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Arabic GCSE 9-1 Foundation, and Higher Tier Courses.

GCSE Arabic Course


Learn Arabic with the Pearson-Edexcel method.

This is a brief outline of the GCSE Arabic online course including some resources. This course is offered with or without the Pearson-Edexcel exam. Sign-up for GCSE lessons, or start with an assessment.

Script Marking 

If you have a GCSE Arabic past paper that you wish to complete but you do not have anyone to mark it do let us know so we can have an examiner mark your script/s. We offer this service all year round. 

GCSE Arabic based courses offered:

Pre-GCSE: Arabic: 1-2 year/s depending on speed and ability to comprehend tasks, and lessons.

Foundation Tier: GCSE Arabic 1 year, depending on amount of previous Arabic knowledge.

Higher Tier: GCSE Arabic 1 Year, depending on amount of previous Arabic knowledge.

Short intensive courses available also. Looking for GCSE Arabic past papers? See below.

Arabic GCSE Arabic Past Papers

GCSE Course Details

What does the GCSE Arabic structure look like?

KEY STAGE 4: GCSE Arabic 2017 specification 9-1.

Course Code: 1AA0.

Exam BoardPearson-Edexcel.

Arabic Type: Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).

Level 1 & 2: Foundation tier & Higher tier.

Main Course Themes

  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local area, holiday, travel
  3. School
  4. Future aspirations, study and work
  5. International and global dimension
Subtopics, Skill Tips, and Strategies: Explained by the tutor.

Availability: Online in the U.K. As well as in Qatar, Dubai/United Emirates, Egypt, Morocco etc.

Skills Tested/Papers: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and Grammar.  

Course Duration: 1-2 Years (Depend on previous Arabic ability, and which level you start).

Previous Arabic Knowledge Assumed: No. You can start with one of our basic Arabic courses. 

Recommended Preparation Course: Pre-GCSE, or another basic Arabic course. 

GCSE Textbooks, and PDFs: Various, depending on level. 

Resources: Various materials, past papers, books, tutor/examiner knowledge, and experience.

Course Teachers: Arabic, and English speaking GCSE Arabic examiner, and teachers, with several Arabic qualifications, including GCSE Arabic, A level, and Middle Eastern Arabic Studies. 

Get the Brief Guide to GCSE Arabic eBook.

GCSE Content

What will you study?

The content of the GCSE Arabic covers:

  • Texts for reading comprehension.
  • Audios for listening comprehension.
  • Writing development.
  • Speaking ability.
  • Grammar.
  • Core vocabulary.
  • Culture.
  • Exam preparation tips and strategies. 
  • Sub topic coverage.

Note: It is not enough to use only past papers to prepare for the GCSE exam. Not every Arabic tutor will have the experience to teach this subject. Our GCSE tutors are also Arabic examiners, who have attended, and taught in several schools in England, U.K. to prepare students for this exam.


Need an assessment?

An assessment may be needed to start a foundation, or higher tier course. Assessments are of three main steps:

  • No assessment needed for Pre-GCSE Arabic. You can start with a free trial.
  • A one-to-one general Arabic assessment with the tutor. Price starts from £15.50/45 minutes, and £17.50/60 minutes. Or a one-to-one assessment with the tutor focused on a particular skill such as writing, reading, speaking, listening or grammar. 
  • A self assessment where you access an assessment in your own time, for 24 hours access, and pay less. This will mainly test reading, general knowledge, and listening skills. See more details on self assessments.


Want to know more?

Can I complete the GCSE Arabic course in 1 year or less?

  • Yes, if you have a good background in Arabic, and can handle the exercises during lessons.

How many lessons should I take each week?

  • The recomended amount of lessons per week is two. If you are taking one lesson per week the course may take longer, unless you have the ability to comprehend Arabic concepts and tasks quickly and past internal tests.

Is being able to read the Quran good preparation for the foundation or higher tier exam?

  • If you have studied Quranic Arabic beyond recitation and Tajweed, such as reading comprehension, and grammar, then yes, otherwise you will need to start with Pre-GCSE Arabic.

Is the foundation tier easier than the higher Arabic exam?

  • When compared to the foundation tier the higher tier Arabic exam has 1) A slightly longer exam time. 2)  Has more vocabulary 3) Has more grammar concepts. How easy the papers/exams are will depend on how well prepared you are, and the amount of quality lessons taken.

Will I get homework?

  • Yes. Homework is due the day before your next lesson. Tutors shall specify deadlines and any other notes.

Is it open to adults, and home schoolers?

  • Yes. Adults are able to take the GCSE course, as well as the exam. This course is suitable for home schoolers as well as those who already study Arabic elsewhere. 

Can I get a free trial?

  • Yes, free trials are available. See the free trial lesson page.
Do you have other questions?
  • See the FAQs page, or get in touch using the contact form.


Qualification entry date.

The qualification entry date deadline is usually 21st February each year. If you are entering after this date you may be charged a late entry fee. 

  • Tutors may specify other deadlines within courses.
  • Internal homework deadlines are fixed.


Pearson Exam Dates

1. Speaking paper window: Mid April to mid May.

2. Listening and Reading: Usually the second week in May.

3. Writing: End of May to first week in June.

*Dates are subject to change and should be confirmed each year with your tutor, school or centre.

Arabic GCSE Pearson Edexcel

GCSE Arabic Papers

Pearson Sample Papers

More GCSE Arabic past papers are available to internal students of our courses. Our past paper bank dates from the 2009 GCSE Arabic.

GCSE Arabic Past Papers Pearson


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2010 Old Specification – Reading and listening – Non tiered


2017 – 9-1 New Specification – Foundation


2017 – 9-1 New Specification – Foundation


2017 – 9-1 New Specification – Higher


2017 – 9-1 New Specification – Higher