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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 18th March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that A Level & GCSE Exams in Summer 2020 will not be taking place. The government have said they will ensure those due to sit crucial exams will get the qualifications they need. More detail will be provided as soon as possible.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

5th May 2020

You may have seen media coverage of Ofqual’s advice and guidance to schools and colleges for assessing this year’s GCSE and A Level candidates in the context of the current pandemic. The consequence of this guidance is that there will be no Summer Examinations this year.

Ofqual are asking schools and colleges to provide centre assessment grades for their students. These grades should be a fair, objective and carefully considered judgement of the results schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams. They will need to take into account the full range of available evidence.

Unfortunately as a private candidate we do not have that range of information available to us to provide you with such a grade for in a verifiable, consistent and fair way. If you have a relationship with a previous centre who are able to include you in their Assessment grades, you can transfer your Entry, and we will refund all fees.

Once again, can I say how sorry we are that we will not be able to provide you with the opportunity to sit your exam this Summer but hope to have the opportunity to do so in the future. Exams to be held for the Autumn Series have not yet been published by Awarding Bodies & you will have the option to transfer your original entry to this series, or Summer 2021 if the specification isn’t offered. We will be in touch as soon as more details are available.

If you do not wish to be put forward for the next available session we will refund fees.

In response to the emails we have been receiving, we have put together these Frequently Asked Questions for External/private candidates related to the circumstances around COVID-19.

How do I request a refund?

Please email exams@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk to confirm this. We will then contact our finance Team to process, they will call you to take bank details and arrange the refund. This process should take 7 days.

Is there a deadline date for requesting refunds?

We are waiting for the details of the autumn re sit session to be announced by Awarding Bodies. At that stage you will be able to see if your subjects are available in autumn 2020 or summer 2021. You will need to make a decision one week prior to the Entry Deadline for the Autumn Exam series to either sit in autumn, sit in summer 2021 or to request a refund.

If I want to be transferred to another centre who are able to issue me with a centre assessment grade, what do I need to do?

You will need to contact the previous centre to ensure the teachers can provide you with such a grade for in a verifiable, consistent and fair way. The head of centre will need to be happy to rank you accurately alongside this year’s cohort of learners.

We will withdraw your Exam Entry, and process a full refund. The other centre will then need to process an Exam Entry on your behalf, and they will charge you accordingly.

Can Nottingham College accept work I have done with private tutors as evidence?

Ofqual ‘s guidance is that “Heads of Centre must have the same level of confidence in the grade and rank order position they submit for private candidates as they do for their other students.” Furthermore, “it is vital all grades are determined using a robust and consistent process so that everyone can have confidence in them.”

“The Head of Centre where a private candidate was registered to take their exams is confident they, or their staff, have seen sufficient evidence of the student’s work to form a judgement they can submit a centre assessment grade for the student, and include them in the centre’s rank order.”

Unless you are a current Nottingham College student, or are a previous student that is still being supported by Nottingham College staff we cannot include you on this basis.

Can Nottingham College accept work I have done at home/independently as evidence?

Please see above.

I have a ‘history’ with Nottingham College, can you still help me?

Unless you are a current Nottingham College student, or are a previous student that is still being supported by Nottingham College staff we cannot include you on the basis of the Oqual guidance. If you are being supported by Nottingham staff please provide us with the details of your tutor and we will get in touch to progress this.

If I have achieved previously with Nottingham College, can you use my past results to issue me with a centre assessment grade?

Please see above.

Will Nottingham College offer any mock exams or a Validation service?

Ofqual have asked organisations that represent universities and FE colleges to consider private candidates when making admissions decisions this summer. They have told Ofqual that they believe that institutions will consider a range of other evidence and information for these students to allow them to progress wherever possible.

You can use your existing confirmation of Exam Entries letter to provide your University or College evidence that you were entered for the Exams. We can provide a replacement confirmation if required.

What exams will be offered in the Autumn Series and when will this be?

We are waiting for Ofqual and Awarding Bodies to confirm this. We will contact you as soon as the information is available.

Can Nottingham College contact my private tutors directly?

No, GDPR regulations dictate that we speak to our learners only.

What is classed as a ‘relationship’ with Nottingham College?

You need to be a current Nottingham College student or are a previous student that is still being supported by Nottingham College staff.

Is Nottingham College offering any alternatives?

We are waiting for Ofqual and Awarding Bodies to confirm details of the Autumn Exam session. We will contact you as soon as the information is available. This is the only alternative and is dictated by Ofqual/ Awarding bodies.

Can Nottingham College offer any advice in regards to University places?

Ofqual have asked organisations that represent universities and FE colleges to consider private candidates when making admissions decisions this summer. They have told Ofqual that they believe that institutions will consider a range of other evidence and information for these students to allow them to progress wherever possible.

I paid to be assessed by Nottingham College Learning Support Team for Access Arrangements for exams in summer 2020, will I be refunded this?

If you are not sitting Exams in the autumn session, or in summer 2021 with us – we will refund the Access Arrangement Assessment fees.

Will Nottingham College be accepting late exam entries for summer 2020?

No. We will be taking entries for autumn 2020, and will confirm details as soon as they are announced by Ofqual and Awarding Bodies.

I have lost my confirmation letter with my exam codes on, can Nottingham College resend this to me?

Yes, please contact exams@notitnghamcollege.ac.uk.

How can I find an alternative centre who might be able to provide me a centre assessment grade?

Most centres would need you to have been enrolled with them in the past, so contact your previous centre. Ofqual have advised:

Private candidates interested in working with a new centre should contact their exam board for information on centres approved to do so.

AQA

0800 197 7162
eos@aqa.org.uk

OCR

01223 553998
general.qualifications@ocr.org.uk

Pearson

0345 6180440
https://support.pearson.com/uk…

WJEC Eduqas

029 2026 5000
info@wjec.co.uk

Nottingham College offer an exam only service to private and external candidates for both on-screen and paper based examinations. We offer a range of specifications with all major examination boards/awarding bodies.

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: Summer series Entry opens: 16th November 2019 Entry deadline: No longer accepting further entries
Examination series: On demand entries  Entry opens: Entry deadline: Six weeks’ notice

Please note: The deadline the summer examination series has now passed. We are no longer accepting further entries for this series.

 Fees

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.

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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