Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Literature (2016)

Supporting success in English Literature 

Our Edexcel 9-1 International GCSE English Literature 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.

The Pearson Progression Scale and Map represent our view of how learning progresses in English, 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, exemplar materials, 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.

For the latest news about Edexcel 9-1 International GCSEs for first teaching in 2016 and 2017, please view the pages below.

Int GCSE 2016/17 updates - latest news for International schools

Int GCSE 2016/17 updates - latest news for UK schools



Edexcel International GCSE English Literature 2016 specification
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Qualification type:
International GCSE
Level 1/2
English Literature
Specification codes:
International and UK Independent Schools
First teaching:
First assessment:
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Our free Getting Ready To Teach events will support you in delivering the new Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English specification for first teaching from September 2016.

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Why choose? 

The Edexcel International GCSE in English Literature specification gives the option of assessment by coursework or 100% examination. Offering teachers a broad choice of set texts including prose, drama and poetry from around the world, it’s designed as a two-year course for teaching in international schools and colleges and UK independent schools.

You can learn more about the new Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) English qualifications directly from Clare Haviland (Pearson English subject advisor).

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