Who we are

About AlphaPlus

AlphaPlus is an education service business that specialises in standards, assessment and certification. We help our clients design, develop, deploy and evaluate qualifications and their underpinning assessments. Our work spans the public and private sectors, schools, colleges, vocational and professional learning. Around half our work is overseas.

AlphaPlus helps organisations make their educational assessments better. Many organisations use assessments – academic examinations, portfolio assessments of skills, observational assessments in the workplace for professionals. In all cases, good assessments make sure that people get the outcome they deserve: the right people pass and fail; the grades awarded are fair; the results are honest, reliable and defensible, and reflect the attributes that stakeholders value.

AlphaPlus is trusted by governments, regulators, certification bodies and publishers to develop innovative education and assessment services that help improve life chances for learners. Our work is evidence-led, and focused on transformation – through technology, innovative curricula and approaches that work for all educators and the learners they serve. We are passionate about making “opportunities for all” a reality.

AlphaPlus in Numbers

Assessments Delivered
Countries Worked In

The AQA Group

AQA Global Assessment Services

AlphaPlus is part of the AQA Group – an educational charity.

AQA Education is the UK’s biggest exam board, setting and marking around half the GCSEs and A-levels taken in England each year.

AlphaPlus works with AQA and with the other organisations in the AQA Group to develop bespoke end-to-end assessment solutions for education ministries, exam boards, and education. To find out more about AQA and the other organisations in the AQA group (including Doublestruck, Grademaker and TQUK), please visit their website.

Our Management Board

Our Associates

AQA Associates

Almost every project we run involves contribution from both our full time staff and from our associates.

Our associates provide both project capacity and specialist expertise on a subcontract basis. We maintain a database of around 700 specialist educational associates, and we rely on them to undertake large parts of our work. We have formal processes for engaging, managing and evaluating associate team members, and they form a critical part of the AlphaPlus infrastructure.

Our Values in Action

Clients first

In AlphaPlus our UK and global clients are teachers, governments, professional bodies and ultimately, learners. Whatever our role, we go the extra mile to understand, manage and meet your needs. We never leave end users behind.

Open Partnerships

We recognise our own position and work with our customers, suppliers, associates, and colleagues collectively and on an equal, inclusive and open basis. We build reciprocal relationships to achieve the best outcomes for all involved.

Project Driven

We are project driven with a strong work ethic. We self-organise and manage projects to deliver against the plan by maintaining compliance and quality. We create and follow scalable methodologies.

Results Matter

We decide and deliver at pace to get things done. We make courageous decisions about what we will and won’t do. We know when to aim for excellence, when good is good enough and how to get things right for everyone involved.

Shaping Tomorrow

We look up, out and ahead. We use our technical, independent thinking and voice to influence. We use sound judgement, hold ourselves to account, question what we do and take considered risks to improve 
and innovate.

Learning Together

We build supportive, collaborative and diverse teams. We enjoy working and learning together in a changing and innovative environment. We delight in our shared purpose, create work life balance and celebrate success.

Our Commitments

Carbon Reduction Plan

AlphaPlus is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050. That’s why we’ve published our Carbon Reduction Plan (pdf) – to show our customers how we will be working to make AlphaPlus a more sustainable work place.

Living Wage

AlphaPlus is an accredited Living Wage employer. This means we pay all our direct staff the real living wage. Guaranteed interview scheme for disable applicants.

Armed Forces Covenant

AlphaPlus is a bronze award holder in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and has signed the Armed Forces Covenant. As part of this covenant we operate a guaranteed interview scheme to ex-military personnel and reservists who apply for roles in our company.

Mental Health

We understand the importance of employee mental health which is why we’ve made the commitment to train MHFAiders® from MHFA England and made The Mental Health at Work Commitment from Mind. Find out more about what this means here.

Our Awards, Affiliations & Memberships

e-Assessment Association Award for the best use of Formative Assessment

In 2020 AlphaPlus won the e-assessment award for the best formative assessment for our work with the Welsh government on national personalised adaptive assessments for all school children aged 7 to 1 in Wales. This award acknowledges “assessment product, which brings clearly identifiable benefits to formative assessment in a specific field(s)."

British Quality Foundation

AlphaPlus strives to achieve excellence in educational assessment which is why we’re a proud member of the British Quality Foundation which enables, recognises and celebrates excellence.

Partner to the Association for Project Management (APM)

The Association for Project Management (APM) is the only chartered membership organisation for the project profession in the world and has over 40,000 members. As a corporate partner, we show our commitment to maintaining quality and compliance in delivering projects. All our Project Managers follow a structured path to professional membership levels.

Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors

The CIEA was set up to improve standards in educational assessment which aligns with our aim of excellence in educational assessment. AlphaPlus staff are members of the CIEA.

BERA – British Educational Research Association

AlphaPlus understands the importance of education research and to show our commitment we have aligned our ethics policy with the guidelines from BERA and the British Psychological Society. Some of our staff are also members of BERA.

Member of The Association for Educational Assessment – Europe (AEA – Europe)

The Association for Educational Assessment – Europe takes a broad and inclusive approach to educational assessment, encompassing academic, professional and vocational perspectives of assessment processes and products. As a corporate member, we demonstrate our commitment to excellence in educational assessment.

Sponsor of the e-Assessment Association (eAA)

We are a proud sponsor of the e-Assessment Association (eAA) which is a not-for-profit membership organisation which aims to provide professional support and facilitate debate and discussion for people involved in this field of expertise; create and communicate the positive contributions that technology makes to all forms of assessment, and to develop statements of good practice for suppliers and consumers of e-Assessment technologies. As a sponsor, we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to e-assessment and our drive to develop excellence in educational assessment.

Great Place to Work Certified

We are proud to announce that we have gained the Great Place To Work Certification. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees.

Backed by 30 years of data the Great Place To Work Certification surveys over 10 million employees, over 10,000 companies supported in over 98 countries annually.

We consider Alphaplus to be assessment experts with a wide range of skills and therefore services on offer. We would seek their advice, support and analysis when we need an external expert viewpoint, or need specialist support with a particular project or challenge we are engaging with.

Alphaplus are able to quickly understand our challenges without needing to be provided with detailed explanations of what we do as an assessment body and what we might want to achieve. They understand assessment and AOs so are well placed to help.

- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales