University recognition guide
This guide provides information and guidance for all students, teachers and parents who are considering Edexcel IALs as a study option. It explains how these qualifications enable students to progress to universities worldwide.
- All Russell Group universities in the UK (including Oxford and Cambridge) accept Edexcel IALs.
- All Group of 8 universities (Go8) in Australia accept Edexcel IALs.
- Edexcel IALs are recognised by US universities including: Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
- Edexcel IALs are recognised by top Canadian Higher-Education Institutions including; the University of Toronto and McGill university.
- Edexcel IALs are recognised by universities in Asia including; Hong Kong / China University of Science and Technology and the National University of Singapore.
- Download our Edexcel IAL university recognition guide, to help understand which Higher-Education Institutions globally accept these qualifications for undergraduate entry.
- View a list of universities by country that formally recognise Edexcel IAL qualifications. We update this list on an ongoing basis.
- Download letters of recognition from US credit evaluators who are available to support Edexcel IAL students with their application to US universities. US universities also seek guidance from credit evaluators when recognising international qualifications for undergraduate entry.
- View examples of universities that offer Edexcel IAL credit exemptions for advanced entry
Read case studies of Edexcel IAL students who have successfully gone to to world leading universities.
- Download a copy of the UK NARIC report, which compares Edexcel IAL and GCE A level in terms of the standard and level of demand. UK NARIC is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills. It performs this official function on behalf of the UK Government.
- Watch students and teachers in Malaysia talk about teaching and studying Edexcel IAL qualifications.
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For information and advice on how to apply to universities across the world, visit our Apply to University page.
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Edexcel International GCSE recognition
- Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs and GCSEs are recognised and accepted by universities worldwide.
- Some universities may state minimum grades required for university entry in some subjects. This is usually for English and Maths and sometimes Science subjects.
- International GCSEs and GCSEs in England are both moving to a 9-1 grading scale from 2016/2017 and universities have confirmed that they recognise the new scale in terms of admission requirements.