Just like most schools around the world, a big part of achieving qualifications is sitting exams. So, while our pupils can learn online at home, they need to visit a Pearson-Edexcel exam centre for their iGCSEs or IALs.
We advise that you contact your nearest exam centre as soon as possible to begin the enrolment process. Not all of the centres can offer practical (for some sciences) or oral (for some languages) exams, so it’s worth checking with centres as soon as possible.
Don’t worry – it’s normally an extremely straightforward process, but we encourage you to leave plenty of time to get organised before the exams commence. This will also help avoid any late fees.
The British Council offer exams in over 90 countries across the globe, including iGCSE, and iAL (international A-Level) examinations. They work with Pearson and several other UK awarding bodies, to offer these exams internationally.
If you are looking to find an examination centre that offers UK School exams in your country, then follow the link below to the British Council website. Use the ‘Take an Exam‘, search tool, which allows you to select your country of residence, and find out further information on the exam centres offering Pearson examinations near you. From there you will find an outline of the steps to take when enrolling your child as a private candidate.
For further information, please make contact with your local British Council office by searching for your country of residence.
If you would like to discuss further how the British Council can assist with examinations, please enquire with our Asia Pacific Team here.
Designed to be engaging, internationally appropriate and delivering the same standard as GCSEs, iGCSEs provide pupils with the skills and knowledge they will need to successfully progress onto A Levels, university and into employment. iGCSEs are 100% externally assessed, linear qualifications with no coursework – which means all exams take place at the end of the course.
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For IALs, it’s important to look into where and how you want to sit exams, as fewerPearson Edexcel centres cater to IALs than iGCSEs.
Typically, pupils study three or four AS subjects in Year 12, before taking two or three of these subjects onto A Level in Year 13. The AS Level can be a standalone qualification, or it can then contribute toward the IAL qualification.
Group 3 IALs are only offered internationally and are marked based on the exams alone, just like iGCSEs. These are International A-Level Qualifications (IALs) and cannot be completed within the UK.
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