Welcome to the Home-Ed Exams Wiki, a site about qualifications for home-educated students.
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Completely new to exams? Start here
1. Choose the right starting page for your circumstances:
- Quick Start Guide If you have been home educating for a while
- Considering home education for qualifications If your child is still in school, or you've recently taken them out.
- Specific advice for starting home education in:
- EOTAS - If you don't really want to home-educate, but feel you have no other option, or you are considering deregistering a child who is too unwell to attend school
3. Find information about the subjects you are interested in (Subject page links are also at the bottom of this main page). The subject pages are very important and will give an overview of your options and available resources.
4. Grab a cup of tea and have a read! Our Jargon Buster will help with any terms you don't understand.
5. Join the Home education UK exams and alternatives Facebook group or one of the other online support groups listed on the support groups page.
If there is something you need to know which you can't find, please use the search function, and / or leave a comment on this page.
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General Exams Info for Home Educators
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) including, but not only: Where do I start? Can my child go to college to do GCSEs? How many should I do? etc.
Subjects - Find out about the syllabus options for subjects you are interested in.
Exam Changes - how does the change to new GCSEs graded 9-1 affect home educators?
Distance/Online Learning Course Providers - you don't need to use correspondence or online courses to do exams, but they can be useful.
Finding an exam centre - centres already in use by home educators, and how to find others, or approach potential centres and make your exam entries. (note: if you're looking for a non-UK centre that will offer IGCSE or international A level sittings, try here)
Special educational needs/ Access arrangements - If your child might need extra time or help to enable them to sit exams, start reading up on Access Arrangements at least a year before you plan to sit exams.
Past Papers - where do you find past exam papers?
College for home-educated children: part-time college at 14-16, through a special scheme funded direct from the government.
- IGCSEs - What are they? How do they compare to GCSEs?
- Functional Skills
- Open University
- Alternative Qualifications - Open University, Btecs, American SATs, and gaining recognition for other achievements, sports, volunteering, conservation work etc.
- (For short vocational courses for CV-building, see our University Summer courses page)
- Ancient History
- Biology (IGCSE/GCSE). (For A level see Science A-Levels)
- Business Studies
- Chemistry (IGCSE/GCSE). (For A level see Science A-Levels)
- Citizenship Studies
- Computer Science
- Design & Technology
- Development Studies
- Environmental Management
- Film Studies
- Food Tech/Cooking
- Global Citizenship
- Human Biology
- IT (and separate page on ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)
- Maths and Further / Additional Maths, plus a separate page on Maths Resources.
- Modern Foreign Languages :-
- PE and Sports
- Physics (IGCSE/GCSE). (For A level see Science A-Levels)
- Religious Studies
- Science - single, combined or triple? See also separate pages for single sciences:-
- Travel and Tourism
Finding an Exam Centre
Finding an exam centre centres already in use by home educators, and how to find others, or approach potential centres and make your exam entries. (note: if you're looking for a non-UK centre that will offer IGCSE or international A level sittings, try here)
Post-16 - what happens next?
16+ - What do home-ed teenagers do at 16+? At what age does home education officially finish? Do you still have Local Authority involvement? Can you claim Child benefit?
Personal experiences of home educators - exam results and case studies. University offers and routes to Further- and Higher- Education and employment from home-ed.
Adult Education - it's never too late to gain qualifications.
Apprenticeships - get a qualification while you work.
Higher Education - applying to uni from home education, or if you were home educated previously. How to fill in UCAS forms.
The Home Education Exams Support Network
Qualifications for UK home-educated students; subjects, syllabuses, resources, ideas. Home education is also known as Homeschooling or home schooling in some countries. This wiki is dedicated to UK qualifications and how home educators can access them.
This site has been put together by members of the HE-Exams email group and the Home Education UK Exams & Alternatives Facebook group which discuss the practicalities of gaining formal qualifications as a home-educated young person. Home educators share their experience and recommendations. Please do add your own suggestions to this wiki, either as a comment or by clicking the 'edit' button on any page.
If you are interested in contributing to discussions around policy decisions affecting home educators taking exams, please consider joining the Home Educators' Qualifications Association, HEQA.