International GCSEs from 2016 and 2017
We have launched a new suite of Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (9–1) qualifications. It was important to refresh these qualifications to keep the content up to date and relevant, and ensure continued comparability to the newly reformed Ofqual regulated GCSEs in the UK.
As A Levels and International A levels are also going through a period of reform, it was also important to ensure that the new International GCSEs continued to allow direct progression to these new qualifications.
There are different final assessment dates across subjects and depending on whether you are based in the UK or internationally, therefore it is important that you transition to the new specification at the right time.
We have refreshed the content and made some level of change to each qualification, therefore it is important that you are familiar with these changes for your subject. We have created a range of free support materials and training events to help you understand these changes.
The new International GCSEs will use the new 9–1 grading scale from first assessment. The scale was introduced to the Ofqual regulated GCSEs by the UK government, and it is important to ensure that our qualifications continue to remain comparable to GCSEs. The new scale is designed to allow greater differentiation of ability across the range of grades, and will reward outstanding performance with the new grade 9.
Understand the benefits of the new grading scale, and how to explain the changes to your students and parents using our materials and videos
We are supporting students to develop a range of transferable skills (such as problem solving, critical thinking, leadership and collaboration) as part of their International GCSE curriculum. These skills will ensure that students are better enabled to access higher levels of academic study, and will be able to demonstrate highly sought after skills to their future employers.