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Educating your child at home: exams

Exam centres, application process, costs and timescales
Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration
Contact details

The Ed Yourself website (external link) contains further information on examinations you may find useful.  

Exam centres, application process, costs and timescales

It can be very difficult for home educating parents to find examination centres, so this needs to be organised well in advance. Many families contact local schools, private tuition centres or colleges as a place to sit exams. Many parents choose to follow distance learning examination courses or you could employ a private tutor. It is advisable to research costs and available support before you begin.

Parents who choose to educate their children at home must be prepared to assume full financial responsibility, including bearing the cost of any public examinations.

As part of our work to support home educating families we have located some exam centres in Lancashire who are able to accept private candidates. If you are aware of any other centres in Lancashire that accept private candidates, or have any other information that may be helpful to home educating families we would like to hear from you so that we can include them on our website.

Applications for the summer exam series in May/June must be submitted by February but as application process, costs and timescales may be different for each centre we would suggest you contact each exam centre/board for more detailed information.

Revised May 2017

Jay-Em Studios

27 Victoria Street, Chorley PR7 2TX

Contact:
Miss Julia Salvage
Email: j-mstudio@btconnect.com
Tel 01257 262703

Exams: IGCSE, GCSE, A Level, Functional Skills (Please note there are some restrictions regarding practical exams eg Music, PE)

Exam boards: AQA, Pearson and Cambridge

To Apply: Contact studio by email and they will respond advising what information is required.

Opening date for exam applications: Applications open as soon as the previous exam series finishes (ie. applications for Summer would open in January)

Closing date for exam applications:
November exams - apply by mid September
January exams - apply by mid October
May/June exams - apply by mid February

Please contact the centre direct for exact dates

Note: This centre can accommodate approx 30 students per exam and will stop accepting entries once this quota has been reached.

Costs: Candidates pay exam fee and invigilating fee which will be confirmed by the studio upon application.

Please note: For applications made after the closing date the cost will increase considerably.

Ormskirk school

Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AT

Contact:

Jane Covey (Examinations Officer)
Tel: 01695 583040
Email: jec@ormskirk.lancs.sch.uk
Website: Ormskirk school

Exams: IGCSE, GCSE, AS Level, A Level

Exam boards: OCR, AQA, Pearson and WJEC

To Apply: All information is on the school website including an application form but before submitting an application it is best to telephone the school to confirm that places are available and obtain the current fees (which change annually and differ by exam board).Only accept private candidates for qualification assessed through written papers.

Opening date for exam applications: Applications are accepted from the start of the September term in the year prior to which the exam will be taken.

Closing date for exam applications: Closing date for applicants is mid February but once the allocated quota has been reached (usually by the end of the proceeding December) the school will no longer accept applications. Capacity for 15 GCSE and 10 A-Level candidates.

Costs: The school charge the entry fee charged by the exam board plus an administration fee which which is reviewed annually.

Please note: For applications made after the closing date the cost will increase considerably

Tower Learning Centre

Tower Learning Centre, 316 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3QE

Contact:

Kate Towers (Centre Director)
Tel: 01253 290949
Email:
kate@tower-learning.co.uk
Website: Tower Learning Centre

Exams: GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A levels; Functional Skills in ICT, English and Maths up to Level 2.

Exam boards: OCR, Cambridge, AQA, WJEC,ASDAN – Short Courses (35 to choose from)

To apply: Contact by phone, email or website giving details of the subject, exam board and date and you will be provided with a quote.

Opening date for exam applications: There is no specific opening date and applications can be submitted at any time - the sooner the better to ensure you secure a place.

Closing date for exam applications:
November exams - apply by mid September
January exams - apply by mid October
May/June exams - apply by mid February

Please contact the centre direct for exact dates.

Costs: Prices for GCSE's are dependant on the examination board and the number of papers for the subject.

Please note: For applications made after the closing date the cost will increase considerably.

Spanish Learning Centre

239 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PB

Contact: 

Ruth Cunningham (Centre owner)
Tel: 01253 294822
Email: ruth@spanishlearningcentre.com
Website: Spanish Learning Centre

Exams: IGCSE, GCSE, AS Level, A Level, Functional Skills (this centre may be able to offer a controlled assessment facility)

Exam boards: AQA, WJEC (Edquas), Pearson and Cambridge International, accept candidates for summer series (May/June) and winter series (Oct/Nov/Jan).

To Apply Contact by phone, email or website giving details of the subject, exam board and date and you will be provided with a quote.

Opening date for exam applications: There is no specific opening date and applications can be submitted at any time - the sooner the better to ensure you secure a place.

Closing date for exam applications:
November exams - apply by mid September
January exams - apply by mid October
May/June exams - apply by mid February

Please contact the centre direct for exact dates.

Costs: Prices for GCSE's are dependant on the examination board and the number of papers for the subject.

Please note: For applications made after the closing date the cost will increase considerably.

Ashton-Under-Lyne Sixth Form College

71 Whitechapel High Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 9RL

Contact:
Tel: 0161 330 2330
Email: exams@asfc.ac.uk
Website: Ashton-Under-Lyne Sixth Form College 

Ashton Sixth Form College only accept applications for written examinations in subjects studied at the college with the same examination board. i.e. No coursework units, ICT Practical exams or science practical/coursework units. Contact for information.

Macclesfield Tutorial College

20 Cumberland Street, Macclesfield

Contact:
Tel: 01625 501440
Email: office@macctc.co.uk
Website: Macclesfield Tutorial College 

Exams: GCSE - All subjects considered IGCSE and GCE (AS and A Level) The centre has the facilities for science practicals and also most language speaking examinations.

Exam boards: AQA, Pearson, OCR, WJEC and CIE examination boards

Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Chamber Road, Oldham, OL8 4BX

Contact:
Tel: 0161 624 4497
Email: examofficer@ohgs.co.uk
Website: Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Exams: GCSE and IGCSE in most subjects

Exam boards: AQA, Pearson, OCT, WJEC

Tutors and Exams Bolton

Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AS

Contact:
Tel: 02476 221008
Email: bolton@tutorsandexams.uk
Website: Tutors and Exams Bolton

Exams: GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, Admission Tests

Exam boards: AQA, Pearson, OCR, WJEC

Colleges

We have also collated information about colleges in Lancashire, their contact details and open days. Please contact us for more information. 

Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration

Access arrangements allow candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. These arrangements are pre-examination adjustments for candidates based on evidence of need and normal way of working. For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. 

Further information can be found on the Joint Council for Qualifications website. Some of the exam centres listed above may be able to facilitate access arrangements so please contact them to discuss individual requirements.

Additional information for private candidates wishing to take examinations may also be found on the relevant examination board website: 

If you would like any further help and advice regarding accessing exams please contact us.

Contact Details

Email: enquires.ehe@lancashire.gov.uk  

Tel: 01772 532 289