Introduction

Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs are versions of the UK Ofqual regulated GCSEs, with content and assessment designed specifically for international learners. Designed to be engaging, internationally appropriate and of equivalent standard to the GCSE, Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs provide students with the skills and knowledge they will need to successfully progress to A Levels, onto university and into employment.

The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE programme is designed to encourage high academic standards through two year courses in specific subjects, each leading to a final external examination usually at 16 years of age. A BMC student would normally choose 6 International GCSE exams.

About Pearson Edexcel

Pearson Edexcel is the brand name for academic and general qualifications from Pearson, including GCSEs and A levels, as well as some vocational qualifications, including NVQs and Functional Skills.

Designed to advance learners’ skills while developing knowledge, Edexcel’s qualifications help learners either progress to higher education or go directly into employment. They are grounded in the quality and traditions of the British education system made relevant for today’s UK and international learners.

In the UK, Edexcel qualifications are suitable for a wide range of learners aged from 14 to 19. International schools can also offer the Edexcel Primary and Lower Secondary Curricula, so learners range from 8 to 19 years old.

Admission Requirements

  • Recommended Age: 14 – 16 years old
  • English Proficiency: IELTS 4.5 or TOEFL 200 or equivalent (those whose medium of instruction at school is not English)
  • Qualification: Must have completed two years of lower Secondary education (Secondary 1 and Secondary 2) successfully with English as a medium of instruction.
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Progression

Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs are studied in over 80 countries worldwide and in independent schools in the UK. Available in 37 subjects, they are equivalent, grade for grade, to UK GCSEs and accepted by universities globally. Aimed at learners aged 14 to 16, they provide the skills and knowledge needed to progress to A Levels, International A Levels, onto university and into employment. Find out more about university progression with International GCSEs.

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Course Outline

A BMC student would normally choose 6 International GCSE exams which are as follows:

Compulsory Subjects

  1. English Language A or English as Second Language*
  2. Mathematics A
  3. Business
  4. Physics
  5. Global Citizenship

Choose from one of the following optional subjects:

(Minimum 5 students to start a class)

  1. Accounting
  2. Chemistry
  3. Further Pure Mathematics
  4. Information and Communication Technology
  5. Chinese
  6. Biology
  7. Science (Double Award)
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Subject synopsis

i. English Language A

 

The aims and objectives of this subject are to enable students to:

  • read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively. Spoken language will be reported as a separate grade on the student’s certificate.

ii. Mathematics A

 

The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics (Specification A) qualification enables students to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques
  • acquire a foundation of mathematical skills for further study in the subject or related areas
  • enjoy using and applying mathematical techniques and concepts, and become confident in using mathematics to solve problems
  • appreciate the importance of mathematics in society, employment and study.


 

iii. Business

 

The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Business qualification enables students to:

  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the study of business
  • develop an understanding of business concepts, business terminology, business objectives and the integrated nature of business activity
  • understand how the main types of business are organised, financed and operated
  • develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary business issues in a wide range of businesses from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global context
  • develop critical-thinking and enquiry skills to distinguish between facts and opinion, calculating, interpreting and evaluating business data, to help build arguments and make informed judgements
  • develop an understanding of the dynamics of business activity and the related considerations of ethics and sustainability for global businesses.

 iv. Physics

 

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • learn about unifying patterns and themes in physics and use them in new and changing situations
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of physical facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques
  • apply the principles and concepts of physics, including those related to the applications of physics, to different contexts
  • evaluate physical information, making judgements on the basis of this information
  • appreciate the practical nature of physics, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate data and experimental methods, drawing conclusions that are consistent with evidence from experimental activities and suggesting possible improvements and further investigations
  • recognise the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting scientific methods in physics
  • select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically using appropriate vocabulary, definitions and conventions
  • develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context
  • select and apply appropriate areas of mathematics relevant to physics as set out under each topic
  • prepare for more advanced courses in physics and for other courses that require knowledge of physics.

v. Global Citizenship

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to:

  • introduce key issues and changes affecting societies across the globe and develop students’ understanding of them
  • develop students’ understanding of how communities interact locally, nationally, regionally and globally in response to change
  • develop students’ skills of enquiry, analysis and evaluation of different perspectives in relation to global issues and change
  • enable students to participate in local community activities and understand the impact of these actions in terms of making a difference to their own community, to the communities of others or society.

 

  1. Accounting

 

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • understand the nature and purpose of accounting in business and organisations, and the principles on which accounting is based
  • understand the use of accounting as an aid to business decision making
  • understand the use of accounting as a means of assessing the financial position of an organisation
  • develop the ability to quantify, to judge relevance and to write clear and concise explanations.


vii.  Chemistry

 

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • learn about unifying patterns and themes in chemistry and use them in new and changing situations
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of chemical facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques
  • apply the principles and concepts of chemistry, including those related to the applications of chemistry, to different contexts
  • evaluate chemical information, making judgements on the basis of this information
  • appreciate the practical nature of chemistry, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate data and experimental methods, drawing conclusions that are consistent with evidence from experimental activities and suggesting possible improvements and further investigations
  • recognise the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting scientific methods in chemistry
  • select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically using appropriate vocabulary, definitions and conventions
  • develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context.
  • select and apply appropriate areas of mathematics relevant to chemistry as set out under each topic
  • prepare for more advanced courses in chemistry and for other courses that require knowledge of chemistry.

 

viii. Further Pure Mathematics

 

The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Further Pure Mathematics qualification enables students to:

  • study knowledge of mathematical techniques beyond International GCSE Mathematics content
  • provide a course of study for those whose mathematical competence may have developed early
  • develop an understanding of mathematical reasoning and processes, and the ability to relate different areas of mathematics
  • enable students to acquire knowledge and skills with confidence, satisfaction and enjoyment
  • develop mathematical skills for further study in the subject or related areas.

 

ix. Information and Communication Technology

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society
  • learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts by individuals and organisations
  • develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice
  • broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability
  • work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts
  • learn how to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and how to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. 

 

x. Chinese

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to develop:

  • understanding and use of written forms of the target language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes
  • understanding and use of the spoken forms of the target language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes
  • the ability to communicate effectively in the target language through writing, using a range of vocabulary and structures
  • the ability to communicate effectively in the target language through speaking, using a range of vocabulary and structures
  • knowledge and understanding of the target language grammar and its practical application
  • knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where the target language is spoken
  • positive attitudes towards modern foreign language learning
  • a suitable foundation for further study of the target language, or another language.

 

xi. Biology

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • learn about unifying patterns and themes in biology and use them in new and changing situations
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques
  • apply the principles and concepts of biology, including those related to the applications of biology, to different contexts
  • evaluate biological information, making judgements on the basis of this information
  • appreciate the practical nature of biology, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate data and experimental methods, drawing conclusions that are consistent with evidence from experimental activities and suggesting possible improvements and further investigations
  • recognise the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting scientific methods in biology
  • select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically using appropriate vocabulary, definitions and conventions
  • develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context
  • select and apply appropriate areas of mathematics relevant to biology as set out under each topic
  • prepare for more advanced courses in biology and for other courses that require knowledge of biology.
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Method of Delivery

Class lectures, tutorials, group and individual discussions, interactive lessons and/or laboratory work.

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Course Duration

Programme Duration: Full-Time:    2 years
Intakes: Annual (January)
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Award Criteria

On passing the International GCSE examination in a subject, students will be awarded Pearson Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education Certificate.

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Expected Release of Examination Results

January

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Assessment

i. Internal Assessment

  • Monthly tests
  • Mid year examination
  • Preliminary examination

ii. External Assessment

  • International GCSE examinations in November/December
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Specimen Certificate

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Fee Structures

  1. All fees are subject to the prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST) unless specified otherwise.
  2. Course Application Fee is NOT REFUNDABLE.
  3. Do not pay your school fees before you have signed the standard student contract.
  4. All fees quoted are in Singapore Dollar (S$).
  5. Fees are subject to periodic changes without prior notice.
  6. BMC accepts the following methods of payment:
    1. Cash
    2. Cashier’s order payable to BMC International College Pte Ltd
    3. Cheque payable to BMC International College Pte Ltd
    4. NETS
    5. Credit cards (VISA & Mastercard)

“ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO GST UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE”

Year 1 Fee Structure

Fees Breakdown (shows the full breakdown of total payable fees) Total Payable (S$)
Course Application Fee (with GST) $160.50
Tuition Fee $13,000.00
Administration Fee $240.00
Course Material Fee $400.00
Internal Assessment Fee $60.00
Student Activity Fee $600.00
MED fee $100.00
FPS Insurance $144.00
GST $1018.08
Total $15,562.08
Uniform 4 Pairs $100.00
Total Course Fees after GST $15,822.58

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Year 2 Fee Structure

Fees Breakdown (shows the full breakdown of total payable fees) Total Payable (S$)
Course Application Fee (with GST) $0.00
Tuition Fee $13,000.00
Administration Fee $150.00
Course Material Fee $400.00
Internal Assessment Fee $60.00
Student Activity Fee $600.00
MED fee $100.00
FPS Insurance $143.10
Exam Fee $720.00
Exam Administration $30.00
FPS for Exam Fee $7.20
GST $1012.22
Total Course Fees after GST $16,222.52

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