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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.

Revised May 2017


Examination Centre Contact Details Exams Exam Boards

Ormskirk School
Wigan Road
Ormskirk, L39 2AT

Jane Covey (Examinations Officer)
Tel: 01695 583040
(Please note this centre may be able to offer a controlled assessment facility excluding science subjects).

AS Levels
A Levels

OCR, AQA, Edexcel and WJEC

Tower Learning Centre
316 Church Street
Blackpool, FY1 3QE

Kate Towers (Centre Director)
Tel: 01253 290949

GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A2 levels; Functional Skills in ICT, English and Maths up to Level 2.

ASDAN – Short Courses (35 to choose from)

Spanish Learning Centre
239 Church Street
Blackpool, FY1 3PB

Ruth Cunningham (Centre owner)
Tel: 01253 294822
(this centre may be able to offer a controlled assessment facility)

AS Level
A Levels
Functional Skills

AQA, WJEC (Edquas), Edexcel and Cambridge International
Accept candidates for summer series (May/June) and winter series (Oct/Nov/Jan)

Jay-Em Studios
27 Victoria Street
Chorley PR7 2TX

Miss Julia Salvage
Tel 01257 262703
(this centre may be able to offer a controlled assessment facility)


AQA, Edexcel and Cambridge

Please click here (PDF, 93 KB) for more detailed information regarding exam centres.

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

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


Tel: 01772 532 289