Pearson Edexcel International Advanced level

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  • International
Purpose

To provide an advanced qualification recognised worldwide, which can support progression to higher education internationally.

Education context

Pearson Edexcel International Advanced levels have been available internationally since September 2013.

Taught by over 790 schools in 75 countries

Are not available to schools in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or in British Forces overseas schools.

Awarding organisation
  • Pearson (Edexcel)
Structure

This qualification is not regulated by Ofqual, and does not appear on the Register of Regulated Qualifications.

  • Accounting: 2 unit, modular qualification.
  • Business Studies & Economics: 4 unit, modular qualification.
  • English Language & English Literature: 4 unit, modular qualification.
  • Geography: 4 unit, modular qualification.
  • History: 4 unit, modular qualification.
  • Arabic & Greek: 2 unit, modular qualification.
  • French, German & Spanish: 4 unit, modular qualification.
  • Law: Linear course, comprising 2 papers.
  • Applied ICT: 6 unit, modular qualification.
  • Mathematics: 4 unit, modular qualification.
  • Further Mathematics: 6 unit, modular qualification.
  • Pure Mathematics: 4 unit, modular qualification.
  • Biology, Chemistry & Physics: 6 unit, modular qualification.
  • Psychology: 4 unit, modular qualification.
Subject areas
  • Business and Finance (Accounting, Business Studies, Economics)
  • English (English Language, English Literature)
  • Humanities (Geography, History)
  • Languages (Arabic, French, German, Greek, Spanish)
  • Law (IAL only)
  • ICT
  • Mathematics (Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Pure Mathematics)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Psychology
Levels
  • Level 3

Comparable to Level 3 of the Regulatory Frameworks in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Grading

The full International Advanced level will be graded on a six-point scale A* – E.

Assessment

Most are entirely assessed through externally examined assessments.

The only exception is ICT, in which four of the six units are internally assessed, and the evidence is presented as either an ebook or eportfolio.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade
  • Accounting: 2 units worth 50% each.
  • Business Studies & Economics: 4 units worth 25% each.
  • English Language & English Literature: 4 units worth 25% each.
  • Geography: Units 1 & 3 worth 30% each and Units 2 & 4 worth 20% each.
  • History: 4 units worth 25% each.
  • Arabic & Greek: 2 units worth 50% each.
  • French, German & Spanish: Units 1 & 3 worth 15.4% each and Units 2 & 4 worth 34.6% each.
  • Law: Each paper worth 50%.
  • Applied ICT:  6 units worth 17% each.
  • Mathematics: Units C12 & C34 worth 33.3% each plus 2 units worth 16.7% each.
  • Further Mathematics: 6 units worth 16.7% each.
  • Pure Mathematics: Units C12 & C34 worth 33.3% each plus 2 units worth 16.7% each.
  • Biology, Chemistry & Physics: Units 1, 2, 4 & 5 worth 20% each plus Units 3 & 6 worth 10% each.
  • Psychology: Units 1 & 3 worth 20% each and Units 2 & 4 worth 30% each.
Resit arrangements

For all qualifications (except Law which is linear), students can resit any unit irrespective of whether the qualification is to be cashed in.

If a student resits a unit more than once, only the better of the two most recent attempts will be available for aggregation to a qualification grade.

Please refer to the Entry, Aggregation and Certification document on the Pearson Edexcel qualifications website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/International%20Advanced%20Level/2013/Forms%20and%20administration/IAL-entry-aggregation-and-certification-rules-update.pdf

Guided/notional learning hours notes

360 guided learning hours.

Key issues for UK HE admissions

Higher education providers can expect to receive applications from overseas students holding International Advanced levels.

Since they are not available in UK schools, HEPs will not receive applications from UK students holding International Advanced levels.

UK NARIC has carried out an independent benchmarking of International Advanced level and found it comparable to the standard of UK A level.

Learners use International Advanced levels to gain places at universities world-wide including United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, UAE, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

January 2017 examination series – candidate results 2 March 2017.

June 2017 examination series – candidate results 17 August 2017.

October 2017 examination series – candidate results 25 January 2018.

Qualification dates notes

This qualification is current.

Reporting and certification information
Progression information

Students can generally expect that their grades will be accepted as equivalent, grade for grade, to UK A level grades by universities worldwide.