About International GCSEs

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. 

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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. Find out more about university progression with International GCSEs.

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. 

Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs use the 9–1 grading scale which is also used for the Ofqual regulated GCSEs. The new scale was introduced by the UK government to raise standards and recognise outstanding performance. It improves differentiation between learners with a nine (9–1), rather than an eight (A*–G), point grading scale. This means that students are ideally placed to make progress to International A Levels (IAL) and to universities worldwide.

We are pleased to offer a range of qualifications to ensure that our customers in the UK and internationally can choose according to their needs and contexts. We have recently reformed our GCSE and International GCSE qualifications, with students around the world experiencing new programmes and assessments. 

We ensure comparability between assessment demand, performance outcomes, and, where appropriate, the knowledge and skills developed by students. We use a consistent approach to designing, developing and awarding GCSEs and International GCSEs - so that you can be confident that standards are comparable.

NARIC (the National Recognition Information Centre) have completed an independent audit and review of the comparability of Pearson Edexcel’s redeveloped International GCSEs to our redeveloped GCSEs using its well-established and rigorous methodology. This analysis considered key qualification and assessment design principles and has concluded that they are comparable.

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Our world-class support includes subject advisors, the Pearson international school community, face-to-face and online training events and professional development courses, getting started guides, schemes of work, lesson plans, skills development support, exemplar marked responses and teacher guides. We also have curriculum matched, endorsed published textbooks and online teaching and learning resources.

Our technology capability also allows us to provide unique services and tools such as our FREE Access to Scripts service, ResultsPlus exam performance tool, ResultsPlus Direct and examWizard exam preparation tool. 

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 equipped to access higher levels of academic study, and will be able to demonstrate highly sought after skills to their future employers. Find out more about transferable skills


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. 

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