International Advanced Level Arabic (2016)

Supporting success in Arabic

Our Edexcel International Advanced Level in Arabic specification and support materials have been developed with the help of teachers, universities and subject expert groups.

It is designed for students who are studying Arabic in order to enhance their future educational or employment prospects. Students will be tested on their Arabic Language competence through realistic and contextualised tasks based on authentic texts. 

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International Advanced Level Arabic specification
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Qualification type:
International Advanced Level
Level 3
Specification codes:
International only
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Why choose this specification?

Designed for the global learner, this qualification includes specific international content, making it highly relevant to students across the world.

Created in consultation with world-leading Higher Education Institutions, this new qualification provides students with access to local and international universities. 

Achievement in this qualification is also benchmarked against the advanced level General Certificate of Education (GCE) and the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at level B2.

This qualification is 100% externally assessed and has a modular structure, with exams in January and June. 

Resources and training programmes will be available to support you to deliver this new qualification with confidence from September 2016 onwards.

This qualification is modular and comprises of two units; Unit 1 (IAS) (may be awarded as a discrete qualification or contribute up to 50 per cent of the total International Advanced Level Arabic marks) and Unit 2 (IA2). Examination is 100% external. Reading and writing skills are tested through two examination papers.

Unit overview

External assessment January/June


Unit 1: Understanding and Written Response

Reading, Grammar, Essay
General topic areas:

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle, health and fitness
  • Environment and travel
  • Education and employment.

100% of IAS; 80 marks; 2h 30m

  • First assessment June 2017
  • First AS award June 2017

Unit 2: Writing and Research

Translation, Creative/Discursive essay, Research-based essay

General topic areas:

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle, health and fitness
  • Environment and travel
  • Education and employment
  • Technology in the Arabic-speaking world
  • Society in the Arabic-speaking world
  • Ethics in the Arabic-speaking world.

100% of IA2; 80 marks; 3h

  • First assessment June 2018
  • First IAL award June 2018

This specification is available for teaching in international centres only, and is assessed through a written exam instead of coursework.

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