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About Edexcel

 

Pearson Edexcel is the brand name for academic and general qualifications from Pearson, including GCSEs and A levels, as well as some vocational qualifications, including NVQs and Functional Skills.

Pearson’s international GCSE is developed, designed and benchmarked to be of equivalent standard to our GCSE 9-1 qualification regulated by Ofqual, they have set the standard for worldwide recognised qualifications, built on the UK educational system and accepted by universities worldwide, for more than 150 years.

Designed to advance learners’ skills while developing knowledge, Edexcel’s qualifications help learners either progress to higher education or go directly into employment. They are grounded in the quality and traditions of the British education system made relevant for today’s UK and international learners.

In the UK, Edexcel qualifications are suitable for a wide range of learners aged from 14 to 19. International schools can also offer the Edexcel Primary and Lower Secondary Curricula, so learners range from 8 to 19 years old.

 

IGCSE or International General Certificate of Secondary Education

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the Pearson Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) are two of the most prominent examinations in the world todayThe Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the Pearson Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) are two of the most prominent examinations in the world todayThe Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the Pearson Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) are two of the most prominent examinations in the world today

Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (9–1) qualifications are comparable to the UK GCSE, with appropriate international content and assessment that will enable successful progression for learners. 

Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs are studied in over 80 countries worldwide and in independent schools in the UK. Available in 37 subjects, they are equivalent, grade for grade, to UK GCSEs and accepted by universities globally. Aimed at learners aged 14 to 16, they provide the skills and knowledge needed to progress to A Levels, International A Levels, onto university and into employment.

 

Why choose Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs

Our qualifications have been designed in collaboration with subject experts, teachers and university professors, to ensure that the content and assessment methods are appropriate and will enable successful progression for learners.

We have ensured a content route that is appropriate for your learners with international topics and the use of culturally sensitive, local contexts where possible. This is to ensure that these qualifications are even more relevant and engaging for students around the world, allowing for learning in a local context to a global standard. 

The design of our qualifications has been approved by a panel of World Class Qualification experts, a panel unique to Pearson Edexcel, who have ensured that our qualifications represent international best practice. We have also embedded transferable skills support throughout our qualifications, providing students with the opportunity to gain a wider set of skills through our academic curriculum, important for successful progression to A Levels, university study and employment. 

Pearson Edexcel A levels

The A level family includes AS and A levels. Available in over 40 subjects, Pearson Edexcel A levels give students the chance to develop intellectually as they explore a subject in great depth.

Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Levels (IAL) are globally recognised qualifications which open doors to top local and international universities worldwide. International A Levels have a modular structure, yet remain comparable to A levels, as confirmed by NARIC*.

In 2015 the government announced that there would be some changes made to the way teens complete their AS and A levels, so it’s important to know how these reforms could affect your child and what it will mean for their grades at the end of their studies.

 

What are AS and A levels?

The majority of students complete their A levels between the age of 16-18 in order to apply to university, although they are also useful when choosing to go straight into paid work or in order to train as an apprentice.

 

What do the new government reforms mean for AS and A levels?

The old system saw teens study AS levels in Year 12, with exams taken in May-June that are worth 50% of your overall A level qualification. This is the part that’s changed.

In 2015 the government revealed that changes would be made to how AS and A levels are graded. The new reforms mean that AS levels will no longer count towards your child’s qualification and instead, they’ll face more exams at the end of Year 13. The AS level can stand as a separate qualification but not if they choose to complete an A level in the subject.

So for subjects taken under the new system, all A level exams will take place at the end of Year 13, with no marks from AS levels contributing to the overall final grade.

Across the board, students can also expect less coursework and fewer practical assessments (in Wales, practicals will still count in biology, chemistry and physics A level) – making exam revision even more important. Grades will continue to be awarded on an A*-E scale.

 

All UK universities accept A Levels.

For an Example: Oxford University.

In order to take up the offer of a place to study here, all applicants must meet the qualification requirements of their course. Many students who apply to Oxford are taking A-levelsIn order to take up the offer of a place to study here, all applicants must meet the qualification requirements of their course. Many students who apply to Oxford are taking A-levels

In order to take up the offer of a place to study here, all applicants must meet the qualification requirements of their course. Many students who apply to Oxford are taking A-levelsIn order to take up the offer of a place to study here, all applicants must meet the qualification requirements of their course. Many students who apply to Oxford are taking A-levelsIn order to take up the offer of a place to study here, all applicants must meet the qualification requirements of their course. Many students who apply to Oxford are taking A-levels