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About Pearson

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

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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.

We 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 and BTEC.

Our academic qualifications include Edexcel GCSEEdexcel A levelInternational GCSEs and Edexcel Cetificates.

Our 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, we 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.

Find out more about Pearson in the UK and around the world.

Our 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.

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Our governance

We 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.  

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