Get organised

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 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.

International GCSE & A-Level

Results Data


We are proud to share our International GCSE & A-Level results data from our 2020/2021 academic session:

  • The grade 4-9 pass rate for International GCSEs: 88%
  • The grade 7-9 pass rate for International GCSEs: 48%
  • The pass rate for A-Levels: 100%
  • The grade A-B pass rate for A-Levels: 83%
Examinations with

Tutors & Exams

Tutors and Exams

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:

Exam centres explained

Our step-by-step guide

to enrolling for exams

1. Locate the nearest exam centre that offers the International GCSE 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 (Year 11/13) or Cambridge International (Year 12) 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 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.


The British Council Overseas
Available In over 90 Countries

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.

International GCSE & AS, A-Level

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

International GCSEs
International General Certificate of Secondary Education

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.

and International Advanced Levels (IALs)

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.