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

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If you can reach North and East London then you will have more options - see our list of London exam centres.

Bedfordshire Edit

  • Harlington Upper School Goswell End Road Harlington LU5 6NX Updated October 2019. Taking external candidates for IGCSEs Edexcel only. Also GCSEs and A/AS levels with the following boards: EDEXCEL, AQA, OCR, WJEC/EDUQAS. Any specification resit where the coursework/NEA/practical mark can be carried forward (e.g. English spoken language endorsement) science practical endorsement both A level and GCSE, GCE English Language and Literature, History and Geography NEAs). £126 per subject IGCSE. £120 GCSE. More if late application. Access arrangements available. Exams Officer:
  • Sharnbrook Upper School Odell Road, Sharnbrook MK44 1JL I don't have any details but know from a fellow home ed parent that they were very positive with her first approach.

Buckinghamshire Edit

  • Aylesbury Grammar School Walton Road, Aylesbury HP21 7RP is accepting PCs at £120 per subject. [2018?]The hitch is that they need the application in by 15th December and they may not accept the application. It depends on what it is you are wanting your child to sit.
  • Maple Education Centre Maple House, 74 Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP178PL, Aylesbury. 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.
  • The Exam House - Buckinghamshire branch. 128 Chesham High Street. The high street 128, Chesham HP5 1EB 01494 911116 Quality GCSE and A level exam centre across AQA, Edexcel, Cambridge international and OCR Boards. Specialising in candidates who are not well served in schools and need specialist attention for exam sitting.

Cambridgeshire Edit

  • Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey PE26 1DG. "Abbey College does accept External Candidates if they are over 16 and the exam is not a controlled assessments/coursework or speaking unit. Please e-mail with your contact details, the Exam Board, and specification and unit codes. We will then send you a quote. "
  • Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies - CSS Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EN £175 per subject.
  • Hills Road Sixth Form College Cambridge CB2 8PE All boards. Efficient. - Not taking private candidates 1/10/20
  • IQ Plus Their exam info page is here 29 Alexandra Road, Peterborough, PE1 3DE. £205 per subject (01/10/20) Phone: 01733-551111
  • Park House School Wisbech Road,Thorney, Peterborough,PE6 0SA On the expensive side, but they take private candidates. (13/1/18)

Essex Edit

  • ACE Learning Clacton and Colchester. 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 [January 2015]. They will accept A-level candidates for written exams only - different fees apply.
  • St Thomas More School for Boys. Westcliff-On-Sea, SS0 0BW. Edexcel and AQA - possibly other boards too. Has information specifically for external candidates online. No speaking exams or lab assessments. See website for costs. E-mail: Access Arrangments possible, see here


AQA lists the following additional centres in Essex as accepting external candidates (unconfirmed):

Seevic College, Runnymede Chase, Kiln Road, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1TW. 01268 882 621

Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Roding Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6BQ 020 8559 9160

Honywood Community Science School, Westfield Drive, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1PZ 01376 561 231

Teaseldown School, The Sugar Loaves, 175 Swan Street, Sible Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3PX 01440 785 566


[New Rickstones Academy, Conrad Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 2SD 01376 515 756 No Sittings for external Candidates 2018]

[The Bromfords School in Wickford, SS12 - 2017: This school no longer accepts external candidates]

[Palmer's College in Grays, Essex 2017: The college now only accepts ex-pupils as external candidates]

Hertfordshire Edit

  • The Highfield School Letchworth Very helpful and accommodating exams officer Pauline Levett who can be contacted at They only accept Edexcel for Summer entries. They charge the cost of the exam, as charged by the exam board, plus a £15 admin fee per subject. Deadline for applications is 1st December (for the following Summer). Updated January 2018
  • The John Warner School Hoddesdon EN11 0QF - Takes some Home educated children for GCSE and IGCSE exams. Approx £80 per paper. Contact or phone Exams Department on 01992 462889.
  • Watford Girls' Grammar school Lady's Close, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0AE Accepts private candidates. Entries for summer exams need to be made by December 15th. Helpful page full of information for external candidates about deadlines, fees etc.
  • St George's School Harpeden. AQA, Edexcel, CIAE (may be others). GCSE/IGCSE/A-level. Very helpful exams officer. Also able to accommodate winter exam sittings and those falling in half term. (updated Oct 2019)

Norfolk Edit

  • East Norfolk Sixth Form College - Church Lane, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 7BQ. 01493 662234. They are AQA accredited for certain subjects.
  • Norwich Hellesdon High School 187 Middleton's Lane, Norwich, NR6 5SB. Very accommodating and have the nicest and most helpful exam officer. AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC (uncertain if they will be accepting private candidates for summer 2021 due to covid, suggest waiting until January to contact as a decision should be made by then)
  • Norwich School - 71A The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DD Telephone: 01603 728430 IGCSE: All subjects considered. January and May/June series. No coursework units, speaking exams or lab work. [Still accepting candidates, as of September 2020, but could be subject to change]
  • Thetford Grammar School Bridge Street, Thetford, IP24 3AF. Say they will accept private candidates; however they are not a Cambridge-registered school and so cannot take candidates for CIAE. Exams officer is Mr John Law (BEd); email address is
  • INTO University of East Anglia Norwich September 2020 "Accept external candidates for all Cambridge IGCSEs and GCSEs without NEAs"
  • Wymondham High Academy, Folly Rd, Wymondham, NR18 0QT. Examination Officer - Caroline Cracknell. Totally professional and accommodating. Excellent communication and help given. Highly recommend. GCSEs and iGCSEs.


Suffolk Edit

Contact: Tony Marshall, Examinations Officer Email: Telephone: 01787 314311

Tel 01284 701301.

Alde Valley School

Leiston Suffolk IP16 4BG

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