At the successful culmination of Key Stage 3, the students choose their field of interest in Key Stage 4, which will prepare them for International GCSE Examinations.
At Key Stage 4, the IGCSE qualification is studied for two consecutive years. The students are provided with the opportunity to select Science Stream, Business Stream or a mixture of both streams at their own accordance.
Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation is the Department of the government of UK that regulates Edexcel and other awarding bodies in England. OFQUAL ensures that qualifications are appropriate for purpose and that standards are maintained so that the public confidence is sustained.
Edexcel is one of the major awarding bodies in UK and is a part of Pearson PLC, which is known to be the world’s largest corporate body involved in education. Edexcel was formed in 1996 with the merger of two well established examining bodies – ULEAC (University of London Examinations and Assessment Council) and BTEC (Business & Technology Education Council). The two were leaders in the fields of academic and vocational qualifications.
A Royal Charter gave University of London limited authority to conduct examinations in 1836. The University started examinations at secondary level in 1905.
The amendments on the curriculum in 2017 enabled to launch a new suite of Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) qualification, which will be effective from September 2017. These updated qualifications contain a range of subjects which are embedded with transferable skills, sought after by universities and employers across the world.
English Language A, English Literature and Mathematics A and B are available for optional first teaching in September 2016 for schools outside the UK and all the other subjects will offer the new specification from September 2017.