What is Pearson?


About Pearson

Pearson, the world's leading learning company. We have a simple mission: to help people make more of their lives through learning.

Whether it's at home, in the classroom or in the workplace, learning is the key to improving our life chances. To this end, Pearson in the UK brings together leading names in education to provide a blend of content, curricula, assessment, training and technology to make learning more engaging and effective.

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.

They are the UK's largest awarding body and we are regulated by Ofqual (England), SQA Accreditation (Scotland), CCEA Accreditation (Northern Ireland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). We offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in names like Edexcel, BTEC, EDI and LCCI.

The academic qualifications include Edexcel GCSE, Edexcel A level, Edexcel International GCSE and the Edexcel Certificate (International GCSE for UK state schools).

The vocational qualifications include Edexcel NVQ and BTEC from entry level to Higher National Diplomas. BTECs are recognised in more than 70 countries worldwide, and in 2013/2014, 2.58 million learners registered for BTECs and other vocational qualifications, including 640,000 school registrations for BTEC Firsts and Nationals.

In 2014, They marked 4 million test scripts for the National Curriculum Tests at Key Stage 2 and marked more than 4.7 million academic scripts (Edexcel GCSE, Edexcel GCE A level and Edexcel Diploma).

By bringing together international assessment and education experts, Pearson is developing World Class Qualifications that empower learners to develop important skills to make progress in their lives through learning. Setting a new gold standard in education, with unrivalled support for teachers and students every step of the way, Pearson is committed to education and achieving long-term learner outcomes.

Qualifications history

The story of Pearson becoming the UK's largest awarding organisation didn’t begin with the formation of Edexcel in 1996. It goes back as far as 1836, when a Royal Charter gave the University of London its first powers to conduct exams and confer degrees on its students.

The governance

They work with experts and leaders in the education sector to make sure that we maintain high standards across all our qualifications. The Pearson Education Limited Board, our World Class Qualifications Expert Panel and the Qualifications and Standards Committee are a key part of our commitment to these standards.