These workbooks cover the GCSE syllabus and form a beginner’s course which takes between two and four years to teach. The workbooks come in a multimedia version which can be used by students to link to the accompanying video tutorials; and a pdf version, which can be downloaded, printed and used by students to write in.

Tablet users may have to open the multimedia version of the workbooks using a separate app, such as iBooks etc.

Unit_1  Unit_2  Unit_3   Unit_4

In addition to the workbooks, there are worksheets which can be printed out and assembled back to back to form a laminated writing sheet, which can be used with a non-permanent whiteboard marker to practise the hiragana, katakana or kanji introduced in each unit.

The following guides also provide a useful revision tool and cover the whole syllabus:

GCSE Revision Guide 2009 Syllabus

GCSE Kanji Book 2009 Syllabus

Key Questions and Answers for the GCSE oral exam: Use the sound and written files to practise for your oral exam.

20 thoughts on “GCSE

  1. Hi,
    I am 14 and am wondering the best way to study Japanese. I can write in kana but I would like to learn the language properly. All resource I have found previously are too simple or based on older people. Can you help?

    • Hi Antonia,
      I am not sure where you are living – but the Japan Foundation (in London if you are in the UK) is the first place to start. They can help you with tutors and other materials and information, including online learning resources.
      Good Luck,

    • Hi Antonia,
      Have a look at the resources on the Japan Foundation website in London. This will give you a feel for the many resources which are available to support your Japanese study. I am sure that you will be able to find an appropriate level amongst the material they list. There are great online resources – if you wish to pay for a subscription I would recommend FluentU, which uses authentic videos to teach the language.
      Best wishes

  2. Hello, I am 14 and self teaching Japanese, these workbooks have been EXTREMELY helpful and I don’t know what I would do without them, thank you so so much. However, in the writing exam we have to give extended answers on topics such as the environment and the culture of japan, as well as leisure activities etc. Do you know anywhere where I could read about the specific topics (especially environment) which are needed for the gcse since I do not know where to find this information. If you have made anything based on these topics which would be helpful to me, please let me know!

    • Hi Abi,
      If you cover everything in the workbooks you should be fine for the GCSE. If you want to extend your knowledge of particular subject areas you can find some excellent resources on the Japan Foundation London website.

  3. Thanks so much! I’m 11 and have a Japanese tutor and thinking of taking a Japanese GCSE, all the resources on this site are very helpful and I am looking forward to studying the subject more,
    Thanks and regards

  4. These look perfect for my children who are self studying for the GCSE at home. We’d like a price for you printing it all and send it out to us. Would this be possible?

    • Dear Steven,
      I’m afraid that I’m not able to print the books and send them, but as they are freely downloadable you should be able to find a place where they are able to print the material for you.
      Best wishes

  5. Hello, I am thinking of starting to teach my own children Japanese ( I have been teaching Japanese previously , but not in the UK and mainly adults) What would you recommend as the first starting point for 11 and 13 y olds? My children are homeschooled and I would like to prepare them for GCSE myself
    Thank you
    Lela Pertia

    • Dear Lela,
      The four workbooks in the GCSE section more or less cover the GCSE syllabus, so I would work through them first, then do past papers to make sure you have covered everything.

  6. i’m studying japanese at GCSE level, i was wondering if you had anything specifically on learing kanji. any books you could reccomend?

  7. Hi,

    Thanks for including these study resources. I just wondered if there has been a change in the syllabus now they have introduced 1-9 scoring.

    Many thanks,


  8. Hello, many thanks for everything on here as it has helped very much. I’m now moving on to unit three in my self study and I’m just wondering about the genkouyoushi section at the end of unit two and three. What exactly are they for? I understand it’s for writing practice but are we to write about anything specific?

    Thanks again,

    • Dear Naomi,
      I use the genkouyoushi to ask my students to write small sakubun (essays) on the topics which arise in the workbooks.I am impressed that you are using the books for self-study. I hope they are useful!

  9. I have been using your workbooks and kanji books for years. My students love your books. We are very grateful to you. Some of my students this year created exercises based on your Kanji books and your Grammar book,

    A year 12 made A-level Kanji on Memorise site called Japanese A-level Kanji
    A year 10 made Quizlet kanji section for GCSE the number corresponds with Anne sensei’s GCSE Kanji book search for lottiebutler
    A group of students made a section at the Memorise website for GCSE vocab, search for lstock

    I have not yet managed to proof read all of them so probably you may find some typos but hope they help students of GCSE and A level.

    • Dear Hisaka,
      Thank you so much for sharing this. I am sure everyone will find them useful!

    • They are being upgraded as we speak, and a quick look at the inside cover will tell you which syllabus it is for. I will upload as I finish each revised workbook.

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