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GCSE Arabic courses for foundation and higher tier.


What is GCSE Arabic?

A GCSE is a General Certificate of Secondary education. It is studied mainly in the U.K. by not only teenagers but also adults. Preceding a GCSE is Key Stage 3 (KS3) it is a more basic study of the Arabic language and is often used by beginners. GCSE Arabic is usually a two-year course, depending on how much Arabic you have studied previously.

Who offers GCSE Arabic?

The main provider of GCSE Arabic in the U.K. is Pearson Edexcel. Pearson also provides an International GCSE (IGCSE) in Arabic, as well as Cambridge. The IGCSE provided by Pearson currently has two papers, reading and writing. Everything is in Arabic, unlike the GCSE which has questions in English.

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What happens once I complete a GCSE Arabic course?

Completion of the course is via an external examination provided by Pearson. There are four papers that test your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Results are in August, the same year as the exam. The course itself is not studied in most U.K. schools unless it is after school or during the run-up to exams. It is usually studied in weekend Madrasahs or tuition centers, Islamic schools, and online via Skype, Zoom, or other platforms.

The course content

Depending on where you study the structure and resources may differ but the themes will be the same.

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local area, holiday, travel
  • School
  • Future aspirations, study and work
  • International and Global dimension

Recommended course books

Please refer to your course provider as there are several texts and resources available. We have used many textbooks for tutoring Arabic, some we use more than others. We would not recommend any one text as everyone has their own preferences but tutors are in a better position to advise you on the right textbooks for your level and ability.

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