Edexcel International GCSE Computer Science (2017)

Supporting success in Computer Science

Our Edexcel 9-1 International GCSE Computer Science specification and support materials have been developed with the help of teachers, higher education representatives and subject expert groups.

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The qualification supports seamless progression to further study, with up-to-date content reflecting the latest thinking in the subject. It is comparable to the UK reformed GCSEs in terms of the level of demand and assessment standards. 

With the introduction of a new 9-1 grading scale for GCSEs in England, the A* grade available for the current Edexcel International GCSEs does not neatly align with the top grade 9. Grade 9 represents a higher level of attainment than the current A* grade.

After extensive consultation with schools and wider stakeholders, we have taken the decision to introduce the 9-1 grading scale for the updated suite of Edexcel International GCSEs. This is to give the very highest performers the opportunity to achieve a grade 9, rewarding outstanding academic achievement. 

We will provide you with a wider range of teaching and learning materials, resources and training to support the best possible learner outcomes, in time for first teaching. This support includes schemes of work, comprehensive textbooks and interactive resources, digital services and tailored Edexcel International GCSE teacher training. This will complement the wider Pearson support available for Edexcel qualifications, such as ResultsPlus, ResultsPlus Direct, and Exam Wizard.

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Edexcel International GCSE Computer Science 2017 specification
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Qualification type:
International GCSE
Level 1/2
Computer Science
Specification codes:
International and UK independent schools
First teaching:
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Why choose this specification?

The Edexcel International GCSE in Computer Science specification is assessed through a written theory paper and practical examination. This qualification provides students with the opportunity of operating confidently in today’s digital world, enabling students to apply computational thinking in context. It’s designed as a two-year course for teaching in international schools and colleges.

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You will be equipped with a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of the subject, including the computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts.

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