Which awarding organisation gives you the best chance of getting into university?

All of them! Universities recognise qualifications, not the awarding organisation.

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Universities do not admit students on the basis of their awarding organisation. Pearson Edexcel learners have an equal chance of progression to the global universities of their choice.

We work closely with universities in the development of our qualifications to ensure they are appropriate for undergraduate preparation. As part of our ongoing engagement with universities we secure confirmation that our International A levels and International GCSEs are treated comparably to GCE A level and GCSEs. 

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What universities say:

"The University accepts International A Levels as equivalent to GCE A Levels and accepts them on a grade for grade basis. In terms of different examining, we accept International A Levels from the main examining boards (Cambridge International Exams (CIE), Pearson Edexcel and Oxford International AQA Exams), and will not make a distinction between them in terms of offers or grades required." University of Manchester
"There is no formula for gaining admission to Harvard. Academic accomplishment in secondary school is important, but the Admissions Committee also considers many other criteria, such as community involvement, extracurricular activities, and work experience. Your grades and test scores help us to assess your academic promise, but they are by no means relied upon exclusively." Harvard University, US
"The admissions review process at selective colleges and universities takes into account criteria beyond grades and standardised test scores, and includes students’ extracurricular activities, teacher and counsellor recommendations, personal statements, essays and other factors." Boston University, US
"Cambridge Colleges welcome applications from those taking International A Levels (offered by Cambridge International, Oxford AQA or Pearson Edexcel) and these are recognised as equivalent to UK Board AS and A Levels." The University of Cambridge
"All UK boards are valued equally, both UK based and internationally." New York University, US

What students say:

"I would recommend Pearson Edexcel IALs as the information is very up-to-date. The course was rigorous and enabled me to think critically to stretch myself further." Joseph Kah Seng, studying Medicine, International Medical University, Malaysia
"I took Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs because they are as equally valued by schools, colleges and employers as Pearson Edexcel GCSEs." Cristina Bermúdez Álvarez, Spain