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 International GCSEs or a Cambridge International exam centre for 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.
Please refer to our guidance and resources below to assist you in finding a suitable exam centre, and registering your child as a private candidate. Before enrolling at our school, we strongly advise you research the availability of exam centres near your location. Please be aware that if you do not see an option locally, you may have have to travel if there is not an exam centre situated in your location.
Tutors and Exams (www.tutorsandexams.co.uk) provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates. The company was established six years ago by husband and wife, Jenny & Chris Spraggett, both of whom have a wealth of experience working in the examination/education sector. In those intervening six years, Tutors and Exams has evolved into a much valued and respected examination venue.
Tutors and Exams currently have four examination centres located in; Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster and London. A fifth centre, based in St.Neots, Cambridgeshire, is scheduled to open in October 2020. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
In addition to their examination centres, they also have a dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham that delivers A Level/GCSE Science practicals all year round (consecutive four day course for each subject, or intensive two day course over weekend). They also have access to another science laboratory located in a London school, which is available to offer Science practicals outside of term time.
In 2019/20, Tutors and Exams delivered examination assessment to over 2,400 learners. They cater for 95% of all GCSE/GCE and International GCSE subjects offered by all UK Awarding Organisations, alongside Functional Skills. They also have a dedicated SEN specialist who can assist in organising access arrangements if required.
Tutors and Exams work in partnership with many large, respected distance learning providers, including My Online Schooling, as well as a growing number of UK universities to provide examination facilities for their distance learning programmes. Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing is also available too. They also accommodate private training organisations, delivering qualifications to sizeable cohorts throughout the UK.
For more information about Tutors and Exams and the services they offer for private and home-educated exam candidates, please visit their website below:
The British Council offer exams in over 90 countries across the globe, including International GCSE, 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.
Designed to be engaging, internationally appropriate and delivering the same standard as GCSEs, International GCSEs provide pupils with the skills and knowledge they will need to successfully progress onto A Levels, university and into employment. International GCSEs are 100% externally assessed, linear qualifications with no coursework – which means all exams take place at the end of the course.
Cambridge International A-levels are internationally recognised qualifications. International A-Levels (IALs) can be sat in the UK or abroad. IALs are a two year course with the examination sat at the end of Year 13, while IASLs are a standalone qualification sat at the end of Year 12.
Our A-level Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses use the Pearson Edexcel A-level curriculum. These courses involve a practical laboratory assessment that is usually sat in November of Year 13.
Typically, pupils study three or four IAS subjects in Year 12, before taking two or three of these subjects onto IAL in Year 13.