Pearson’s Edexcel International GCSEs are academic qualifications aimed at learners aged 14 to 16. They’re equivalent to a UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), and are the main requirement for Level 3 studies, including progression to GCE AS or A levels, BTECs or employment. International GCSEs are linear qualifications, meaning that students take all of the exams at the end of the course. They are available at Level 1 (grades D-G) and Level 2 (grades A*-C). There are currently more than 100,000 learners studying Edexcel International GCSEs, in countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Developed by subject specialists and reviewed regularly, many of Pearson’s Edexcel International GCSEs include specific international content to make them relevant to students worldwide.
Pearson’s Edexcel International GCSEs were initially developed for international schools. They have since become popular among independent schools in the UK, but are not approved for use in UK state schools. If you’re a UK state school, you may be interested in offering Pearson’s Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificates. These qualifications are based on the Edexcel International GCSE specifications but currently count towards national performance measures and are eligible for funding in UK state schools until 2016.
International GCSEs are offered in over 40 subjects. Subject areas include: Art and Design, Business & Economics, English, Humanities, Information and Communication Technology, Languages, Mathematics, Sciences. Note that the subject areas highlighted in bold are also available as part of the Edexcel Certificate qualification suite.