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 A/AS Levels.

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 a very 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, AS Level and A Levelexaminations. 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 book a call with our Education Team.

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.

Registration Key Dates

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

iGCSE Specification codes

These are the subjects we offer at My Online Schooling, together with their ‘specifications’ – the codes for administrators to find the correct paper.

Subject: Subject
Specification: Specification
Subject: Biology
Specification: 4BI1
Subject: Chemistry
Specification: 4CH1
Subject: Computer Science
Specification: 4CP0
Subject: Double Award Science
Specification: 4SD0
Subject: English Language A
Specification: 4EA1
Subject: English Literature
Specification: 4ET1
Subject: French
Specification: 4FR1
Subject: Geography
Specification: 4GE1
Subject: History
Specification: 4HI1
Subject: Maths A
Specification: 4MA1
Subject: Physics
Specification: 4PH1
Subject: Psychology GCSE
Specification: 1PS0
Subject: Religious Studies
Specification: 4RS1
Subject: Spanish
Specification: 4SP1
Subject: Business Studies
Specification: 4BS1
Subject: Economics
Specification: 4EC1

Please note:

4EA1 = English Language A (option A – component 1 and 2)
4MA1 = Mathematics A (foundation or higher tier)

A/AS Levels
and International Advanced Levels (IALs)

For AS, A Levels and IALs, it’s important to look into where and how you want to sit exams, as Pearson Edexcel offers three categories of subjects and different centres deal with different categories – far fewer centres cater to Group 2 or 3 subjects than to Group 1 (or 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.

While AS Levels are standalone qualifications which do not count toward the A Level, the international equivalent (the IASL) can either be a discrete qualification or it can contribute toward the IAL qualifcation.

These subjects are offered both in the UK and internationally and are marked based on the exams alone, just like iGCSEs, and usually at the same centres. These are A-Level Qualifications.

  • Mathematics
  • Business
  • Economics A
  • Psychology

These subjects are offered in the UK only and involve additional assessment through UK exam centres earlier in the year, potentially at an extra cost – please contact exam centres and consider your ability to get to those centres before picking these subjects. These are A-Level Qualifications.

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Chemistry
  • Biology B
  • Physics

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

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

Registration Key Dates

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

AS/A Level specification codes

These are the subjects we offer at My Online Schooling, together with their ‘specifications’ – the codes for administrators to find the correct paper.

Subject: Subject
AS/A Level: AS/A Level
Subject: Biology B
AS/A Level: 8BI0/9BI0
Subject: Business
AS/A Level: 8BS0/9BS0
Subject: Chemistry
AS/A Level: 8CH0/9CH0
Subject: Economics A
AS/A Level: 8EC0/9EC0
Subject: English Language
AS/A Level: 8ENO/9ENO
Subject: English Literature
AS/A Level: 8ETO/9ETO
Subject: French
AS/A Level: 8FR0/9FR0
Subject: Geography
AS/A Level: 8GE0/9GE0
Subject: History
AS/A Level: 8HI0/9HI0
Subject: Mathematics
AS/A Level: 8MA0/9MAO
Subject: Psychology
AS/A Level: 8PS0/9PS0
Subject: Physics
AS/A Level: 8PH0/9HP0
Subject: Spanish
AS/A Level: 8SP0/9SP0

IAL specification codes

Subject: Subject
IAL: IAL
Subject: Biology
IAL: XBI11/YBI11
Subject: Chemistry
IAL: XCH11/YCH11
Subject: English Language
IAL: XEN01/YEN01
Subject: English Literature
IAL: XET01/YET01
Subject: French
IAL: XFR01/YFR01
Subject: Geography
IAL: XGE01/YEG01
Subject: History
IAL: XHI01/YHI01
Subject: IT
IAL: XIT11/YIT11
Subject: Mathematics
IAL: XMA01/YMA01
Subject: Psychology
IAL: XPS01/YPS01
Subject: Physics
IAL: XPH11/YPH11
Subject: Spanish
IAL: XSP01/YSP01