Edexcel, the acronym is derived from the words "Educational excellence". It is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally. It is also part of Pearson, the world's largest education business and the owner of the FT and Penguin.
In 2008, Edexcel delivered 8.2 million exam scripts in over 85 countries, with 4.3 million marked onscreen using the groundbreaking ePen technology. The general qualifications taken internationally include GCSEs, AS and A Levels, IGCSEs and O Levels.
The vocational qualifications include NVQ and BTEC from entry level to Higher National Diplomas. The entire vocational portfolio had over one million registrations across 45 countries.
Through initiatives such as onscreen marking and administration, Edexcel is leading the way in using technology to modernise educational assessment, support teachers and learners.
The Executive is offering the BTEC programmes of Edexcel.