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Exam Centres How to find an exam centre to take my exams It is best to try to register with an exam centre around six months before the exams are due. It is possible to enter much later, even up to a week before the exam, but exam board fees rise sharply for late entries, and you risk not being able to find a convenient exam centre.
Here is a list of exam centres used by home educators in the past. They may not all still offer exams to private candidates so do contact any that you are interested in to find out the most up to date information.
Also note that some only offer courses which are covered by their own students. It is also worth asking on the HE-Exams group in case anyone knows of another centre in your area which has not yet been added to these lists.
It is also worth asking local schools even if they are not listed as having taken private candidates before. Often people find that independent schools are more willing to accept private candidates. This list, plus others, can be found on the Home Educators Wiki page.
They just put in the exam code in their online entry system. It is possible that the school might not be aware of this but you can ask them to contact Edexcel, who will confirm it for them.
In that case, the private candidate can usually sit in the same room and share an invigilator. If the exam centre does not have anybody else taking an exam on that day then you would normally be asked to pay for an invigilator.
Exam centres are under no obligation to accept private candidates; it creates extra work for them and may involve some disruption to their schedule or difficulties for the school. List of Exam Centres In no particular order at the moment — work in progress Coventry: Close links have been forged with many home educating groups.
We are always trying to add more qualifications to our already extensive portfolio. Very good reputation amongst home educators, but charge a lot more for exams than the schools do. The exams officer is Gill Newnham, who is very supportive of home educators and is really helpful. Depending on which board you use the Board may be willing to mark it as long as a professional tutor has authenticated it.
Accept external candidates for some exams. Weymouth — Weymouth College offers all major exam boards, exam-only subjects, will do on-screen tests. Gloucester — Brockworth Enterprise School. The exam officer is Phil Vaughan. Faregos Home Education group has established its own exam centre in Fareham, Hampshire.
Also some GCE A levels no practicals. We always try to help! We accept private candidates for Edexcel A level modern language orals. We cannot accept private candidates for science practical exams.
Campbell Harris W6 — a private tutorial college and independent exam centre in W6. Written exams, any board. Also offers courses and practical assessment for A-level sciences. Has been used by many home-educating families over the years and is highly recommended.
No controlled assessment or practicals. A-levels including science practicals. David Game college W Written exams only Oak Heights, Hounslow TW3 — independent school offering written exams and science practicals.Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and .
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How to find an exam centre to take my exams. It is best to try to register with an exam centre around six months before the exams are due. It is possible to enter much later, even up to a week before the exam, but exam board fees rise sharply for late entries, and you risk not being able to find a convenient exam centre.
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