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Private Exam Entry Service

Government Update for Exams (COVID-19)

The Government have updated their guidnace on how GCSE, AS, and A level grades will be determined, the full details on this can be found in the consultation decisions document.

Ofqual have decided that private candidates should be assessed in a similar way to other students, by a recognised exam centre using a range of evidence. This evidence could include taking the exam board provided assessment materials in a suitable form. Centres will be asked to assess candidates based on what they have studied, and allowed to conduct assessment remotely.

Centres will be supported by guidance to determine the evidence on which grades for private candidates will be based, taking into account their different circumstances. The head of centre will need to complete the appropriate declaration to the exam board and the candidate should be aware of the assessment approach the centre will use.

Although Ofqual cannot require particular centres to accept students, we will make sure that exam boards provide sufficient guidance on an assessment approach and support materials, as described above, to those centres that wish to carry out this role.

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: Wednesday 31st March 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.

The information submitted through this form will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

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

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