Learn what Edexcel International Advanced Level qualifications are and what you can go on to do once you've achieved them.

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What are International Advanced Levels?

Edexcel International AS and Advanced Level qualifications are Pearson-regulated qualifications designed with the global learner in mind. They were introduced in 2013 as international alternatives to the Ofqual-regulated AS and A levels offered in the UK.

They differ from A levels in that they have a flexible, modular structure, but they maintain the rigorous standards of all Edexcel qualifications. All subjects (except Law) offer January and June examination windows, giving students more options when applying to local and international universities.

Other key features of Edexcel International Advanced Levels:

  • Specifications can be delivered in an international context to fully equip the international learner
  • 100% external assessment with no coursework
  • Provide progression from Level 2 qualifications, including Edexcel GCSE, International GCSE and BTEC Level 2 qualifications
  • Provide progression to universities, further education and employment.

Edexcel International AS and Advanced Level qualifications are not available in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or in British Armed Forces schools overseas.

What subjects are available?

IALs are currently available in 19 popular subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Applied ICT
  • Arabic
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Greek
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish

What are International AS qualifications?

Edexcel International AS (Advanced Subsidiary) qualifications are offered in the same subjects but contain half the content of an Edexcel International Advanced Level. Learners can either study AS as a stand-alone qualification or as a stage towards completing an International Advanced Level, allowing them to study a broader range of subjects before deciding which ones to take forward.

What are International Advanced Levels worth?

According to independent benchmarking by UK NARIC, the UK’s national agency for providing information, advice and expert opinion on qualifications worldwide, Edexcel International Advanced Levels ‘can be considered comparable to the overall GCE A level standard’ offered in the UK. Read the executive summary of UK NARIC’s report.

What can I do once I’ve taken my International Advanced Level?

Edexcel International Advanced Level qualifications are already recognised by many leading universities in the UK and internationally. You can find the growing list of universities accepting these qualifications in the documents on this page.

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What changes are happening to A levels in England?

For more information about the changes to A levels in England and how they relate to our Edexcel International Advanced Level qualifications, read our FAQs or visit our A level pages.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about the differences between A levels and International Advanced Levels in general and for each subject, read the FAQs. 

Next steps

To see what subjects we offer, visit the Edexcel International Advanced Level homepage

Interested in delivering Edexcel International Advanced Levels? Let us know here

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