The Edexcel GCSE in Arabic consists of four units based on the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The Edexcel GCSE (Short Course) in Arabic: Spoken Language is formed of two of these units (Speaking and Listening) and the Edexcel GCSE (Short Course in Arabic: Written Language is formed of the other two units (Reading and Writing). All qualifications offer choice, flexibility and focus.

Students may be entered for a short course at the end of Year 10 or Year 11, however, it is no longer possible for students to ‘top up’ from a short course to the full GCSE.

Listening & understanding

This unit draws on vocabulary and structures from across the four specified common topic areas.

Students will be tested on their ability to understand spoken Arabic.Testing is through a variety of tasks which require a response, written or non-verbal, to demonstrate understanding.

Speaking

The focus of the speaking unit will be chosen by the centre in consultation with the student and will relate to the following themes: media, travel and culture or sport, leisure and work.

Reading & understanding

This unit draws on vocabulary and structures from across the four specified common topic areas.

Students will be tested on their ability to understand written Arabic.Testing in through a variety of tasks which require a response (either written or non-verbal), to demonstrate their understanding.

Writing

Students will produce two pieces of Arabic writing in response to a choice of questions that relate to the prescribed themes of this specification: media, travel and culture or sport, leisure and work.

The Arabic GCSE exam topics are as follows:

  • Media and Culture: music, film, reading, fashion, celebrities, religion, blogs, internet, holidays, accommodation, eating, food and drink
  • Sport and Leisure: hobbies and interests, sporting events, life style choices , work experience, part-time jobs, product or service information

The weighting is: Listening (23%) – externally assessed, Speaking (27%) – externally assessed, Reading (23%) – externally assessed,Writing (27%) – externally assessed.