Edexcel International GCSE Religious Studies (2017)

Supporting success in Religious Studies

Our Edexcel 9-1 International GCSE Religious Studies 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, 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



Edexcel International GCSE Religious Studies 2017 specification
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Qualification type:
International GCSE
Level 1/2
Religious Studies
Specification codes:
International and UK independent schools ?International GCSEs are not approved for use in UK state schools, but can be taught in independent schools.
First teaching:
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Why choose this specification?

The Edexcel International GCSE in Religious Studies specification is assessed through a single exam. Covering religious beliefs, values and traditions through the study of one or more of the six major world religions, it’s designed as a two-year course for teaching in international schools and colleges and UK independent schools.

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You'll cover religious beliefs, values and traditions through the study of one or more of the six major world religions as you study our two-year Edexcel International GCSE in Religious Studies course. 

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