Exam Centres in England
Tutors & Exams - Tutors and Exams in Coventry is a private exam centre for IGCSE, GCSE and A Levels. Close to Birmingham airport and in the centre of Coventry.
Bristol - 3A Tutors - Can accommodate all boards and all subjects including orals and practicals. Very good reputation amongst home educators, but charge a lot more for exams than the schools do. http://www.igcseexams.co.uk/ . 1A High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol, Avon BS16 5HA, Tel 0117 910 9931
Bristol - St Katherines
Near J19 of M5
Bath - Monkton Combe School . The exams officer is Gill Newnham, who is very supportive of home educators and is really helpful. Church Lane Monkton Combe, Bath, Avon BA2 7HG, Tel 01225 721 102, contact Gill on email@example.com
North Somerset - Sidcot School, Winscombe BS25 1PD -http://www.sidcot.org.uk/contact/ - Apparently no longer taking private candidates.
Taunton - Richard Huish College has previously accepted external candidates but is no longer (but maybe worth checking in case they change)
Taunton School International https://www.tauntoninternational.co.uk/ - CIE, Summer only.
The Small School, Hartland (North Devon)
The school is registered with AQA, EDEXCEL, OCR, Cambridge International and WJEC, and is able to offer examinations at GCSE, iGCSE, and both AS and A2 at GCE. Contact Paul Wilkinson (Exams Officer) by e mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01237 441 672
Exeter - The Maynard School. (Very organised but want details by Sept prior to summer sittings and payment by December)
AQA, OCR or Edexcel, except practicals.
Coursework: 'The staff in school are unable to mark any work from private candidates, so you will need a tutor to mark and authenticate the work. Depending on which board you use the Board may be willing to mark it as long as a professional tutor has authenticated it.' (email from Exams Officer July 2015)
Ilfracombe Academy, was Ilfracombe Arts College - Edexcel and CIE IGCSEs at cost. Contact Margaret Holman <email@example.com>
Ilfracombe School - Charge for the paper and £10 admin for the year.
South Molton - West Buckland School - Only charge for the paper (£36 per subject)
Taunton School International https://www.tauntoninternational.co.uk/ - CIE, Summer only.
Truro High School for Girls. Contact Jean Rice on JRice@trurohigh.co.uk
Wareham - Purbeck School
Edexcel GCSE and IGCSE but not CIE. Contact Mark Taylor - MTaylor@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk. Costs about £50 per exam, including invigilation.
Accept external candidates for some exams.
Weymouth - Weymouth College offers all major exam boards, exam-only subjects, will do on-screen tests. Admin fee of £80 for first subject, £50 for subsequent subjects.
Gloucester - Brockworth Enterprise School
The exam officer is Phil Vaughan. They do at least ICT IGCSE (including practical)
Mill Lane Gloucester GL3 4QF. 01452 863 372
Gloucester - Mill brook Academy - Do at least IGCSEs
Wokingham - The Emmbrook School. "Very welcoming. Exams Officer, Mrs Stephanie Guinn, confirmed that the school is happy to accept private candidates for any exams as long as they are 100% externally assessed, i.e.. no controlled assessments, coursework, orals, etc. Last summer my daughters ..were made to feel very welcome, even the head teacher welcomed us one morning as we were waiting. It was an excellent experience. The school had between 20 & 30 private candidates for that series."
Currently registered with CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and AQA.
Will accept candidates for Edexcel IGCSE French, German and Spanish,including orals. Offers most IGCSEs and GCSEs without controlled assessments although can offer OCR GCSE classical civilisation with controlled assessment. Also some GCE A levels ( no practicals). We are a "not for profit group" run by home educators for the benefit of all. We always try to help! Contact Diane Dyer on firstname.lastname@example.org
North Hampshire Home Ed group has a contact with a state school in Farnborough. ALL enquiries must go through Jakimparsons@gmail.com as the school will only accept candidates via this route.
Southampton - Wessex Tutors
Wessex Tutors is an examination centre for AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and IGCSE. IGCSE costs £150 PER SUBJECT
Wessex Tutors will accept private/external candidates for most of the following examinations:
AQA - GCSE and A level,
Edexcel - GCSE/IGCSE and A level
OCR - GCSE and A level.
We accept private candidates for Edexcel A level modern language orals. We cannot accept private candidates for science practical exams.
South East Edit
Campbell Harris W6 - a private tutorial college and independent exam centre in W6. Written exams, any board. Speaking and Listening assessments for IGCSE languages. 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. Current costs (2014) are £125 per IGCSE including exam board fee, and £225 for IGCSE languages including Speaking and Listening tests.
Ealing Independent College W5 - GCSE, IGCSE and A-level. Written exams and foreign language speaking tests from Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC. No controlled assessment or practicals. £135 per GCSE, £78 per A-level unit.
Duff Miller Private tutorial college in South Kensington SW7. GCSE and IGCSE written exams and language speaking assessments. £130 per GCSE, £160 per IGCSE, additional £80 for language orals. A-levels including science practicals.
Oak Heights, Hounslow TW3 - independent school offering written exams and science practicals.
The Learning Hub, Vale Farm - Wembley HA0 Tel <a href="tel:0208 908 123">0208 908 123</a> . Private tuition centre and exam centre for Edexcel, OCR and CIE. "My son is doing his IGCSEs there now and we are very happy with it and they are not as expensive as some of the private colleges in central and north london (£110 per exam) The room they use is a decent size and plenty of desk space. The Learning Hub is within the sports centre"
Pascal's College Beckenham, BR3 (South London)- all boards, IGCSEs and GCSEs including Controlled Assessments and language Speaking and Listening Tests, A-level science practicals, GCSE science practicals, and half-day science practical courses. Charges £75 per written paper (including exam board fees) and £150 per GCSE controlled assessment.
The After School Club, Catford, SE6 - Small tutorial centre. Will work with a tutor to do foreign language speaking assessments. May consider Controlled Assessments. Definitely an Edexcel centre but not sure about other boards. Several home educators have used this centre in 2015 with no complaints. Address: 115 Rushey Green Road, Catford, London, SE6 4AA United Kingdom Centre name: The After-School Club (Edexcel 10776) E-mail: Kaddo@theafter-school club.co.uk, Phone number is 020 3651 2032 Or 07825268833
Corelli College - Kidbrooke, SE3. State school, previously used by lots of home educators. NO LONGER ACCEPTING EXTERNAL CANDIDATES as of January 2015, but worth checking their website for updates in case this changes.
Nightingale Centre, Orpington, BR6 - May not now be accepting external candidates, but here are previous details in case you want to make a special plea: £75 per GCSE (whole exam) and £100 per IGCSE. Pupil Referral Service so may be able to assist with special needs and access arrangements. Very quiet and calm - small exam room. Welcome to come and look round the centre before registering (or after) so that it seems familiar.
Wimbledon - Southfields Academy - SW18 5JU - formerly Southfields Community College
London Brookes College Hendon NW4 - Private tuition and exam centre. Centre for all major boards: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC. "Although GCSE and A level subjects are the most usual choices, a range of qualifications, including IGCSE, STEP, CIE, TSA, ELAT, HAT, BMAT and PAT can also be sat for at London Brookes College." Will do science practicals and GCSE controlled assessments. £140 per subject for written exams.
London Exam Centre, Hendon NW4 Private exam centre. Appears to be a different organisation using various exam venues. No personal experience, but website promises support for private candidates and says: "We offer all GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A2 level examinations from all five examination boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and CIE. ..We offer practical exams for A-Level science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We have a fully equipped laboratory, where exams are conducted. "
Excel Education Centre - Stratford, E15. - Edexcel approved centre , private tutorial college, will take external candidates for Edexcel IGCSEs or GCSEs. NOTE: They will do the Speaking Assessment and Controlled Assessment for GCSE English. Offer IGCSE Spanish speaking assessments. Fees: £140 per qualification for written-only exams with 2 papers - GCSE maths, most 2-paper IGCSEs. £200 for 3-paper exams , £250 for GCSE English including Controlled Assessment. They don't have a website but are listed on the Edexcel approved centres list. Address: 15 Leytonstone Rd, Stratford, London E15 1SE. Call for more info - the woman I spoke to was very friendly and helpful - 0208 503 1133
This Excel centre doesn't do the English GCSE anymore as the teacher who marked it left. The Catford branch does it for about the same price as the Stratford branch used to do it (£250).
Scola Sutton - "SCOLA is happy to help external students take exams at our centre wherever possible. We can usually help students sit a GCSE or GCE exam providing there is not a controlled assessment, coursework or practical unit attached to the qualification. External Fees are charged per qualification, at £50.00 if under 19 and £80.00 if 19 and over. There will also be the cost of the qualification and invigilation costs. The College deadline for Summer 2015 exams is 30th January 2015. Please call the exams office on 0208 405 7010/1 for further information"
One home-educator wrote: "Rhona Is so helpful and very friendly. She made my daughter feel very relaxed."
Southborough School, Surbiton, Surrey. "Southborough High School welcomes private candidates for GCE and those GCSE exams which do not involve controlled assessments, science practical exams or speaking tests. We also offer IGCSE exams with the Pearson/Edexcel board which usually do not require coursework or controlled assessment. Where coursework is involved we expect private candidates to make their own arrangements to have their work authenticated. This is often easiest to do through a distance learning organisation (such as Oxford Open Learning or the National Extension College, both of which we have dealt with in the past). " Peter Stainton email@example.com
City of London Freemen's School, Ashtead Park, Surrey. Nicketa Williams firstname.lastname@example.org Our costings are: £60.00 per subject and an administration fee of £50.00.
Sir William Perkins's School, Chertsey, Surrey. (Louise) LIngles@swps.org.uk The IGCSEs are about £45-50 each, again I cannot be definite until the middle of November. We also add an administration charge of either £15 or £20 per exam taken. If the exam is identical to one we are doing in school, it is £15, if the exam or specification is different the cost is £20. Finally, if we require extra invigilation costs, ie we may not be running an exam that day or the exam may be longer than the exams we are running, then a cost of £10 an hour is made.
Cornerstone School, Epsom - £120 per exam (not sure if this is per paper or per qualification)
Brighton & Hove Steiner School - Some people have taken AQA Modular Maths GCSEs there as external candidates. Contact details:http://www.brightonsteinerschool.org.uk/contact.html
Lancing College - Shoreham- By- Sea. They cover all the examining bodies. Cost £125 per IGCSE subject , no controlled assessment / coursework. Deadline for registering for Summer 2015 is 1 February. Further details on link.
Newhaven, East Sussex, Tideway School <a href="tel:01273 517601">01273 517601</a>. Exams officer, Fran Mortimer is very helpful.
Crowborough - Beacon Community College - They are signed up with Edexcel and CIE but say that Edexcel is easier for them.
Horsham, West Sussex - Farlington Girls School - Only do Edexcel IGCSE Science in 2014. However worth getting in touch just in case
Steyning, West Sussex - Steyning Grammar School - Edexcel and AQA GCSEs or IGCSEs . No coursework/controlled assessment. Fees are approximately £40 per subject plus a £50 administration fee. Patricia Cobley - email@example.com
Hove - Varndean College - Can do Edexcel or AQA GCSE/IGCSE but are not registered for CIE, no coursework/controlled assessment/practical, etc. Cost is roughly £70 per exams plus one-off registration fee of £20. Note they also have some home-ed students on part-time courses. Alan Ball - firstname.lastname@example.org
(See also London for Bromley/ SE London centres)
- Gillingham - Mid Kent College. Currently ask for a suggested donation of £100 per IGCSE/GCSE.
- Maidstone - Mid Kent College. They charge £80 per IGCSE/GCSE.
- Tonbridge - Hayesbrook School
Do science, carrying out the controlled assessment exam at their centre too. Contact Barbara Dunn
- Sidcup - Bexley Adult Education College. Offer a range of GCSEs for HE students 14+
Also run classes to allow you to achieve the controlled assessment component of some subjects (£8/hour)
Edexcel, CIE , and AQA. They are also registered to take A level candidates. The fee for sitting the exams is £85 for all GCSE IGCSE levels and £125 for A levels. Please send all enquiries to: email@example.com
This centre (Prince of Wales) has advised HE parents that they are no longer taking external candidates.
Faversham - Queen Elizabeth Grammar School - IGCSEs (including ICT practical)
The Bromfords School in Wickford, SS12 - really helpful exams officer, will take candidates for all written exams, for AQA, Edexcel, OCR and CIE, for GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels - generally written papers only, although sometimes other things can be arranged. She can sometimes help with access arrangements, although this can be very time-consuming and difficult to arrange. Keeps costs as low as possible - usually the exam board fee plus £10 per paper invigilator fee, and a one-off admin charge of £20. Please contact Sharon Pomford on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01268 471201 ext 246 .
Palmer's College in Grays, Essex, RM17 5TD. - accepts external candidates at low cost, but ONLY for the following exams:
- Edexcel GCSE Maths 1MA0 (ie linear maths)
- Edexcel IGCSE English Specification B (4EB0)
- A- levels - written exams only, not sure which subjects.
They will not accept external candidates for any other IGCSEs, even if they're written exams only. This exam centre for external candidates is run as a community service at low cost. The charge is the exam board fee plus a one-off admin fee of £36 per exam series, so if you enter for maths and English, you only pay the one £36 admin fee plus £39 exam fee. Contact <a href="tel:01375 370121">01375 370121</a> and ask for the Exams Office, or email email@example.com . Confirmed January 2015.
Tutorial centre which also offers online tuition for home-ed people. They will accept external candidates for Edexcel written-only exams, GCSE and IGCSE, and, excitingly, they will do ICT practicals. Fees depend on the the exam and how long it takes, number of papers etc, but most GCSEs and IGCSEs are £90 - £130 per qualification as of January 2015. They will accept A-level candidates for written exams only - different fees apply.
- Oxford - Greene's Tutorial College
Expensive, but very good service. Currently £130 per exam plus £60 admin charge for the year.
- Headington Abacus College.
Discounts available for groups of 5 or more candidates sitting the same exam on the same day.
- Chipping Norton School
Has taken HE candidates in the past.
- Banbury - Chenderit School
Is considering dropping home educated candidates. Has not yet decided about 2016.
- Oxford International College
Takes private candidates.
- Although Oxfordshire is well served by centres, there has been an unfortunate level of turnover of centres. In order to avoid this happening, and for information about taking exams in Oxfordshire please join the Oxfordshire HE-Exams Facebook group.
Hertfordshire / BucksEdit
Very helpful and accommodating exams officer Pauline who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only accept exams for Edexcel examining board. Each IGCSE costs £39.20 and GCSE £31.20 (2015). Each GCE costs £15.50 (2013).
St Albans Tutors - AQA ,Edexcel ,OCR, WJEC. GCSE and IGCSE and A-level. Will do access arrangements including word processor. £160 per GCSE, £105 per A-level module. http://www.stalbanstutors.com/contact.php
Aylesbury Maple Education Centre- formerly Aylesbury Kip McGrath centre.
The venue is small and the kids felt comfortable; if you have a child who has school related issues they should be comfortable here. Will accommodate most boards and papers.
Local home-educators have been using this exam centre for many years. Some really like it and recommend it and others have had bad experiences, such as lack of information and even being entered for the wrong exam or given the wrong exam paper. As with any exam centre, you need to double-check all entry details, and ensure your child knows to ask for help if they think there is a mix-up on the day.
Steiner School Kings Langley http://rsskl.org/
Norwich Hellesdon High School are very accommodating and have the nicest and most helpful exam officer.
We found Attleborough Academy Norfolk very helpful. Fees a bit on the high side (it cost us £285 for our son to sit two GCSEs in summer 2015), but have heard of more expensive places! Current exams officer is Christine Watson- she is fairly new (started September 2015), but has been helpful in our enquiries already.
Contact details for Attleborough Academy are: Tel. 01953 452335 (main switchboard)- ask for extension 225; email: email@example.com; website www.aan.norfolk.sch.uk
All boards. Efficient. £125 per summer I/GCSE, £135 winter (lower numbers so invigilation costs higher).
- Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies - CSS £175 per subject.
- Abbey College, Ramsey
Accepts private candidates as long as they are at least 16 years old. Charges the exam board fee plus an admin fee (which in Summer 2014 was £50). Very efficient, organised and helpful.
- Ely - The Kings School
They say they will try to accommodate any requests, we've sat exams from CIE and OCR so far.
Warwickshire and West Midlands: Edit
http://www.tutorsandexams.uk/ - Tutors and Exams in Coventry is a private exam centre for IGCSE, GCSE and A Levels. Close to Birmingham airport and in the centre of Coventry.
Bishop's Castle - The Community College - Shropshire SY9 . CIE exam centre (may do other boards too). Contact Shona Glover, Examinations Officer on 01588 63825
One family's experience:
"We phoned the LA and, although they tried incredibly hard to refer us back to Edexcel, when it became clear that I was happy to stay on the phone all day insisting that Edexcel had referred us to the LA ,they gave a huge sigh and passed me onto Family Services, who were very sympathetic and passed me onto the Schools Effectiveness Unit, who were extremely sympathetic and phoned schools in the area, until they found an exam officer who would help. As it turns out, we cannot sit Edexcel exams at this school as they are not a registered centre – but we are sitting two AQA GCSEs there. Meantime, we discovered a local private school who are an IGCSE centre who are happy for us to sit the IGCSEs there. Both schools will be charging at cost – we have been given the ball park figure of no more than £60 per exam.
East Midlands: Edit
Leicester Montessori Grammar is a private school based in Leicester (LE1 7PA). They accept private candidates for the Edexcel, OCR, AQA boards. They also do the orals in French for IGCSE and A level , and the science practicals for A levels. Contact the exams officer Amanda Miles on 0116 255 4441.
Dronfield, Derbyshire - NorthStarWorldwide - CIE exam centre and online course provider, run by former home-educators. Highly recommended by home-educating families. Also able to undertake Access Arrangement assessments at very reasonable rates. At present CIE only but please check as intending to register with others.
Lincoln - The Priory Witham Academy - Tel: 01522 871 390 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Worksop College - Tel: 01909 537100 or Email: email@example.com
Mansfield - Queen Elizabeth's Academy
Derby College has a page of information for external candidates and an online contact form for you to ask about the exams you wish to take. Boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC - but apparently only subjects their own students take. Cost: £80 per subject for GCSEs and £80 for unit for A-levels. Written and online exams only.
Cumbria: 6/10/15 the local authority have a spreadsheet with a list of the state schools that accept external candidates; currently only Whitehaven Academy gave an unqualified yes to acceptance. The LA have been asked to contact independent schools and a new private exam centre may take external candidates. This is being actively followed up at present
Lancashire List - the County Council have helpfully put together a list of schools which accept external candidates.
Blackpool do the same - looks like they've just copied the Lancashire list, but check for updates!
Chorley - Jay-Em Dance Studios - can do AQA and Edexcel and are really friendly (and small!) contact through www.jayemstudio.com
Ormskirk School - special page for private candidates. Contact Jane Covey, Telephone 01695 583040, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fleetwood - Rossall School - "Mr Asher - 01253 774258 - there was very helpful. They do a non coursework English exam there. Also do O levels."
Blackpool - Arnold School - this has now turned into The Arnold KEQMS. Contact Dr Treharne
Oldham Hulme Grammar School written exams plus some A-level science assessments. Have been very helpful to home-ed families in the past. OCR, Edexcel, AQA for GCSE and Edexcel for IGCSE. Do not do CIE. Charges (as of January 2015) are £100 per GCSE / IGCSE. Contacts: Christine Whitworth (Examinations Officer), Jemma Mulhall (Exams Assistant) - Email address: email@example.com
Liverpool - Clarendon College Montessori School - AQA
Wirrall - Birkenhead 6th form college - "They offer lots of different exam boards (but not CIE IGCSEs), and recommended that we use Edexcel IGCSEs. Subjects include English, Maths, Chemistry , Biology and History. They charge around £50 per subject plus an administration fee of £50 per session. Contact Elaine Christian"
Macclesfield Tutorial College - dedicated site for external candidates. All boards including CIE and November exams. Allows private candidates to sit GCSE practical and science exams, and language Speaking Assessments.
Manchester - Flixton Girls School - Any board, any exam. £10/hour invigilation plus cost of papers. Contact Sue Massey.
Manchester - The Nexus Education Centre, formerly the Woodsend Centre. IGCSEs (edexcel) and they do AQA GCSEs and A levels as well though not sure about Cambridge. A medical Pupil Referral Unit. Very small unit so not too much like a school. Contact Judy Cuppello. The cost was about £80 per subject. This includes an invigilation fee and you could be in a room on your own. Exam fee plus £20 plus £12 invigilation per paper.
Manchester - Trinity High School - special info page for external candidates. Written exams only, AQA and Edexcel. GCSEs and some A-levels. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org "Will take external candidates but only for examinations that they sit, so we did AQA maths AS there (C1 C2 and MS1B) but they don't do A2. They do Edexcel GCSE maths. They only charged us £65 for all three AS maths exam units last year."
Beacon Hill, Aspatria email email@example.com Tel: 016973 20509
Will accept private candidates for exam-based subjects only, although an exception may be made if you are studying with a distance learning provider. Exam price: Cost to school + £10 per hour if no school exam is taking place at the same time + admin charge of £40 irrespective of the number of subjects being taken.
Penrith - Ullswater Community College. Website says: "Sorry, we do not offer an examinations service for external candidates. However, if you are 15 to 19 years old and live within 16 kilometres (10 miles) of the school, then we may be able to advise you on possible options. Please email your name, age, the location of your home, telephone number and potential examination needs (subjects and exam boards) to the Examinations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org "
North East Edit
York Learning - "We are an authorised centre for the following exam boards: OCR; Pearson (formally Edexcel) & AQA. We can offer a safe environment in which to take your exam. Please contact the exams office at email@example.com or telephone 01904 554277."
Doncaster: Sir Thomas Wharton Community College - in this article about accepting external candidates for NEC, they sound lovely: "Exams officer Jo Shalome says: ‘We work on a “never say no” basis when it comes to private candidates. We know that finding an exam centre isn’t easy, and we want to help people improve their qualifications in any way we can, whether they are full-time students at the school, families who are home-schooling their children or adults who want a second chance at learning. We would only turn a private candidate away if the request came just a few days before the exam date or if the subject the candidate was studying wasn’t one for which we could offer a controlled assessment.’" . Article says they accept external candidates for science practicals.
Doncaster Local Authority helpfully lists some exam centres for home-educated students.
Adwick: Outwood Academy
Halifax - Rastrick Independent College. - will do controlled assessments and science practicals, GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.
Skipton - Craven College - Online courses in Biology, French, German, Italian, Physics, Maths, English
Skipton -South Craven School. Holme Ln, Cross Hills, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 7RL, 01535 632861. Only charge basic entry fees. Will accommodate such things as use of word processor at no extra charge if extra invigilatrion not required.
Sheffield - Hillsborough College. Do at least Maths GCSE
Sheffield College - Offer online GCSE maths and English courses for HE students ages 14 and over, with exams there. Cost approx £300 . See https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/sheffield-college-online-maths-and-english-gcses-september-2015/
Leeds - Ralph Thoresby School East Yorkshire - Pocklington School. At least Edexcel and CIE