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A LEVELS  Arabic

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

The A Level Arabic offers a valuable opportunity for pupils to further develop their language skills, enabling them to demonstrate impressive proficiency in spoken and written Arabic. 


Within the Arabic course, pupils engage in activities that encompass understanding spoken and written Arabic, as well as speaking and writing in the language fluently. The curriculum is structured around five key themes:


  • Arab Society between past and present

  • Arab Artistic culture past and present 

  • Political culture past and present. 

  • Citizenship in the Arab world


These themes and topics are explored within the context of Morocco and other countries and communities where Arabic is spoken.


Assessment of the subject involves four papers:


Section A: (translation into English), 20 minutes (recommended timing), 20 marks: 

- students are given one unseen text in Arabic and must translate it into English.

Section B: (reading), 45 minutes (recommended timing), 20 marks: 

- students respond to four questions based on the texts provided


Section C: (writing), 1 hour and 25 minutes (recommended timing), 40 marks: 

- students are required to select only one research subject prior to the examination and must base their research on one Arabic-speaking country only


Arabic is a language that can open up numerous opportunities in the future, making it particularly suitable for students who envision themselves as global citizens. Studying Arabic not only broadens horizons but also promotes intercultural understanding. However, it is important to note that Arabic can be a challenging subject, and success requires dedication and responsibility in reviewing and practising language skills outside of lessons and designated study time. 


The A Level in Arabic equips pupils with a deep understanding of the language and culture, enabling them to communicate effectively in spoken and written Arabic. It fosters global citizenship and provides valuable skills for intercultural communication. Pupils who undertake this challenging subject will broaden their horizons and develop a lifelong appreciation for the Arabic language and culture.

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