Our international qualifications and training
Through our international work, we aim to help students and teachers around the world reach their potential and progress to the next stage of their educational ambitions.
Our joint venture with Oxford University Press, Oxford International AQA Examinations offers a range of international GCSEs and A-levels specifically designed for international curriculum schools outside the UK. In China, our partnership with the Chinese Society of Education (CSE) helps develop expertise across the high school sector through sharing UK best practice in assessment and introducing different teaching concepts, policies and methods.
Oxford International AQA Examinations
In May 2015, we joined forces with Oxford University Press to create a joint venture called Oxford International AQA Examinations (Oxford AQA Exams).
This new venture provides international curriculum schools outside the UK with greater choice by offering a new generation of international qualifications aligned to the latest UK standards. Our internationally-recognised GCSEs and A-levels are specifically tailored to the needs of students studying outside the UK and feature specifications and assessments that are relevant to students wherever they live.
To accompany them, we’ve developed a range of resources for each specification. For science and maths this includes Exampro – a tool for customising assessments with an average of 820 questions per subject.
These new international qualifications are recognised by outstanding higher education institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, and the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Michigan and Edinburgh.
They’re benchmarked by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) as being comparable to the GCSEs and A-levels taken in England.
Supporting curriculum reform in China
We’re working in partnership with the Chinese Society of Education (CSE), a department of the Chinese Ministry of Education, which is establishing an international curriculum and research centre. The partnership also includes Sino Campus (新同文), a leading private educational services provider which is promoting the internationalisation of the Chinese curriculum through a network of partner schools and strategic partnerships across China.
The teaching and learning philosophy in China is very different to what we see in schools in the UK and the overall aim of this collaboration is to share UK best practice and support the development of China's high school curriculum reform programme.
Through this partnership, we’re sharing best practice in assessment and introducing different teaching concepts and methods to support schools that are adopting a British curriculum. In particular, we’re supporting the teaching of critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in science and maths.