Edexcel Certificates – what are they?
The qualification mainly involves studying the theory of a subject combined with some investigative work.
They are usually studied full-time at school or college, taking two years to complete. Adult learners can take evening classes or teach themselves. There are no formal entry requirements and no age limits.
Edexcel Certificates are at levels 1 and 2 on the National Qualifications Framework, depending on the grade you get.
Why take Edexcel Certificates?
Edexcel Certificates are the UK versions of our highly renowned International GCSEs and are recognised as equivalent, grade for grade, to our GCSEs.
They are the first step in providing access to a range of careers or further study.
What subjects can you study?
Edexcel Certificates are subject-specific qualifications, currently available in 13 subjects ranging from History to Chinese, including the usual academic subjects like Maths, English and Science.
You can see what subjects are offered and what each course covers by reading the course specification.
How are Edexcel Certificates graded?
Edexcel Certificates are graded A* to G like our GCSEs. If you don’t get enough marks to pass with a G, you will be awarded a U, which means ‘unclassified’.
Mathematics is a tiered according to ability and so papers don’t target the full grade range:
- Higher tier: A*-D
- Foundation tier: C-G
How will I be assessed?
Edexcel Certificates are mainly assessed by exam, although English Language contains speaking and listening coursework. Exams are taken at the end of the course.
Does it matter what subjects I take?
Many courses at university or college will require you to study certain subjects. If you have a particular aim in mind you should check the requirements for that course and take the appropriate subjects.
What can I do once I've taken my Edexcel Certificates?
Getting Edexcel Certificates can provide you with a variety of options, for example, work, further study or an apprenticeship.
If you get five Edexcel Certificates at grades A* to C you can choose from a range of options for further study. For example, you could choose a level 3 qualification such as an AS/A level, Applied GCE, BTEC National, NVQ, a BTEC Apprenticeship or a mixture of these qualifications.
If you get fewer than five Edexcel Certificates at grades A* to C you would be likely to choose to study a level 1 or 2 qualification, such as BTEC First, NVQ, BTEC Apprenticeship, or a mixture of these.