The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and is currently working on a Withdrawal Agreement. The transition period for this ends on 31 December 2020. As we understand that some Pearson students may be worried about being eligible to apply to the UK, our Progression and Recognition Manager has brought together resources from the UK higher education sector to help you advise students and their parents about what Brexit means for them:
No change to the acceptance of Pearson qualifications at UK universities
- UK NARIC has endorsed our International GCSEs, International A levels and BTEC International Level 3 qualifications for degree progression and our BTEC Higher Nationals and BTEC Level National qualifications remain regulated by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator in England. UK NARIC explains that its role within recognition of qualifications and skills will remain unchanged, even with a ‘no deal’ departure from the European Union. This means that all of our qualifications will continue to be valued and accepted by UK universities for undergraduate admission following the UK’s departure from the EU.
- University and College Admission Service (UCAS) also collates the latest support arrangements for EU students applying to universities in each of the four UK governments. There are also no expected changes to the existing status of Pearson’s international qualifications on the UCAS application tool.
- Some UK universities have produced specific Brexit-related guidance for prospective students web pages, such as University of Sussex and UCL, which provide the most up to date advice for that institution. If students already know which universities they want to go, they can see what they are saying about the Brexit decision on their websites.
Fees and student support
- Read Universities UK International (UUKi)’s detailed FAQs for EU, EEA and Swiss students who are planning to study at a UK university in the upcoming and future academic years.
- The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published guidance about the tuition fee status of EU students and immigration arrangements for the three upcoming academic years, designed to provide students and their families with the best advice.
- The UK Government’s dedicated Brexit pages for the latest guidance for EU students
- Stay up-to-date with information from the British Council in relation to the Brexit decision
We hope you find these resources useful. If you have other questions relating to the progression of Pearson students after Brexit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.