About our Edexcel Certificates in English

Our Edexcel Certificates in English Language and English Literature are qualifications for UK state schools based on our International GCSE specifications. 

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With our International GCSEs becoming increasingly popular among UK independent schools, we've developed our Edexcel Certificates specifically for schools in the UK. This means more choice for UK state schools, as the Edexcel Certificates are eligible for inclusion in performance tables including the headline measures and English Baccalaureate until summer 2016.

From summer 2016, the Edexcel Certificates in English are being withdrawn. Learn more about Edexcel Certificate withdrawal

Why teach our Edexcel Certificates in English?

  • Edexcel Certificates in English Language and English Literature are approved for use in maintained schools and therefore eligible to be included in performance tables.

  • The Certificates count toward the English Baccalaureate.

  • They are equivalent to GCSE and available for assessment in both January and June, letting you choose the assessment window that best suits your students.

  • There is no controlled assessment. The Certificates are 100% externally assessed for Literature and 90% externally assessed for Language. With greater freedom in the curriculum, you can personalise content to suit your students.

  • There is no tiering, allowing for straightforward student entry and enabling all your learners to achieve, with no ceiling. Exam papers contain both short and long answer questions to be accessible to students of all abilities.

  • The Certificates are suitable for the whole ability range. Higher ability students will be challenged, and lower ability students are supported by scaffolded questions.

  • The English Language and English Literature specifications can be taught together using themes, as shown in the exemplar scheme of work. (You’ll find this in the course materials under ‘Teaching materials’). Offering two qualifications from the same family is a practical option, making exam entries easier to manage.

  • The free Anthology includes a wide range of reading material and all the texts you need for English Language and for Paper 2 of English Literature.

Course structure, assessment, grading and progression

The simple structure of both Edexcel Certificate English specifications lets you design a scheme of work that focuses on the areas your students are most interested in, giving you the freedom to explore different texts and poems that won’t be assessed. You can use the time free from coursework and controlled assessments to explore new areas, teach and practise new skills and help instil a love of English in your students.

  • 90% examination with 10% speaking and listening coursework 
  • Assessment opportunities in January and June examination series
  • Two external assessments – no controlled assessment
  • Three Speaking and Listening tasks - no spoken language study
  • All texts are provided in the Edexcel Anthology
  • Scaffolded exam questions
  • Grading A* to G
  • Facilitates progression to AS and A level in English Language, English Literature or English Literature and Language, or equivalent qualifications.
     
  • 100% examination
  • Assessment opportunities in January and June examination series
  • Two exams - no controlled assessment
  • Wider choice of texts, with a total of four studied across two papers
  • Grading A* to G
  • Facilitates progression to AS and A level in English Language, English Literature or English Literature and Language, or equivalent qualifications.

We're pleased to confirm that our Edexcel Level 1/2 Certificate in English Language will count in the performance measures (five A*-C including English and maths and the English Baccalaureate) in 2014, 2015 and 2016. It has exactly the same status as GCSE, so will not be viewed as a non-GCSE qualification in the performance table rules.

See a list of qualifications that count in the EBacc here.

As with GCSE, students must take both the Certificate in English Language and the Certificate/GCSE in English Literature and achieve at least a grade C in English Language. This is to ensure that anyone achieving the Level 2 threshold has studied the whole English curriculum. With the inclusion of the new English Certificates, you could also offer:

  • Certificate in English Language with GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE English language with Certificate in English Literature.

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For more information about our Edexcel Certificates, read the FAQs.