Oxford International AQA Examinations has unveiled its first qualifications at a Middle East launch.
The joint venture between Oxford University Press and AQA was formed in May 2015, and its qualifications were revealed for the first time at a launch event at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
The international A-levels and GCSEs for schools following a British curriculum are initially available in English, Maths and Science. They reflect many of the latest reforms in the UK, including the new 9-1 grading system at GCSE. They have been tailored for English speakers living outside the UK, and exams will be scheduled at locally-convenient times.
The new international qualifications from Oxford International AQA Examinations are based on UK qualifications developed by more than 1,000 teachers, subject specialists and university academics.
The joint venture is driven by a mission to improve young people's education around the world, and the Middle East launch will help schools to demonstrate a commitment to quality and remain in step with the educational system in the UK.
Andrew Hall, AQA's Chief Executive, said: "Our qualifications draw upon the complementary strengths of OUP and AQA. At AQA, we bring our expertise in developing and delivering world-class qualifications, and both organisations share a mission to improve education through teaching, learning and assessment. These new qualifications will really help young people in the Middle East to develop the skills they need to thrive in the world's knowledge-based economies."
Kate Harris, Managing Director, Oxford Education, at Oxford University Press said: "Education has the ability to transform lives, and it is also a catalyst for economic growth, sustainability and innovation. With a growing focus on education across the Middle East, Oxford International AQA Examinations will support learning across the region; providing the highest quality qualifications to support the growing number of children attending international schools. I truly believe it will make a real difference."
The qualifications will be available for teaching from September 2016