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Foreign Languages: Assessments

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what criteria are used when assessing whether a foreign language should be approved as a new GCSE subject; (254796)

(2) if he will support the introduction of a foreign language (a) GCSE and (b) A Level qualification in Serbian.

Decisions as to which languages are offered at GCSE or A-level are for awarding bodies to take in the light of demand. The Department is not aware of any plans to introduce a GCSE or A-level qualification in Serbian. Further details on getting qualifications accredited are available from the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator, whose website is