About Edexcel Certificates

Edexcel Certificates are based on our well-established Edexcel International GCSEs, but are offered specifically to UK state schools. These qualifications draw on our many years of experience with International GCSES, which are now taken by learners in over 55 countries worldwide and taught by over 350 independent schools in the UK. 

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DfE announcement on performance tables from 2017

Resit availability

On 28 June the Department for Education announced that following Ofqual’s decision to give post-16 students a final opportunity to re-sit the current GCSEs in English, English language and mathematics in summer 2017:

“ …we will also apply these same rules for to IGCSEs and equivalent level 1/level 2 certificates counting towards the EBacc measure. This will mean that IGCSE and equivalent level 1/level 2 re-sits throughout the 2016/17 academic year will also be approved for teaching under the 16-19 Maths and English condition of funding, and resulting achievements will count towards the new progress measure.”

Therefore, we will be offering a resit for the Edexcel Certificate in English Language, and the Edexcel Certificate in maths in summer 2017.

Resits will not be available in any other subjects.

Withdrawal of Edexcel Certificates

Current arrangements for recognising level 1/level 2 Certificates will end with the introduction of reformed GCSEs, as announced by the Department for Education in January 2015. Once the Edexcel Certificates no longer count in performance measures, they will also cease to attract funding. As a result, the qualifications can no longer be offered to schools and we are therefore withdrawing all our Edexcel Certificate qualifications. This will be a phased process across the Edexcel Certificate subjects.

Following the DfE’s announcement in June 2015, the final availability and recognition of the Edexcel certificates in English Language and maths has been updated. No other subjects are affected by this announcement.

Edexcel Certificates in English and Maths

  • Final first entry examinations will take place in summer 2016.
  • There will be ONE opportunity to resit the Certificate qualifications in English Language and maths in summer 2017
  • There will be no opportunity to resit the examinations in English Literature in 2017
  • Final recognition of results in performance tables will be summer 2017.
  • From summer 2018 onwards, only the new GCSE (9-1) qualifications in English or maths will count in performance tables.

Edexcel Certificates in Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages and the Sciences

  • Final examination will take place in summer 2017.
  • Final recognition of results in performance tables will be summer 2017.
  • There will be no opportunity to sit the examinations in January 2018.
  • From summer 2018 onwards, only the new GCSE (9-1) qualifications will count in performance tables.

Edexcel Certificate in Chinese

  • Final examination will take place in summer 2018.
  • Final recognition of results in performance tables will be summer 2018.
  • There will be no opportunity to sit the examinations in January 2019.
  • From summer 2019 onwards, only the new GCSE (9-1) qualifications will count in performance tables.

What are Edexcel Certificates?

Available in 13 subjects, Level 1 and Level 2 Edexcel Certificates are equivalent to GCSEs. Designed as a two-year course, they’re usually studied at 14-16. They prepare students for academic and vocational study at Level 3, including AS and A levels, International Advanced Levels and BTECs.

Why teach Edexcel Certificates?

Edexcel Certificates have the same academic rigour as International GCSEs but offer UK state schools greater choice, as they’re eligible for inclusion in performance tables, including the headline measures and English Baccalaureate. Current arrangements for recognising level 1/level 2 Certificates will end with the introduction of reformed GCSEs, as announced by the DfE in January 2015.

There is no controlled assessment, freeing up more teaching time in which you can explore new areas and skills with your students.

And of course, whether you’re teaching Edexcel Certificates, GCSEs or International GCSEs, you’ll benefit from a full range of services, including:

  • Analytical and diagnostic tools: Our exclusive ePen and ResultsPlus technology lets you assess learners’ performance so you can help them to improve.

  • Subject advisors: We have experts in each subject area on hand to answer your subject-specific questions personally.

  • Unbeaten support: We’re committed to supporting you in your day-to-day teaching, from our online subject communities to sample assessment materials, mark schemes and published resources.

Why study Edexcel Certificates?

After completing your Edexcel Certificates, you can go on to further study by taking AS and A levels or other equivalent qualifications such as our BTEC Nationals. Edexcel Certificates have the same status as GCSE in terms of university entry requirements.

How will I be assessed?

Most subjects are assessed by an examination at the end of the course. There is no controlled assessment, although there is a coursework element for English Language. Grades are awarded from A* to G.

Next steps

For more information about our Edexcel Certificates, read the FAQs:

Edexcel Certificate FAQs

To see what Edexcel Certificate subjects we offer, visit the International GCSE and Edexcel Certificates homepage:

International GCSEs and Edexcel Certificates