What is Edexcel?


About Edexcel

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.

What is Edexcel?

Edexcel is a qualification brand for academic and generation qualifications from Pearson.

Edexcel began as an awarding organisation following the merger of London Examinations and BTEC in 1996. After Pearson became our awarding organisation in April 2013, Edexcel became a qualification brand, now standing as one of Pearson’s leading brands.

  • What are Edexcel qualifications?
    Edexcel’s qualifications are world renowned and highly respected, giving learners the opportunity to succeed in life, learning and employment.
  • Why take an Edexcel qualification?

    Edexcel has helped thousands of people make progress in their lives, whether in the classroom or in the workplace.

    By combining world-class qualification standards with a forward thinking approach and international content, Edexcel qualifications are the ideal pathway to today’s top universities, offering learners access to tomorrow’s global opportunities.

    They also offer teachers the high-tech support they need to help students achieve their full potential and make the most of these opportunities.

More about Edexcel's qualifications:

Our qualifications, teaching and learning resources are all designed to get the best out of each and every learner.

  • Where can Edexcel take me?

    Our Edexcel qualifications can give you a variety of options, such as:

    • setting you on the right path into employment.
    • the opportunity to continue in education.
    • the opportunity to undertake an Apprenticeship.

    We know you have options after GCSE, including AS or A level, Applied A level, BTEC Nationals, NVQs or a BTEC Apprenticeship. And after A levels you might apply for university, BTEC Higher Nationals, BTEC Apprenticeships or take your first steps into employment.

    Whatever your plans, Edexcel’s academic and general qualifications can take you in the right direction.

  • How do I understand my results?

    Whether you're studying GCSEs or A levels, Principal Learning or BTEC First, training providers and educational institutions in the UK recognise the high standard of Edexcel's qualifications.

    To ensure that our qualifications are accurate, consistent and meet the required standard, learners of the same ability are awarded the same grade, regardless of when they completed their course.

  • What is ResultsPlus?

    ResultsPlus is a free online results analysis tool that gives teachers a breakdown of their students’ performance on Edexcel exams.