Excellence through Endeavour


  • Head of subject: Mr E. Nsengiyumva
  • Years taught: 9 to 11

Key stage 4

  • Qualifications: GCSE Urdu
  • QAN Code: 500/4493/X
  • Examining body: AQA

What you will study

You will study a large range of topics including family and relationships, the environment, home and local area, holidays and travel, the media, new technology, education and future plans.  You will be assessed in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The skills and qualities you need to succeed in this course are

You must be committed to learning a language and be prepared to learn new words and phrases.  You must be prepared to learn the pieces of controlled assessment for writing and speaking very thoroughly as they form a large part of the final GCSE grade.  You will have to master the Urdu script and be able to use and understand it for the written and reading exam.

How the course is assessed

The final grade is made up of writing (30%), speaking (30%), listening (20%) and reading (20%).  The writing is prepared in class during Years 10 and 11 and you will have to produce TWO pieces of written work between 80 and 200 words in length for each piece.  There is no further written exam.  The speaking is also prepared in class and you will do two tasks which last between 4 and 6 minutes.  There is no further speaking exam.  The reading and listening exams are done at the end of Year 11 in the exam hall.

What you might study after this

You can progress to Advanced Level Urdu if you gain a grade B or higher at GCSE.

Possible Careers from this subject

A language qualification opens doors which no other qualification does. It is the most desired qualification in the business world because you have a skill which is essential to companies wishing to operate globally.  People with a language qualification earn more than those who do not.  The list of jobs which can involve languages is vast but includes:  teaching (primary and secondary), travel, international property, international law, banking, fashion, car industry, high tech industry, music, international business.  Urdu is a commonly used Asian language which is also widely used in the community locally so jobs are available for translators and interpreters.

For more information contact

Mr E. Nsengiyumva