Course Details:

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 and English Literature will continue to be examined in June of each year only.


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




Regulated by Ofqual.

Regulated by Pearson.

Which subjects will have an International Advanced Level qualification available?

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

Will there be new specifications for each of these subjects?

Mathematics and Economics

New International AS/Advanced Level specifications will be available for Mathematics and Economics.  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 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.

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 bottom right corner of the Degree Course Finder website.

Pearson has advised us that all universities have been informed of the latest changes, but will only be able to send back their acknowledgements in due time.

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

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.

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.

Can students in the UK take International Advanced level qualifications?

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

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.

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