Our guide to UK education: Exam boards

At StudyWorld, you can meet the best of the world-leading UK education sector. Whether your needs are simple or complex, you’ll discover all the right contacts all under one roof.

Every part of our education sector will be represented at London’s QEII Centre in September, including universities, further education colleges, English language centres, boarding schools, exam boards, publishers, software suppliers and support services.

To help you meet the right people, we’ve created some short guides to our different sectors, explaining what they are, and what they can do for you.

Exam boards and awarding bodies
What are they? The UK’s quality education is recognised worldwide, and at the heart of that are rigorous qualifications and testing offered by a range of exam boards and awarding bodies.

What do they offer? This varies from internationally-recognised English qualifications for a variety of purposes to subject-specific awards such as the iGCSE and A Level.
Which providers am I likely to meet at StudyWorld? English UK, the organiser of StudyWorld, has four UK-based corporate members in this sector: Cambridge English Language Assessment, the Learning Resource Network, Password English Language Testing and Trinity College London.

Case History: Trinity College London

Trinity College London is a leading international exam board, conducting 500,000 assessments in over 60 countries each year. Trinity ESOL exams are for people who have learnt English as a foreign, second or additional language. They include exams for English at work, in English skills for life, graded examinations in speaking and listening, and in integrated skills testing reading, writing, speaking and listening. Trinity also offers exams for teachers of English, group awards for children learning English through music or drama, and tests for UK Visas and Immigration.

Henry Tolley, Head of Business Development, says the organisation is looking forward to meeting a wider range of clients at StudyWorld this year, as international governments, companies and other buyers rub shoulders with UK-based educators and providers. “It’s something different and with Brexit we have to look at how to engage and find a new way to do business.

“StudyWorld has always been a good event for us, allowing us direct contact with language centres and other educators and exploring ways in which we can meet their needs. Now there are going to be opportunities to talk to potential new partners from around the world and international English will be at the heart of many people’s needs.

“The new venue is going to make a big difference, perhaps making it easier for MPs to attend, and another element making it more attractive to international education buyers is that StudyWorld has been given government permission to use GREAT branding.”

Siobhan Baccas

Siobhán runs StudyWorld London, our world-famous annual student recruitment event.