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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.

For up-to-date information on the impact of coronavirus on exams and assessments, click here

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

Mitigations for General Qualifications/BTEC qualifications 

Following the Department for Education's (DfE's) recent announcement outlining new measures to support students ahead of next summer's exams and assessments, Pearson has published its communications to schools about what this means for their General Qualifications and BTEC qualifications. 

The General Qualifications update outlines information about the summer 2021 exam timetable, changes to 2021 content and assessment, and provides holding information about the "additional exams" that may be sat by individuals who missed main exams due to illness or self-isolation. 

The BTEC qualifications update outlines adaptations that have been put in place to reduce assessments on optional units, and it also includes a helpful summary of the DfE's announced measures and how each will be applied to BTEC. Reduction to optional assessments will apply to most qualifications in the following suites:  

  • BTEC Nationals QCF and RQF
  • BTEC Firsts. 

There will be no optional unit reduced assessment for the following BTEC qualifications: 

  • BTEC Tech Awards 
  • BTEC Technicals  
  • BTEC Level 1 and below. 

Pearson has already confirmed the adaptations available for these qualifications, which you can find here

You can contact Pearson via its Support Portal if you have any questions, or view the Frequently Asked Questions section on its website.​

Arrangements for awarding qualifications in 2020/21

Pearson publishes provisional exam timetables for 2021

Pearson has now published its provisional exam timetables for GCSE, AS level, A level and BTEC. You can find these here.

Proposed adaptations for BTEC assessments 2021 

Pearson has published its proposed approach to adapting BTEC qualification, including those on performance tables, for 2021. You can find information on these here.

This approach has been submitted to Ofqual and the Department for Education for approval, and Pearson expects to start issuing final details on its adaptation approach for all its BTEC qualifications by 23 October 2020. 

Guide to the support teaching of BTECs in 2020/21 

Pearson has created sector guides to help with the teaching and learning of many of BTEC qualifications in 2020/21. These guides take into consideration public health guidance and teaching remotely this academic year. By 23 October 2020, these guides will be updated with the assessment adaptations for 2021. 

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 its website here.

Final exam timetable published for 2020 autumn exam series

Pearson has published the final exam timetable for the 2020 autumn series for GCSEs, AS, A levels, BTEC and IGCSEs. You can find these timetables 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.


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First published 24 August 2020