Edexcel International GCSE English as a Second Language (ESL) | Pearson qualifications

International GCSEs English as a Second Language (ESL) (2017)

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NEW for 2023!

We have a new and improved Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) for English as a Second Language qualification (2023). It has been designed to include cultural sensitivity, diverse reading, and additionally listening recordings are used throughout the assessment/resource materials to accelerate communication for the best language outcomes. Assessment is designed to measure achievement against many of the benchmarks of Levels A2 – B2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).



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Teaching from: 2017

External assesment from: 2019

Last external assessment: June 2025

Here you’ll find everything you need to study for or to teach the Edexcel International GCSE (9–1) English as a Second Language, including key documents and the latest news. 

The qualification has been developed with the help of teachers, higher education representatives and subject expert groups.It supports progression to further study, with up-to-date content reflecting the latest thinking in the subject. Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (9–1) is comparable to the UK reformed GCSEs in terms of the level of demand and assessment standards.

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