On Monday 22nd February 2021, the Prime Minister announced that from 8th March, colleges are to reopen to all students and resume face to face teaching and learning. — Read more

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Government Update for Exams (COVID-19)

On 4th January the Government announced: “In the current circumstances, we do not think it is possible for all exams in the summer to go ahead as planned. We will accordingly be working with Ofqual to consult rapidly to put in place alternative arrangements that will allow students to progress fairly.”

On 15th January Ofqual published a consultation on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021. This can be found on the GOV.UK website. For Private Candidates, section 11 of the consultation document outlines the areas the Government is assessing and reviewing. You can respond to this consultation online and provide your views. The consultation period is open until the 29th January.

Pearson IGCSE’s

Pearson have confirmed IGCSE’s will run as planned, more information can be found on Pearson's website.

GCSE's and A-levels

This will be replaced with Teacher Assessed Grades. DFE stated “This year we are going to put our trust in teachers rather than algorithms”.

There will be training, guidance and support rolled out for teachers in the coming months to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently.

Ofqual message to students 7th January

You can find a message from Simon Lebus (Chief Regulator, on exams in 2021), in response to the Prime Minister's announcement of 4 January.

“please continue to engage as fully as you can in your education. That will be online for the majority of students, or face-to-face for those students still going in to their school, college or training provider. This will put you in the best position, whatever arrangements are made for your qualifications. It’s important that teachers and students can focus on the knowledge and skills needed to equip students to progress to the next stage, whatever form that might take – whether to college, an apprenticeship, university or employment”.

You can read the message in full on GOV.UK.

General information

Unfortunately we do not accept entries with the Awarding Body CIE.

We cannot accept candidates for controlled assessment, coursework units, oral and practical units. However, if you have previously taken any of the above, and the specification(s) allows you to carry these marks forward, we will accept entries on any remaining unit(s).

If you are looking at a specification that does include any of the above units you may wish to contact the relevant awarding body to seek an alternative specification.

Access Arrangements

Evidence of an assessment is required in order to request JCQ approval for exam access arrangements.

Previous evidence of an assessment at another centre cannot be accepted, unless the previous centre has an ‘established working relationship’ with Nottingham College. Please note Nottingham College do not currently have an established working relationship with any other centre.

If you would like to request an assessment, please request this in your initial enquiry. A member of our Learning Support Team will then contact you to discuss this further. A fee of £250.00 will be charged and must be paid in advance of the assessment.

For more information and guidance please see:

Series deadlines – we do not accept late entries

Examination series Entry opens Entry deadline
Examination series: January Exam Series (iGCSE only) Entry opens: Sunday 6th September 2020 Entry deadline: Friday 16th October 2020
Examination series: Summer Exam Series Entry opens: Wednesday 11th November 2020 Entry deadline: Friday 12th February 2021
Examination series: On demand entries Entry opens: Entry deadline: Six weeks’ notice


Examination type Fee
Examination type: A Levels Fee: £100 per A Level exam
Examination type: GCSEs/i-GCSEs Fee: £70 per exam
Examination type: Functional Skills Fee: £70 per exam
Examination type: AAT Fee: £100 per exam
Examination type: Other Fee: Enquiries dependant on specification

(e.g. 4 A Level exams will cost 4 x £100 = £400)

Please note all fees are non-refundable. These include the following fees – Awarding body registration fee(s); Invigilation fees; rooming costs and all administration and certification costs.

To make an enquiry please complete form below, once submitted we will endeavour to respond within 5 working days.

Exam service enquiry


Please enter in the format of DD/MM/YYYY


e.g AQA; OCR or Pearson


e.g. November; January; Summer for GCSE; i-GCSE or A Level. Please specify preferred month of exam for Functional Skills/On-Demand exams.


e.g. iGCSE Biology.


e.g. 4BI0 – i-GCSE Biology. If you are unsure of a Functional Skills/On-Demand qualification code please type a description.


e.g 4BI0 01 & 4BI0 02 – i-GCSE Biology Unit 1 & 2. If you are unsure of a Functional Skills/On-Demand unit code(s) please type a description.


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If you require further information on what the Awarding Bodies offer, please see links to the below awarding bodies’ private candidate web pages:

AQA Private Candidates Information

OCR Private Candidates Information

Pearson Private Candidates Information