Understanding our qualifications

Policies for centres, learners and employees

Here, you'll find Pearson regulatory policies and guidance for centres, learners and employees on our qualifications and any accompanying procedures. 

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Our regulatory policies are integral to our approach and explain how we meet internal and regulatory requirements. We review them annually to ensure that they remain fit for purpose. 

This policy which clarifies the requirements for approved centres which have more than one physical location. This policy applies to general academic and vocational qualifications.

Start date: August 2016

Review date: August 2017

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This document addresses the duty upon awarding bodies to make reasonable adjustments and avoid unfavourable treatment towards disabled candidates. Please visit [The Joint Council for Qualifications website link title for further supporting information and links.

Start date: 1 September 2017

Review date: 31 August 2018

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This guidance applies to all Pearson vocational qualifications. 
 
For further information on malpractice in GCSE, GCE, Project, Principal Learning and vocational qualifications, please refer to the JCQ document, 'Suspected Malpractice in Examinations and Assessments – Policies and Procedures'. Although the JCQ document covers vocational qualifications, this guidance document has been written to help Pearson centres who deliver vocational qualifications develop their own Malpractice Policy and Procedures, which is a requirement of approval.

Start date: February 2016

Review date: February 2017

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This policy provides information about collaborative and consortium arrangements with centres in the UK and internationally. It describes the models of arrangements that we can support you with and how you need to apply for them.

Start date: June 2017

Review date: June 2018

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Ofqual’s General Condition A4 requires all awarding organisations to have a Conflict of Interest Policy. This policy provides guidance to relevant individuals, including our centres, on how we deal with possible conflicts of interest that may arise as a result of Pearson Education Limited’s role as an awarding organisation.

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This is the SCQF Credit Accumulation and Transfer policy, which we are required to have by regulation. The policy is about our arrangements for credit accumulation and transfer of SCQF credit. It applies to all qualifications and units including those on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Start date: April 2017

Review date: April 2018

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This policy outlines the minimum requirements that Pearson expects must be met by centres when using Distance Learning and/or Distance Assessment wholly or mainly for the delivery of Pearson qualifications. It applies where centres are delivering programmes of education, learning or training that lead to partial or full completion of Pearson qualifications, through means of Distance Learning and/or Assessment as the entirety or majority of the programme for learners who do not physically attend classes or sessions at given locations and times.

Start date: April 2016

Review date: April 2017

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This policy provides guidance on Enquiries and Appeals about Pearson Vocational Qualifications and replaces the previous version dated May 2014. It applies to all Pearson and Edexcel vocational qualifications including BTEC qualifications, National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and Self-Regulated Framework qualifications.

Start date: December 2015

Review date: December 2016

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This policy provides information on how Pearson approaches qualification development, assessment and our related services in an inclusive way to ensure all learners have equal opportunity, and that our qualifications are awarded in a way that is fair to every learner. The policy reflects how we ensure our developments, assessment and support materials reflect a diversity of learners.

Start date: June 2017

Review date: June 2018

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There is an acknowledged risk when examiners who write question papers are involved in associated activities such as training and writing resources. Where these roles are carried out by the same person the security of exam papers can be compromised.

This policy has been put in place to increase public confidence in the integrity and security of our exam papers.

Start date: June 2017

Review date: June 2018

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This guide is about the fair and equal recruitment of learners onto all of our qualifications. Qualifications that are not in scope are those which are restricted for legal reasons, such as serving alcohol or using firearms.

Start date: June 2017

Review date: June 2018

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This policy applies to Pearson Edexcel National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and to competence qualifications accredited being delivered outside the territories of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Pearson Edexcel accredited Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are excluded from being delivered outside the territories of the United Kingdom and they are outside the scope of this policy.

Start date: June 2016

Review date: June 2017

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Pearson Education Limited (Pearson) has an international reputation as a successful awarding organisation operating in the highly regulated field of qualifications.
 
Because Pearson endorses resources that are appropriate to support teaching and learning in relation to its Edexcel and BTEC branded qualifications, it's essential that publishers have timely access to information about the new qualifications Pearson approves for development.

Start date: August 2016

Review date: August 2017

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This policy applies to organisations that have gained or are seeking to gain Pearson Assured status. Pearson Assured is an independent quality measure for third-party organisations that have education or training programmes they have designed, delivered, quality assured and/or assessed.

Start date: October 2016
Review date: October 2017

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This policy is about Pearson's approach to late registrations of learners onto our qualifications, our expectations of centres and how we support them to prevent making late registrations or late certification claims. It applies to all vocational qualifications.

Start Date: November 2016
Review Date: November 2017 

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The Pearson Training for Regulated Qualifications Events Policy sets out our commitment to protect the security and integrity of our qualifications. This policy has also been put in place to help our customers understand how we protect the security, integrity, and confidentiality of our regulated qualifications by ensuring effective governance is in place and regulations are met.

By 'qualifications training' we mean training that relates to a particular regulated qualification offered to teachers by an Awarding Organisation and/or any actual or virtual activity which provides teachers with guidance or information aimed at the ability to deliver a qualification, or improving either their knowledge or understanding of a qualification.

Start date: October 2016
Review date: June 2017

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This policy applies to all qualifications on Pearson's Self Regulated Framework, designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners and stakeholders. The policy provides the criteria for developing customised qualifications for this framework.

Start date: May 2017

Review date: May 2018

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These Terms and Conditions need to be signed by all Heads of Centres before a centre can become Pearson-recognised. They apply to centres both UK and Internationally across all of our qualifications. 

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​This policy concerns the removal of centre and/or programme approval.

It applies to all UK and International centres offering Pearson vocational and general qualifications. The decision to remove centre or programme approval will generally be taken by the Centre Management or Business Improvement and Regulation teams, and approved by the Responsible Officer in each case.

Start date: April 2017

Review date: April 2018

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This policy is about marketing opportunities for Third Party publishers of endorsed resources. This document replaces the previous policy 'Publisher attendance at Pearson events, 2015

Start date: October 2016

Review date: October 2017

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This policy is about prior learning and recommends ways a learner can meet any requirements while avoiding repetition of learning and assessment.

Start date: October 2015

Review date: October 2016

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Pearson delivers examinations that are taken by students in many countries around the world across many different time-zones. The content of our examinations must remain confidential before the exams are taken, to ensure they are a fair and accurate measure of each student’s knowledge and skills.

This policy sets out the approach Pearson takes when scheduling the start times of exams taken by centres outside of the UK.

Start date: September 2016

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This guidance applies to all Pearson vocational internally assessed units.

For information on access arrangements and special considerations relating to GCSE, GCE, Project and Principal Learning qualifications, plus all external assessments within vocational qualifications, see Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration for General and Vocational qualifications - JCQ Regulations and Guidance’.

Start date: January 2015

Review date: January 2016

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This policy is intended for heads of centres, examinations officers and others involved in managing the delivery of qualifications that are certificated by awarding bodies which are members of the Joint Council for Qualifications. It has been drawn up in accordance with Joint Council agreements dealing with malpractice and breaches of security.

Visit The Joint Council for Qualifications.

Start date: 1 September 2016

Review date: 31 August 2017

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This policy is about the endorsement of resources supporting Pearson qualifications and replaces the 2015 policy. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Agreed Code of Practice.

This policy applies to all publishers seeking to have their publications endorsed by Pearson.

Start date: October 2016

Review date: October 2017

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This policy provides guidance on the use of language in specifications, assessment and support materials where a learner wishes to undertake a qualification in a language other than English.

Revised: June 2017
Review: November 2017

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This policy provides guidance on the withholding of results and certificates from candidates or learners by Pearson centres. It applies to all centres approved to offer our qualifications, including the UK and international centres.

The policy has been updated to clarify that we will not withhold results or certificates, and do not permit centres to do so, on financial grounds.

Start date: July 2017

Review date: July 2018

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