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 £165 per exam only 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. £100 per subject (exam fee plus invigilation of £20 per hour). Actual costs - 2016 Psychology (£96) Jan 17 Biology (£106). Two exams sat in May 2017 - Maths and Chemistry both with 25% extra time. Cost of each exam £40.30 and total invigilation cost £150.

Edexcel and WJEC. Waiting to hear if they can use AQA (as of May 2016 they are not using AQA as AQA require a fee of £900 to register and this cannot be recouped from the small number of students that use this center)

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 BETECs if it can be done.

Courses to lead up to exams are run for regular attenders and distance learners.

Accept form 8 for access arrangements which you will need to arrange yourself.

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.

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.

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.


Central Wales Edit

Interhigh - this was approved as an independent exam centre earlier this year, so this year's entrants will be the pioneers for the Home Education Community at this centre. IGCSE & A Level mostly EdExcel Board.

They have confirmed that they will offer CIE exams as well as Edexcel.

School Office, InterHigh Education Lewis Parry House  Elvicta Estate  Crickhowell  NP8 1DF

Tel.  44 (0)1873 813900 Fax. 44 (0)8709 127314  Email.

Newtown - Coleg Powys

Do IGCSEs at least. 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.
  • The Marches does not accept external candidates.
  • Moreton School, The Howells in Denbigh and Ellesmere College don't take external candidates.
  • Oswestry - Oswestry School - Doesn't accept external candidates as a rule.