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Are you looking to study GCSE, IGCSE or A Level by Distance
Learning? To do this you would be classified as a "Private Candidate". This
means you will study using appropriate course materials for the exact awarding
body specification and then arrange your own exams at a registered exam centre.
The courses we offer are either AQA or Edexcel
specifications, and are designed to cover the full syllabus. Alongside tutor
support, you will have all of the required information and appropriate help and
guidance to complete your studies, although the booking of exams will be
entirely your responsibility.
Finding Exam Centres
As a registered student you will be able to speak to an
exams officer who can point you in the right direction for finding suitable exam
centres. We can guarantee that you will be able to sit exams at about 30
centres around the UK, although the awarding bodies also have a list of centres
who may be able to help you. In total, there are approximately 500-600 centres registered
with the awarding bodies where students may be able to arrange exams.
You can also try contacting your old school or local schools
in your area, or maybe you have a child attending a school where you can
enquire about sitting exams. You should be able to speak to an exams officer to
find out if they are registered with the awarding body and if they allow
Private tutorial colleges are often the most flexible exam
centres. They will usually take students for most exams, but they can also be
expensive. Independent schools, private schools, academies and faith
schools are often more helpful than overstretched state-maintained
schools and are more likely to welcome Private Candidates as a means
of contributing towards their budget. They are also more likely to be familiar
with IGCSE exams.
Acceptance at exam centres is solely at their own discretion
so make sure you are polite when calling and have as much information about the
specification and the relevant codes and exam dates. The exam entry
specification codes are contained within the introduction to each course. You
may be lucky and find a centre very close to where you live, but you should be
prepared to call and shop around as prices and availability can vary quite a
You can find a list
of centres from the Awarding Body websites:
Once you have found a school/college to take you for exams,
you need to register with them, which will most likely mean you attending in
As a general rule, students sitting exams in May/June should
have booked their exams by the end of January. Final deadlines are published on
the awarding body's website, although exam centres prefer to be
contacted much earlier than these final dates. If you have
any special requirements then we advise contacting exam centres much
earlier. You must tell your exam centre before they make a booking
for you and whether they can facilitate your request will be dependent on the
exam centre and their own policies alongside that of the awarding body.
Please Note: If you are
unable to sit your exam, it may be possible to gain a full or partial refund of
the exam fees, although this will be dependent on when you tell them. If you
decide not to sit your exam at the last minute then a refund wouldn't be
possible, but it is still required that you inform them of non-attendance so
you don't delay the exam for other students.
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