Edexcel Certificates for parents and candidates

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about our Edexcel Certificates.  

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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.

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 currently have the same status as GCSE in terms of university entry requirements

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.

As well as assessing your subject knowledge and skills, examination results are also used to measure a school's performance. With the introduction of reformed GCSEs from 2015, Certificates will no longer be included in performance tables and schools will no longer receive funding for offering the qualification. Therefore we are withdrawing all our Edexcel Certificate qualifications. This will be a phased process across the Edexcel Certificate subjects.

Edexcel Certificates in English and Maths

  • Final examination will take place in summer 2016.
  • There will be no opportunity to sit the examinations in January 2017.

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

  • Final examination will take place in summer 2017.
  • There will be no opportunity to sit the examinations in January 2018.

Edexcel Certificate in Chinese

  • Final examination will take place in summer 2018.
  • There will be no opportunity to sit the examinations in January 2019.