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Type Education
Examination board
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Region served
United Kingdom-
England, Wales and Northern Ireland;
Parent organization
Website Pearson Qualifications

Edexcel, formally known as Pearson Edexcel - London Examinations,[1] is an International British (UK) education and examination board. Edexcel, part of Pearson PLC, is a portmanteau term combining the words Education & Excellence. It regulates school examinations under the British Curriculum and offers qualifications for schools on the international and regional scale.


Edexcel was formed by the merger of two bodies, the BTEC (Business & Technology Education Council) and ULEAC (University of London Examinations and Assessment Council). The Edexcel Foundation (the charity which managed the board) formed a partnership with Pearson PLC. The board is now known colloquially as Edexcel and formally as Edexcel Pearson - London Examinations.

In the 2011-12 academic year, Edexcel marked and delivered more than 3.8 million test scripts for over half a million pupils in six weeks for the National Curriculum Tests at Key Stage 2.[citation needed] They also marked more than 5.7 million academic scripts (Edexcel GCSE, Edexcel GCE A level and Edexcel Diploma), with 90% marked onscreen.[citation needed] The vocational qualifications, such as BTECs, are recognised in more than 80 countries worldwide. In 2011-12,[citation needed] over 2 million learners registered for BTECs and other vocational qualifications, including 650,000 school students taking BTEC Firsts and Nationals.[citation needed]

Edexcel also offers IAL, known as International (Advanced) A-Levels. Offered only outside the UK for qualifications that meet the sixth form level such as year 11, 12 and year 13.[2] In addition Edexcel provides the Edexcel International Diploma (ID) which involves the study of 4 A-Levels (3 full A-Levels and 1 AS-Level in either General Studies or Global Development)[3][4]


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