Why study languages at GCSE?

Did you know, learning a language helps your memory, creativity, listening skills and self confidence?

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By taking a language at GCSE you’ll have amazing skills and a valuable talent that’s applicable to almost everything you do - so, it's quite a handy subject really. A language GCSE builds on what you’ve already learnt in years 7, 8 and 9 and you probably know more than you think. Language classes are still fun and interactive and you cover things at a slightly quicker pace, but this is good as you'll easily notice the improvements that you make in your foreign language. Plus by taking a language GCSE you don’t just learn the language, you get to find out about other people, countries and cultures so it really is an interesting and varied subject.

Here are our top 10 reasons why languages are great:

  1. English is not enough! Not everyone speaks or wants to speak English.
  2. A language will always be useful, no matter what you do.
  3. In class, you get to study a wide range of topics all about different people and cultures, not just how to speak.
  4. You can read books, watch films and listen to songs in their native language - and understand them too!
  5. Languages mean business - being able to speak a language will make you really stand out.
  6. They’re good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity, improves your memory and you'll be at less risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
  7. It’s really impressive to be able to speak a foreign language. It's a real achievement that your friends will envy and employers will love!
  8. You can understand and talk to lots more people when you go abroad.
  9. Using a language at work could raise your salary from 8-20%.
  10. Learning languages really improves your communication skills.

Alternative qualifications

For information on alternative qualifications visit CILT's website.