Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:47

Edexcel International Advanced Levels

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1.  What are Edexcel International Advanced Levels? 

Edexcel International Advanced Levels is a new suite of A level qualifications developed for  international centres.  With a modular structure, our new suite of International Advanced Levels have examination windows in January and June of each year, allowing students to finish their course in January if they need to, for entry to local and international universities.  Please note Law will continue to be examined in June of each year only.

2.  What are the differences between GCE A levels and International Advanced Levels?


Edexcel GCE A levels

International Advanced Levels


Modular structure until 2015
(moving to a linear structure in 2015. All exams will be taken at the end of the two-year A level course).

Advanced Subsidiary will become a standalone qualification from 2015.

Modular structure

AS can be used as a stage on the way to completing an Advanced Level.



  • Mix of coursework and examinations.
  • June examinations only.
  • No coursework (100% examination).
  • January and June examinations.

Recognised by universities


(See question 13)


Regulated by Ofqual.

Regulated by Pearson.

3.  Which subjects will have an International Advanced Level qualification available?

Mathematics, Economics, Business Studies, Accounting, Law, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

4.  Will there be new specifications for each of these subjects?

Business Studies, Mathematics and Economics

New International AS/Advanced Level specifications will be available for Mathematics, Economics and Business Studies.  Final specifications will be available to download from the IAL Home Page in August, ahead of first teaching in September 2013.

We have produced mapping documents for Business Studies, Economics and Mathematics to outline where the changes in content occur between the Edexcel GCE specification and the IAL specification.  Mapping Guides can be found on each of the IAL subject pages from the IAL Home Page under Teacher Support Materials.

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Law and Accounting

The existing Edexcel GCE Science specifications (with 100% written examination instead of coursework), Law and Accounting are being moved into our new suite of Edexcel International Advanced Levels. There is no change to the content or assessment of these specifications, only the name of the qualification will change. The specifications are exactly the same. We will be updating the covers of the specifications to reflect the change of qualification title after summer 2013. They will now be called Edexcel International AS/Advanced Level in Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Law/Accounting.

5.  Are the International Advanced Level Qualifications recognised by universities?

The qualifications have been written to the same rigorous standard as all Edexcel qualifications and Edexcel International Advanced level qualifications are already recognised by many leading universities in the UK and internationally. 

Keep track of the latest universities accepting IALs by clicking on the advert ‘International Advanced Levels:  Find out where they can take you!’ which can be found on the Degree Course Finder website.

6.  Will my centre/students be disadvantaged in any way by taking Edexcel International Advanced Level qualifications if they are not regulated by Ofqual?

As mentioned in question 13, Edexcel International Advanced Level qualifications have been written to the same high standards as our Edexcel GCEs and are being recognised as providing progression to higher education by universities around the world.

7.  How many re-sit opportunities will my students have with the International Advanced Level qualifications?

Students can re-sit each unit once before certification. 
Please note, from September 2015 Edexcel GCE A levels will also only have one opportunity for a re-sit and the examinations will only be available in June.

8.  Will AS be available for International Advanced Level and will it count towards an Advanced Level?

Yes.  The new International Advanced Level will have an AS/A2 split, therefore AS can either be taken as a stand alone qualification or used as a stage on the way to completing an Advanced Level.

9.  Can students in the UK take International Advanced level qualifications?

No.  IAL qualifications are only available to students and centres outside the UK.

10.  What textbooks should I use for International Advanced Levels?

Textbooks used for the current Edexcel GCE A levels can be used for International Advanced Levels.  There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.

Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:32

Cambridge A-Levels

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Fact Details
Duration and Intakes 1.5 years of 3 semesters:
Entry Requirements SPM, O Levels or equivalent 5 credits including English and Mathematics/Science Subject pre-requisites apply
No. of Subjects A minimum of 3 or a maximum of 4 A Level subjects
Subjects Offered Mathematics
Further Mathematics
English Literature
Examination Sessions May / June
October / November
Assessment Style 100% external examinations in 2 phases: Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and A2 Level
Awarding Body University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)


Friday, 21 September 2012 21:27

BSc Accounting & Finance (Hons)

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  • The degree provides students with a comprehensive grounding in accounting and fi nance within a solid framework of social science.
  • The programme conveys an international perspective and refl ects the efforts and contributions from academics and professionals in the UK and Asia-Pacific.
  • The subject guides provided for students are compiled by academics and researchers who are reputable and globally known in the fi eld of professional accountancy and fi nancial markets.
  • The degree allows students exemption of up to two full units including Principles of Accounting and one non-specified unit if they are qualified in accountancy.
  • Students graduating from 2008 onwards and who have passed the Foundation and Further units required by this degree or the BSc Banking & Finance are allowed by the Association of Chartered Certifi ed Accountants (ACCA) to claim exemption from certain ACCA modules.
  • The degree qualifies students to sit for the prestigious ICPAS Professional Examination organized by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS).
Friday, 21 September 2012 21:54

BSc Business (Hons)

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  • The programme combines core social science paradigms with technical skills such as data analysis in order to prepare students for the demanding world of business.
  • A social science emphasis allows students to develop a thorough appreciation of business and management within a wider environment.
  • The degree structure also allows students to choose other subject areas apart from social science such as fi nance and economics units. This helps students to focus on developing analytical and quantitative skills relating to either financial aspects of management, or business and management in an international context.


Friday, 21 September 2012 21:32

BSc Economics & Management (Hons)

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The programme draws heavily on knowledge generated from social science theory.

  • A broad range of issues pertaining to global economics and international management is incorporated to develop a world-wide view and orientation.
  • Employers in the corporate world and related key employment areas place high esteem and recognition on graduates who have successfully completed their studies in this programme.
  • The programme is designed to foster logical and quantitative reasoning abilities among students who are able to demonstrate a good understanding of the forces having a profound impact on people’s life and work in society.
  • The programme incorporates in-depth analyses of key issues in the field of economics/specific areas of study in management.


Friday, 21 September 2012 21:50

BSc Banking & Finance (Hons)

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  • The degree provides students with a strong foundation in quantitative, economic, accounting and finance subjects.
  • The finance units provide students with an understanding of the way in which financial intermediaries and institutions operate and the structure and functioning of financial markets.
  • Students will learn about the pricing of financial assets and why and how corporations choose and issue various types of assets.
  • The banking units provide information on precisely how financial intermediaries operate, both on a domestic level and in the international arena.
  • The degree allows students to choose optional units in related areas which complement the core units to give wellrounded coverage of the major issues and areas of modern financial theory and practice.


Friday, 21 September 2012 21:35

BSc Economics (Hons)

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  • The degree builds on a good foundation in economic theory together with the necessary elements of mathematics and statistics.
  • The study of economics gives students a greater understanding of monetary and industrial economics as well as a broad perspective of world economics.
  • A wide range of international economics issues is incorporated to develop a global view of economics.
  • Because it’s a world class degree, its combination of rigorous study and powerful mathematical and quantitative skills equips students for top positions in public and private sector employment anywhere in the world.


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