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Qualification approval

If you're already an approved Pearson centre in the UK, find out how to gain approval to offer further academic, vocational or customised qualifications.

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Work-based learning

To get approval to offer our work-based qualifications, including BTEC and BTEC Apprenticeships, find out more:

Work-based learning qualification approvals

Are you an international centre?

If you're already a Pearson approved international centre, and you'd like to deliver additional qualifications, please contact your regional office.

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Select a scenario below to find out how to gain approval to offer our academic qualifications, including GCSE, A level and the Edexcel Certificate. 

Before you can apply for qualification approval, you'll need to get centre approval. Find out how to become a centre.

If you already offer one of our Edexcel qualifications (eg GCSEs) but want to offer another (eg A levels), you need to email us to confirm this in writing.

We'll be in touch to notify you of your new centre status.

There's no need for additional approval to do this. If, for example, you're approved to offer our Edexcel GCSEs, you can deliver all subjects within this qualification family.

Please refer to the centre guidance and subject specification for advice on ways of delivering the specification and on the resources needed. You'll find this information in the qualifications area of the website.

Our Edexcel International GCSEs were initially developed for the international market, and are renowned for being academically rigorous. They've since become popular among independent schools in the UK.

To provide more choice for UK state schools, accredited Level 1/Level 2 Certificate qualifications, renamed as the Edexcel Certificate for UK state schools, are now included in Section 96 of the DFE list of approved qualifications.

The Edexcel Certificates are based on our International GCSE from 2009 specifications. They count towards national league table points and are eligible for funding in UK state schools.

You won't need additional approval if you already deliver our other Edexcel qualifications.

Select a scenario below to find out how to gain approval to offer our BTEC and S/NVQ qualifications.

Before you can apply for qualification approval, you'll need to get centre approval. Find out how to become a centre.

Contact us, and we'll answer any questions you may have and guide you through the qualification approval process.

Meeting local needs

In certain circumstances, units in the specification might not allow your centre to meet a specific local need. For this reason, the rules of combination have been developed to allow you to make use of units from other accredited QCF BTEC specifications.

Before seeking approval to add unit credit for Meeting Local Needs (MLN) please read the Meeting Local Needs Guidance document below.

To apply to add unit credit for Meeting Local Needs (MLN), please use the approval facility on Edexcel Online. If your request has been declined or the facility is not available to you through Edexcel Online, please complete the Meeting Local Needs Approval form below and email it to your Account Specialist.

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Our Customised Qualifications Service (CQS) on Pearson’s Self-Regulated Framework (SRF) allows for qualifications to be specifically created and developed to meet the needs of a particular range of learners and stakeholders.

Here, we explain how to start working with us to develop customised qualifications.

Schools or FE colleges

If you're an approved school or FE college and you wish to deliver Pearson’s Self-Regulated Framework (customised) qualification, please contact your regional office for advice and guidance on the approval process.

Before contacting your regional office:

  • read the guidance and policy documents at the bottom of this page
  • read the Policy for Pearson’s Self Regulated Framework qualifications, which you can find on our Policies page.

Employers or work-based learning centres

If you're an approved employer or work-based learning centre, please contact your Business Development Manager for advice and guidance on the approval process.

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