Exams

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Sitting exams

Just like most schools around the world, a big part of achieving qualifications is sitting exams. So, while our pupils can learn online at home, they need to visit a Pearson-Edexcel exam centre for their iGCSEs or IALs.

We advise that you contact your nearest exam centre as soon as possible to begin the enrolment process. Not all of the centres can offer practical (for some sciences) or oral (for some languages) exams, so it’s worth checking with centres as soon as possible.

Don’t worry – it’s normally an extremely straightforward process, but we encourage you to leave plenty of time to get organised before the exams commence. This will also help avoid any late fees.

Exam centres explained

Our step-by-step guide

to enrolling for exams

1. Locate the nearest exam centre that offers the iGCSE or AS/A Levels, with practical/oral exams if needed.

You can also try contacting local schools or colleges to find out if they are registered with Pearson-Edexcel and allow private candidates to enrol.

2. Contact your chosen exam centre and check that they offer the subject at the level you require. (You’ll find contact details through step 1).

Different centres may have different prices, timetables and rules about exams. But any centre will offer advice on special needs or arrangements – including extra time, a reader, rest breaks or a separate room – though they may ask for a GP letter or other supporting document. If you do want to make any special arrangements, it’s best that you start as early as possible.

3. When you’re ready to register, there are a few key details you’ll need to have ready:

  • Your child’s full name, address, postcode and date of birth
  • A telephone number
  • Details of the subjects for which you want to register your child for (see codes below)
  • A Unique Candidate Identifier (UCI) number (if your child has previously taken Edexcel exams)
  • Your bank details

The centre will then give you all the information you need to make sure that you and your child are comfortable with exam arrangements, along with details on how and when you’ll get their results.

INTERNATIONAL EXAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH

The British Council Overseas
Available In over 90 Countries

The British Council offer exams in over 90 countries across the globe, including iGCSE, and iAL (international A-Level) examinations. They work with Pearson and several other UK awarding bodies, to offer these exams internationally.

If you are looking to find an examination centre that offers UK School exams in your country, then follow the link below to the British Council website. Use the ‘Take an Exam‘, search tool, which allows you to select your country of residence, and find out further information on the exam centres offering Pearson examinations near you. From there you will find an outline of the steps to take when enrolling your child as a private candidate.

For further information, please make contact with your local British Council office by searching for your country of residence.

If you would like to discuss further how the British Council can assist with examinations, please enquire with our Asia Pacific Team here.

iGCSEs: International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Designed to be engaging, internationally appropriate and delivering the same standard as GCSEs, iGCSEs provide pupils with the skills and knowledge they will need to successfully progress onto A Levels, university and into employment. iGCSEs are 100% externally assessed, linear qualifications with no coursework – which means all exams take place at the end of the course.

Enrolment Key Dates

Exam Sitting: Exam Sitting
Start Enrolment: Start Enrolment
Enrol by: Enrol by
High late fees can be charged from: High late fees can be charged from
Results: Results
Exam Sitting: May/June Exams
Start Enrolment: November
Enrol by: January
High late fees can be charged from: February
Results: August

International Advanced Levels (IALs)

For IALs, it’s important to look into where and how you want to sit exams, as fewerPearson Edexcel centres cater to IALs than iGCSEs.

Typically, pupils study three or four AS subjects in Year 12, before taking two or three of these subjects onto A Level in Year 13. The AS Level can be a standalone qualification, or it can then contribute toward the IAL qualification.

Group 3 IALs are only offered internationally and are marked based on the exams alone, just like iGCSEs. These are International A-Level Qualifications (IALs) and cannot be completed within the UK.

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • IT
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • French
  • Spanish

Enrolment Key Dates

Exam Sitting: Exam Sitting
Start Enrolment: Start Enrolment
Enrol by: Enrol by
High late fees can be charged from: High late fees can be charged from
Results: Results
Exam Sitting: May/June Exams
Start Enrolment: November
Enrol by: January
High late fees can be charged from: February
Results: August