Exam Centres in Wales

These exam centres have either taken external candidates in the past, or have indicated that they would consider it.

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South Wales Edit

Swansea Sixth form College

SSC accepts candidates for GCSEs, iGCSEs and A levels.

They accept languages with speaking exams including Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

They accept GCSE English which involves a speaking component.

They often accept assessments that require coursework.

The fees are from £165 per GCSE/IGCSE and £90 per paper for A levels.

They are very friendly and helpful. Tel: 01792 535000 or apply via the website.

Monmouth - Home Ed Partners

GCSEs, with controlled assessments, and IGCSEs. Cost of sitting an IGCSE is approx.  £115 per subject (exam fee plus invigilation of £20 per hour). Edexcel and WJEC only currently. 

Will consider Access Arrangements. Rosemary, who runs it, is very pro-HE and will look at all sorts of ideas to see if they can be accommodated. The plan is to add things like ECDL and BTECs if it can be done. Courses to lead up to exams are run for regular attenders and distance learners.Candidates can be entered as internal rather than external but would mean they would need to attend some study sessions and not be registered at another centre. This does, however, open up the chance of GCSEs which are not normally available to private candidates e.g. Food Tech and Child Development for full details.

Works with Monmouth Montessori School to take home ed pupils on a PT basis in order to facilitate particular subjects/exams. Age isn’t particularly relevant to them as they’ll facilitate when the student is ready rather than by age or school year

Pembrokeshire College – Haverfordwest

Private Candidates for GCSE , IGCSE and A-level exams including the new Science Practical Endorsement Workshops (5 days) including Access Arrangements + Examination Support

Exam fees of £60 per paper for IGCSEs, GCSEs, A-levels.

Cover all examination boards AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC, Cambridge International.

Online “self-paced study” courses for IGCSE and A-levels in most subjects with support of a dedicated course tutor, examination preparation and UCAS application support if required.

Online “Live School” courses for IGCSE and A-level available in most subjects including A-level Computer Science with support of a dedicated course tutor, examination preparation and UCAS application support if required.

Our experience has been of homework marked and returned within 3-4 hours for A-Level Physics and Maths.

Another VERY Pro-HE centre and good at helping with access arrangements. 

Contact: Matthew Norman – 01437 753 191

St Claire's, Porthcawl - various prices - one off annual admin fee of £50 & invigilator cost per hour & exam cost of approx £50.

3A Tutors Bristol may be the closest option for some in Wales. £150 per GCSE  - can be useful for MFL and computer science IGCSE.

Bridgend College -I think approx about £75 per GCSE - best to check with exam officer. AQA, IGCSE EDEXCEL, WJEC.

West Monmouth School - Pontypool

External candidates can sit WJEC, AQA and Edexcel.  They have previously used OCR and City and Guilds and still are able to offer exams through these boards.

The price of exams vary with different board and level of exam. They range from £7.60 up to £28.70.

Contact person is Sally Harrhy at 01495 762080.

St Julian's School, Newport very helpful. Daughter sat GCSE psychology plus IGCSEs in other subjects. Exam fees as outlined by the board ( we only used Edexcel) plus a modest one off invigilator fee. Very lovely new exams officer (Mr Newton) but he is quite hard to get hold of so I'd recommend emailing/ writing to ask for an appointment to see him and book the exams.

UPDATE 10.10.18 - I have emailed St Julian's and they have advised that they are no longer accepting private candidates.


Interhigh was approved as an independent exam centre in 2017, so is not fully road tested by group members yet, but initial reports reckon it to be helpful. Note this centre is moving from Crickenhowell to Abergavenny in the near future. It’ll be interesting to see how responsive they are to our needs. IGCSE and A Level ,mostly EdExcel Board but have said they'll be doing CAIE / CIE in future.

InterHigh Education Lewis Parry House  Elvicta Estate  Crickhowell  NP8 1DF

Tel.  44 (0)1873 813900  Email.

Mid Wales Edit

Newtown - Coleg Powys

Do IGCSEs at least. Some home educators have found them very accommodating.

North Wales Edit

  • Ruthin School, Ruthin. Take a small number of IGCSE candidates yearly and happy to accommodate various papers. Check A levels. Apply early.
  • Coleg Cambria, Wrexham, accept external students as long as exams are self contained and do not require a controlled assessment or coursework etc. Although I was only enquiring about the Wrexham college, I see no reason as to why they wouldn't offer it at their other colleges.
  • Conway - Conway Education Centre

Do at least IGCSE Eng Lang spec A

  • The Marches, Moreton School, The Howells in Denbigh, Oswestry School and Ellesmere College don't take external candidates.