Create revision timetable

Creating a revision timetable gives you structure to your revision sessions, instills motivation and commitment so the right amount of revision gets done each week.

The timetable can be revised, it is not set in stone, so review the timetable often to see if you are allowing adequate amounts of time per subject.

Using memory aids

Who doesn’t love a good Mind Map? Mind Maps are great for jotting down ideas but also help us memorise information a lot easier, so if you are struggling with retaining information draw a Mind Map.

Variety keeps us inspired

Revision can be boring and if we don’t take adequate breaks we can ‘switch off’ our minds so nothing goes in.

Make good use of lots of different resources such as videos, audio, buddy up sessions. Find revision techniques that suit you.

Practice past papers

Going over past papers is a good way of identifying any potential weaknesses then adjusting your study plans to accommodate extra work on those areas.


Speaking practice and overall GCSE revision support

Languages is one GCSE subject that requires practice. Writing over and over again words, phrases and reading lots of text etc.

However, speaking languages needs to be heard and spoken with others. Accent offer students the opportunity to practice spoken languages, giving guidance and coaching students on their accents, pronunciations and building their confidence.

We run GCSE language support classes that cater to the individual needs of the students.

Our expert Teachers have knowledge and understanding of how the core components are assessed and can help students reach their full potential or grades they require for further education.

If you would like to discuss this service or any other language service then call us on 01481 714909 or email us on


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