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​Pearson is a UK awarding body. Its academic qualifications include Edexcel GCSE, Edexcel A level, Edexcel International GCSE and the Edexcel Certificate (International GCSE for UK state schools). Its vocational qualifications include Edexcel NVQ and BTEC from entry-level to higher national diplomas.

Summer 2020 - the awarding of qualifications in light of the cancellation of exams and assessments

For up-to-date information and guidance from Pearson, you can visit the website here.

Awarding centre assessment grades and candidate rank order for general qualifications

Pearson has provided further information and resources about centre assessed grades and rank order to be submitted by centres.

Awarding arrangements for vocational and technical qualifications

Pearson has produced support and guidance on the exceptional arrangements for awarding vocational and technical qualifications in Summer 2020, including centre assessment grades. 

The proposed approach for calculating results for BTEC awards

Pearson has produced a short guide on its calculated results approach for the BTEC qualifications. Separate short guidance has been produced on its approach for BTEC Level 3/4 foundation diploma in art and design (FAD), found here.

Pearson is proposing that centres provide the following:


  • Results for completed internally assessed units
  • Centre assessment grades for incomplete internally assessed units
  • A single ranking at qualification level.

Pearson will not ask for centre assessment grades for externally assessed units. Pearson plans to calculate results for external units, where learners have entries or test bookings, based on the available information and ranking. 

guide has been produced to specifically help centres/schools with centre assessment grades and rank order. Pearson's proposed timetable for submitting calculated results for BTECs can be found here. Pearson also has a useful FAQs section here.  

For assessment guidance on specific awards with competency-based qualifications and apprenticeships, such as health and social care and construction, click here.


  • You can access information about Pearson's GCSE qualifications here
  • You can access information about Pearson's A level qualifications here
  • You can access information about Pearson's vocational qualifications here.

NEA materials for summer 2021

Pearson has made the decision to publish their non-exam assessment materials for summer 2021 for design and technology to give teachers the maximum precreation time. OCR will be monitoring official guidance closely as they may have to issue further guidance at a later date, which may include changes to NEA requirements.

Feedback and complaints
For questions about qualifications, products and services, or to leave feedback and/or make a complaint, you can contact Pearson here

Policy Watch

Policy Watch is Pearson's regular policy update service, covering national and international developments in the world of education. You can sign-up to Policy Watch here.


First published 20 August 2018