Everything you need to know about Edexcel

Q1. What is Edexcel?

Edexcel, a Pearson company, is one of the UK’s largest awarding bodies offering academic and

vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the

UK and internationally.

Edexcel was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC),

the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, and the University of London Examinations &

Assessment Council (ULEAC), one of the major exam boards for GCSEs and A levels.


Q2. What is the difference between Edexcel International Examinations and Cambridge

International Examinations?

Both Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel International Examinations are the most

renowned international boards offering different qualifications to students such as IGCSE, GCE O Level,

AS level and A Level. The specifications of syllabuses might differ but both of them are recognized by

colleges, universities and employers all around the world.


Q3. Are Edexcel International Examinations recognised by Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education?



Q4. What does AS, AL, GCSE, IGCSE stand for?

IGCSE stands for International General Certificate of Secondary Education, GCSE stands for General

Certificate of Secondary Education, AS stands for Advanced Subsidiary and AL stands for Advanced



Q5. When should I register? What is registration closing date?

Registration period for May/June usually begins in early January. For Edexcel IGCSE November exams,

registration usually begins in Mid July and For January session. Registration usually begins in early

September. Please check the British Council website to find out the exact registration period.


Q6. What is Edexcel GCE 2008 new specification? What is the difference between Old Syllabus

and new syllabus?

Edexcel GCE 2008 specification is a new syllabus scheme that will replace GCE 2000 (Legacy)

completely by June 2010. Most of the units’ contents, units’ codes as well as cash in codes have been

changed. To view new features in GCE 2008, please check www.edexcel.com.


Q7. Can I register for AS / A Level without taking IGCSE first?

Yes, you can.


Q8. How many units should I take to get AS or AL certificate?

For many subjects, such as the sciences, you need to take three units to be awarded an AS Level

Certificate and six units to be awarded an A Level Certificate. However, for some subjects in GCE 2008

such as Business, Economics and English you need to take two units to get an AS Level Certificate and

four units to get an A Level Certificate. To get an AS Level Certificate for Arabic and Accounting, you

need to take only one unit and for an A Level Certificate, you should take two units.


Q9. What is cash-in?

Cashing in is a request for getting an overall qualification grade or a certificate and is in the last stage of

creating a grade for a qualification that is made up of a series of units (see question 8 above). Cashing

in should have been done at the same time as the entries were made for you for particular units. If you

don’t enter the cash-in code for a particular subject you won’t have a grade for it. Cash in codes for AS

Level always begin with number 8 and cash in codes for A Level begin with number 9.

To enable Edexcel to calculate an overall grade, it is necessary to have the right number of units and

the cash-in code. For some subjects, such as mathematics, it is also necessary to have the right

combination of units.


Q10. When will I receive my results?

Session Online Results Hard Copies Certificates
IGCSE May/June 13 January 14 January 28 February
IGCSE November 26 August 27 August 31 October
GCSE May/June 26 August 27 August 31 October
GCE AS/A Level May/June 19 August 20 August 31 October
GCE AS/A Level January 17 March 18 March 31 May


Q11. What can I do if I am not happy with my results?

You can apply for Inquiry about Results (EAR) at the reception desk. The deadline for submitting EAR

is the 28th of August for May/June session and the 14th of April for January session. Where an EAR

leads to a change in grade, fees will be refunded.


Q12. What should I do if I require any further assistance or more information?

Please contact us by phone +201001443846. Or email at

info@igcse-egypt.com and we will be happy to help.