Pearson Edexcel international school exams in May/June 2021  

Pearson Edexcel will not run their International GCSE and International AS/A Level exams in the May/June 2021 series. Instead, they will offer an alternative assessment approach. 

Pearson Edexcel will share details of the assessed approach on their website soon.   

Private candidates can choose to make an entry with British Council.

If you have already made your entry, you do not need to take further action at this stage and you do not need to withdraw.  

We will advise on next steps when Pearson has decided details of the alternative assessment approach and depending on whether British Council can assist with the awarding of grades. 

Alternatively, you can consider making an entry with a registered Pearson school.  

We will only request payment if we are able to assist with the awarding to grades. You won’t be charged if you withdraw your entry before the entry deadline.  

We will accept the Edexcel registration for May/June 2021 with standard fees till 26 April 2021.

UK school exams  

Students who were due to sit exams this summer will receive grades based on teacher assessment. Awarding bodies are supporting teachers with guidance and training to help make assessment decisions.  

This method has been agreed as a fair way to help young people progress to the next stage of their education.  

Our work with awarding bodies and you  

We work with three UK awarding bodies – Cambridge International and Pearson Edexcel – to offer school exams internationally. These are international GCSEs/iGCSEs, O Levels, AS Levels and A Levels.  

Although we administer exams in partnership with awarding bodies, we are not involved in their grading processes.   

We will continue to support schools and private candidates by working with each awarding body to understand how these changes may affect you.   

Should the situation in your country change and affect plans for exams, we will work with each awarding body on the next steps and provide regular updates.  

Your health is our priority, and we are closely monitoring the health and safety situation and government advice in your location.