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GCSEs – General Certificates of Secondary Education – are the main qualifications taken by 14- to 16-year-olds in schools and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But you can take them to gain a qualification in a subject you’re interested in at any age.

GCSEs are usually studied full time, taking two years to complete. Short courses are also available, and adult learners can take evening classes or teach themselves. There are no formal entry requirements and no age limits.

GCSE courses mainly involve studying the theory of a subject combined with some investigative work. Each qualification is at Level 1 or 2 on the National Qualifications Framework, depending on the grade you achieve.

GCSEs are highly valued by schools, colleges and employers. They are the first step towards a range of careers or further study. GCSEs have been used as a benchmark to judge student ability for more than 25 years.

GCSEs are subject-specific qualifications. Our Edexcel GCSEs are available in over 40 subjects ranging from Art and Design to Urdu. You can see what GCSE subjects we offer and what each course covers by reading the course details, which you can download from each GCSE subject page.

Available in over 40 subjects, Edexcel International GCSEs are academic qualifications aimed at learners aged 14 to 16. They’re equivalent to a UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), and are the main requirement for progression to Level 3 studies.

International GCSEs are linear qualifications, meaning that students take all of the exams at the end of the course. They are available at Level 1 (grades D-G) and Level 2 (grades A*-C).

There are currently more than 100,000 learners studying Edexcel International GCSEs, in countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

  • Wide subject range: Edexcel International GCSE qualifications are currently available in 40 subjects, offering more choice to students wanting to study a variety of topics.
  • Options for progression: On successful completion of these qualifications, students can choose to further their study by taking AS and A levels or other equivalent qualifications such as our BTEC Nationals or the Edexcel International Diploma.
  • Global recognition: Our International GCSEs help students apply to study and work across the world. Recognised by employers and educators worldwide, they are equivalent, grade for grade, to UK GCSEs, with the same status for university entry requirements.
  • Extensive student support: We offer our students a wide range of resources and assistance, from exam timetables and past papers to revision tips and the opportunity to comment on our blogs, share a query on Twitter or ask us a question on Facebook.

To see what International GCSE subjects we offer, visit the Edexcel International GCSEs and Edexcel Certificates homepage:

International GCSEs and Edexcel Certificates

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