Known worldwide for academic excellence and globally recognised, Pearson Edexcel International English qualifications are designed for learners aged 14 to 16 with academic content and assessment designed specifically for international learners. 

Equipping learners with a range of transferable skills and knowledge by providing opportunities to develop critical thinking, leadership and collaboration skills, our English qualifications will undoubtedly help learners become better communicators.

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Reasons to choose Pearson Edexcel English

For International GCSE (9-1) English Language A and English Literature we offer a choice of linear or modular assessment. The linear route is where exams are taken at the end of the programme of study. The modular route breaks the journey into units with an exam at the end of each unit. Whichever route you choose, the exams take the same amount of time, teachers spend the same amount of time teaching, and everyone has the best chance of success at international GCSE. Pearson Edexcel are the only awarding organisation to offer a modular approach for International GCSE and International AS/A Level.

Modular International GCSE (9-1) English Language A and English Literature are available for first teaching from 2023 and first assessment from May/June 2024.

*The modular assessment route is only available to schools outside of the UK (United Kingdom)

We are the first exam board to offer onscreen exams. Technology is advancing, learning is evolving, and so is assessment so students across the world have been able to take onscreen exams for Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) English Language A and English Literature qualifications since May 2023.

We believe in creating assessments that encourage progress, enable access and inclusion, and enrich learning. And together with the education community, we’re focused on choosing where and how we best use technology to positively impact assessments and the lives of learners. Onscreen exams are available for both modular and linear routes.

Our subject advisors are on hand to help with any subject-specific queries you may have and are available to support your educators throughout the year. They provide fast, reliable help and aim to answer all emailed questions within 48 hours and resolve 90% of issues phoned in on the first call.

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Question papers are clear and accessible for students of all abilities. Mark schemes are straightforward, so that the assessment requirements are clear.

We have provided alternative assessment routes to suit different school and student needs across the world. Each English specification has been designed to develop and stretch students in different ways.

Teachers become more and more confident in their delivery over time, and books don’t need to be replaced frequently, saving money.

We have ensured that the texts used within assessments are engaging and suitable for all students. They span a diverse range of international authors, and include poetry, prose and drama.

Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (9–1) English Language A, B and English Literature qualifications are designed to offer a broad equivalent standard to Pearson’s regulated Edexcel GCSE qualifications. This ensures that Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs (9–1) are recognised globally and provide learners with the same progression routes as GCSEs.

Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English qualifications enable successful progression to A Level and beyond. Through our worldclass qualification development process, we have consulted with International Advanced Level and A Level teachers, as well as university professors, to validate the appropriateness of this qualification including the content, skills and assessment structure. 

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