About International GCSEs

Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs are versions of the UK Ofqual regulated GCSEs, with content and assessment designed specifically for international learners. Designed to be engaging, internationally appropriate and of equivalent standard to the GCSE, our International GCSEs provide students with the skills and knowledge they will need to successfully progress to A Levels, onto university and into employment.

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Available in 37 subjects, Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs are globally recognised academic qualifications, aimed at learners aged 14 to 16. They’re equivalent to a UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), and are the main requirement for progression to Level 3 studies. They are linear qualifications, meaning that students take all of the exams at the end of the course. They are available at Level 1 and Level 2.

We have recently redeveloped our full suite of qualifications to ensure continued comparability to British Curriculum qualifications following government reform. We have updated content and assessment methods drawing on stakeholder feedback, and introduced the 9–1 grading scale ensuring our International GCSEs are comparable to the 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.

Explore our subject pages to find out what support we offer in your subject. You will have access to materials to help you get started teaching the course, subject advisors to answer your subject specific questions, free training and much more - all designed to help you support your students to reach their full potential, for example our exclusive ResultsPlus technology allows you to assess your student’s performance on each question so that you identify where they need to improve.

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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