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.
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.
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 for further supporting information and links.
Start date: 1 September 2017
Review date: 31 August 2018
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: November 2018
Review date: November 2019
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.
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.
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.
This policy is for centres who are applying to use distance learning or assessment in our qualifications and outlines the minimum requirements needed to deliver our qualifications in this way.
The intent of this policy is to clearly outline our approach to setting fees related to End-Point Assessment (EPA), and covers fees for EPA First Attempts and re-sits/re-assessments in full or per required EPA component.
The subject of this policy is fee setting; this policy does not cover billing, invoicing, partial delivery, or withdrawals.
This policy is for employers, providers and apprentices.
It includes the definitions of malpractice within the context of end-point assessments and what action we will take where there is alleged or suspected malpractice and maladministration in EPA.
This policy is for employers, providers, and apprentices. It includes information about how to make an enquiry or appeal about results or assessment decisions in our end-point assessment service.
Start date: December 2018
Review date: December 2019
This policy is for mainly centres and learners who want to make an appeal against a decision relating to internal assessment for our vocational qualifications or End-Point Assessments for apprenticeships.
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.
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 2018
Review date: June 2019
This guide is designed to support centres and learners when they are recording and updating learner name and information on our systems. It also provides information for learners who hold Pearson certificates, and are no longer enrolled at a Pearson centre, but wish to apply for an amendment to a certificate.
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.
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.
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: October 2018
Review date: October 2019
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.
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 qualifications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This policy is about prior learning and recommends ways a learner can meet any requirements while avoiding repetition of learning and assessment.
This policy explains how anyone can raise safeguarding concerns with us and how we will manage those concerns.
We expect all of our centres to have a Safeguarding policy in place. This template can be adapted by centres to ensure it is suitable for individual needs.
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.
This guide is for centres that are seeking to apply a reasonable adjustment to a Pearson vocational internally assessed unit or qualification to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty which would place a learner at a disadvantage in an assessment. Where these reasonable adjustments have not been successful we have provided information about how to request for a special consideration to be applied to an assessment result.
Start date: February 2019
Review date: February 2020
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.
Start date: 1 September 2016
Review date: 31 August 2017
This policy is for publishers who are seeking endorsement for resources relating to our qualifications and who are interested in advertising or marketing those resources at Pearson events.
This policy describes the principles we will follow and apply in reviewing materials for endorsement and what opportunities there are for publishers who want to market or promote their materials at our events. To apply for endorsement you should contact email@example.com
Start date: February 2019
Review date: February 2020
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.
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.