Pearson College London

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Pearson College London
New logo for Pearson College London from 1 January 2017
Type Private
Established 2012
Principal Roxanne Stockwell
Location ,
Affiliations University of Kent

Pearson College London is a British private academic degree provider based in London owned by Pearson plc. It was founded in 2012, and is the only FTSE 100 company in the UK to design and deliver degrees.[citation needed] The institution is officially separated into two subdivisions - Pearson Business School, which offers business-related degrees and degree apprenticeships, and Escape Studios, a visual effects academy Pearson plc acquired in 2013 which offers degrees and short courses in the creative arts ranging from VFX to Game Art and Animation.


The creation of Pearson College London was announced in July 2011.[1][2]

Pearson College London launched its first degree programme in September 2012.[3]

In August 2013 it was announced that Pearson College London would begin offering business degrees validated by Ashridge Business School, whilst continuing with its partnership with Royal Holloway.[4]

In October 2013 Pearson College London acquired Escape Studios, Europe's leading VFX academy. Escape Studios now also offers courses in VFX, Games and Animation at undergraduate, postgraduate and short course levels.


Students of Pearson College London primarily study at Pearson's offices in London at 190 High Holborn.


Entry requirements vary depending upon the chosen course and level of study (undergraduate, postgraduate or short courses). Applicants are also required to attend a workshop day including an interview and an aptitude test.[5]


Pearson College London offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and a range of short courses. The courses cover Accounting, Business, Enterprise, Law, Computer Animation, Video Games and Visual Effects. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time, depending on which course is chosen.

The degree programmes are validated by the University of Kent. All of the degrees are designed, developed and delivered with industry partners including Unilever, Direct Line Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment, WPP plc, Lotus F1, BT Group, Lloyd's of London, Savills and L'Oreal. Industry partners within VFX, Games and Animation include Framestore, The Mill, Moving Picture Company (MPC), BlueBolt, Electric Theatre, Milk and Jellyfish Pictures.[6]


  1. ^ "Royal Holloway to validate new Pearson degree". Times Higher Education. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  2. ^ "FT owners plan college for business degrees". The Guardian. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  3. ^ "FTSE 100 company becomes first to offer its own degrees". The Independent. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Pearson links up with Ashridge". Times Higher Education. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Pearson launches college with Royal Holloway degrees". Times Higher Education. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  6. ^ Pearson College

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