5 November 2020

On 18 September, Pearson HEQ sent this communication about the expiry of temporary distance learning on 2 November 2020.

However, as new COVID restrictions have come into place from October, at both a local and national level, there is uncertainty whether centres can continue to fully deliver using only face-to-face or blended learning, and some centres may have no choice but to return to 100% distance learning.

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As such, Pearson will grant temporary distance learning approval for centres beyond 2 November, but with the condition that those centres must apply for full Distance Learning approval by 31 January 2021

Centres should email hnqa@pearson.com to notify that they wish to extend the  temporary distance learning approval and confirm their intention to apply for full Distance Learning Approval by 31 January 2021.

Centres can apply for this through the Distance Learning Self-Assessment (DLSA) process, which can be found in Appendix A of the Distance Learning Policy. Centres are advised to submit this through their appointed Pearson Representative. Centres are required to submit a DLSA for each programme they intend to deliver via distance learning. The approval process for Distance Learning may also require a ‘virtual’ briefer visit.

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Please note that centres that are granted temporary distance learning approval and do not submit their DLSA by 31 January 2021, will not be granted temporary distance learning approval for academic year 2020-21 again should there be any changes to restrictions in teaching, learning and assessment.

Pearson have introduced this process to ensure that centres are able to continue qualification delivery while following best practice of distance learning.

Where centres continue to have a combination of centre-based face-to-face teaching and online teaching, this is classified as blended learning and centres are not obliged to inform us or apply for DLSA. There is support available for blended learning on HN Global.

If you have any further questions, please email hnqa@pearson.com.

Best wishes,

Ishan Cader 
Head of Quality, Higher Education Qualifications

Please note that centres that are granted temporary distance learning approval and do not submit their DLSA by 31 January 2021, will not be granted temporary distance learning approval for academic year 2020-21 again should there be any changes to restrictions in teaching, learning and assessment.

Pearson have introduced this process to ensure that centres are able to continue qualification delivery while following best practice of distance learning.

Where centres continue to have a combination of centre-based face-to-face teaching and online teaching, this is classified as blended learning and centres are not obliged to inform us or apply for DLSA. There is support available for blended learning on the Pearson website.

If you have any further questions, please email hnqa@pearson.com.

Best wishes,

Ishan Cader  
Head of Quality, Higher Education Qualifications

Please note that centres that are granted temporary distance learning approval and do not submit their DLSA by 31 January 2021, will not be granted temporary distance learning approval for academic year 2020-21 again should there be any changes to restrictions in teaching, learning and assessment.

Pearson have introduced this process to ensure that centres are able to continue qualification delivery while following best practice of distance learning.

Where centres continue to have a combination of centre-based face-to-face teaching and online teaching, this is classified as blended learning and centres are not obliged to inform us or apply for DLSA. There is support available for blended learning on the Pearson website.

If you have any further questions, please email hnqa@pearson.com.

Best wishes,

Ishan Cader  
Head of Quality, Higher Education Qualifications

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