Arabic originated between the 1st and 4th centuries—it is very old! With more than 300 million Arabic speakers in the world, It is now the main language used throughout the Arab world.

It is the official language of 27 states, the third most after English and French; and it is one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations. There are many Arabic words used in other languages like French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Even English has borrowed some words from Arabic! These include: alchemy, algebra, candy, coffee, cotton, magazine, sofa, and many more! Arabic has at least 11 different words for love, and over 100 for camel!



Qualification: GCSE
Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Code: 1AA0


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Topics Covered

You will develop 4 skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing.



  • Identity & culture
  • Local, national & international areas of interest
  • School
  • Future aspirations, study, and work
  • International and global dimension


100 % - Exam at the end of Year 11


  • 25% Listening - Higher or Foundation tier
  • 25% Reading - Higher or Foundation tier
  • 25% Speaking - 7-12 minutes test. Higher or Foundation tier
  • 25% Writing - Written paper - Higher or Foundation tier

Course Progression

All universities see languages as a useful subject for any degree course and many universities are now starting to make first year students take a language module as part of their studies. 

Speaking a second language makes you stand out - don’t ever lose it!  

Career Opportunities

With the renewed focus on the English Baccalaureate subjects, people are realising the importance of having a foreign 
language at GCSE level. 

Although employers always knew how important it was! Having a language improves your communication skills, makes you more 
culturally aware and provides you with opportunities your fellow employees may never get!