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The exam centres listed here have either accepted external candidates recently, or have indicated that they may do so.

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North West


Malbank School - accepted HE candidates in 2018


Cumbria Local Authority list of exam centres - the LA have provided a list of centres which has been updated for 2018. Includes Cockermouth school, Furness Academy, Samuel Kings School, Settlebeck High School, Solway Community College, Whitehaven Academy, William Howard School.

Beacon Hill, Aspatria CA7 Will accept private candidates for exam-based subjects only, although an exception may be made if you are studying with a distance learning provider. Exam price: Cost to school + £10 per hour if no school exam is taking place at the same time + admin charge of £40 irrespective of the number of subjects being taken. email Tel: 016973 20509

[Eden College in Carlisle is no longer accepting external candidates]


Lancashire List - the County Council have helpfully put together a list of schools which accept external candidates.

Richard Rose at Carlisle are not on the LA list but have been very helpful for summer 2016 exams.

Bolton - Tutors & Exams (also in Coventry, Wimbledon and Doncaster). Dedicated exam centre for external candidates with lots of experience supporting home-educated students. Languages, ICT, Computer Science and more. In addition to our examination centres we have dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham with the ability to deliver A Level Science practical’s all year round and access to another science laboratory located in a London school available to offer Science practical’s outside term time. Access Arrangements (SEN) friendly. A great venue with lots of space for large and small exams. There are coffee shops and cafes locally and a room for parents and chaperones to stay close by. There is a public car park at the rear of the building (exam day entrance) and just a 5 minute walk from the public transport links. Telephone 024 76221008. Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AS.

Chorley - Jay-Em Dance Studios - can do AQA and Edexcel and are really friendly (and small!) contact through

Ormskirk School - special page for private candidates. Contact Jane Covey, Telephone 01695 583040, email


Blackpool Local Authority list of exam centres- looks like they've just copied the Lancashire list, but check for updates!

Blackpool - Spanish Learning Centre offer a wide variety of boards, and can accommodate foreign language orals.

Blackpool - Arnold School - this has now turned into The Arnold KEQMS. Contact Dr Treharne

Blackpool - Tower Learning Centre Private tutorial college, offers AQA, OCR, WJEC and CIE exam boards plus Functional Skills testing.

Oldham Hulme Grammar School written exams plus some A-level science assessments. Language oral exam fees are listed on their fee information page so presumably language exams are catered for also. Have been very helpful to home-ed families in the past. OCR, Edexcel, AQA for GCSE and Edexcel for IGCSE.  Do not do CIE. Charges (as of January 2017) are £120 per GCSE / IGCSE. Contacts: Christine Whitworth (Examinations Officer), Jemma Mulhall (Exams Assistant) - Email address:



Clarendon College Montessori School - AQA

Wirral - Birkenhead 6th form college - "They offer lots of different exam boards (but not CIE), and recommended that we use Edexcel IGCSEs. Subjects include English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology and History.." The College can only accept external candidates that wish to take written exam. They cannot accommodate science practical’s or any subjects that have a coursework element. However if you are resitting and you have a coursework element/practical endorsement that can be carried forward they can accommodate this. They cannot accommodate Languages which have an oral element. Contact the college to enquire about prices.

BioGrad Ltd - - Offers all A Level Science Practical's. A dedicated centre with experts assessing all A Level Practical's. An excellent centre located in the centre of the city, extremely easy to access. BioGrad work with local 5 star hotels for accommodation which starts at £30 per night which is excellent value. BioGrad has real working industrial labs so this gives all students the opportunity to not only complete their practical's but also get the experience of being in an industrial lab. Email


Macclesfield Tutorial College - dedicated site for external candidates. All boards including CIE and November exams. Allows private candidates to sit A-level and GCSE practical and science exams, and language Speaking Assessments. "We are an approved centre for the AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and CIE examination boards. We accommodate all the standard subjects, and will try to accept entries for the less popular subjects too – just ask. At the examination centre, you are able to take GCSE, IGCSE and GCE (AS and A Level) examinations. The centre has the facilities for science practicals and also most language speaking examinations."


Manchester - Nexus Education Centre, [Allegedly now closed - to be confirmed] Formerly the Woodsend Centre. IGCSEs (edexcel) and they do AQA GCSEs and A levels as well though not sure about Cambridge. A medical Pupil Referral Unit. Very small unit so not too much like a school. Contact Judy Cuppello. The cost was about £80 per subject. This includes an invigilation fee and you could be in a room on your own. Exam fee plus £20 plus £12 invigilation per paper.

Manchester Hospital School based at the Leo Kelly Centre, 77 Dickenson Road, Manchester, M14 5AZ. Only do summer series, Edexcel not CIE exams and no language orals but very friendly and helpful. Deadline for summer exams is around December 15th when they close for Christmas. Email contact phone 0161 2252199 (They have increased their fees recently, they now charge a flat £200 per subject. Still very friendly and helpful but sadly not the fantastic bargain they were before.)

Wilmslow High - take some home ed students.

[Cheadle College - As of August 2020 have stated that they won't be accepting private candidates for at least two years.].

Penrith - Ullswater Community College. Website says: "Sorry, we do not offer an examinations service for external candidates. However, if you are 15 to 19 years old and live within 16 kilometres (10 miles) of the school, then we may be able to advise you on possible options. Please email your name, age, the location of your home, telephone number and potential examination needs (subjects and exam boards) to the Examinations Manager at "

Workington, Cumbria - KT Tuition Accredited with Edexcel, AQA and OCR for GCSE, A-Level and Functional Skills exams. Offers fast-track courses (from February of the exam year), distance-learning courses, or exam-only options. Prices: £50 for Functional Skills exams, £89.99 for GCSEs and £99.99 for A-levels. Prices per qualification, ie that is total cost regardless of number of papers.

North East

Bradford & Leeds

Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge, between Leeds and Bradford, offer a good range of boards, reasonably priced and really helpful. We used this centre this summer (2016) and they were fantastic, even being able to accommodate an extremely anxious candidate within very small settings (5 others) at short notice. They offer a look around and we can't recommend highly enough!



Bradford - Catalyst Tutors located near Bradford university. Set up specifically for HE students. Edexcel and AQA exams. Carry out moderated coursework for new GCSEs, science practicals, and BTECS. Tuition available, or just sit exams. You can contact the Head of Centre directly on 07760257814



Enter CIC  ( ) [As of September 2020 still accepting private candidates] Located in South County Durham, five minutes off the A1 (Junction 60). Unique centre set up to facilitate private candidates, homeschooled candidates, resits and adult learners. Head of Centre was an advisory teacher for 30 years and also a homeschooler and as such is very knowledgeable about the challenges facing external and private candidates wishing to sit examinations. Approved with AQA, OCR, Edexcel and CIE examinations boards. Also supports Science Practicals via dedicated partner in Liverpool. Caters for GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC, Functional Skills. Tuition is also available at this centre. Caters to creative subjects such as Art, Craft and Design and Drama. 

Landline: 01740 655437  

Exams Officer Mobile: 07704 237955 


Travelling: From North or South exit A1 at Junction 60 - Left onto A689, right at roundabout onto A167. Filter onto Darlington Road, Turn left onto Merrington Road/St Cuthbert's Terrace. Accepts private (external) candidates with and without Access Arrangements. Good prices. Very friendly and helpful staff. Call 01740 655437 or email or make an enquiry:


Bradford College-Located near the university. They offer a limited amount of GCSE subjects for which candidates can sit exams they're not cheap though at around £240 each paper. They also offer some 14-16 courses

Halifax-Calderdale College: offer a wide range of 14-16 courses.

Leeds - Ralph Thoresby School East Yorkshire - Pocklington School. At least Edexcel and CIE


Tutors & Exams Doncaster (also in Coventry, Wimbledon and Bolton). Dedicated exam centre for external candidates with lots of experience supporting home-educated students. Languages, ICT, Computer Science and more. In addition to our examination centres we have dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham with the ability to deliver A Level Science practical’s all year round and access to another science laboratory located in a London school available to offer Science practical’s outside term time. Access Arrangements (SEN) friendly. A great venue located less than 5 minutes from J3 on the M18 and 1.5 miles from Doncaster railway station, this venue can accommodate up to 70 examination candidates.  Situated on a business park close to the Lakeside Village Outlet Shopping Centre offering coffee shops and cafes for parents and chaperones to stay close by.. Telephone 024 76221008. 1 Don House, Sidings Court, Doncaster DN4 5NL

Sir Thomas Wharton Community College, A Cooperative Academy, Tait Avenue, Edlington, Doncaster, DN12 1HH.

  • Tel: 01709 864100
  • Fax:  01709 864175

In this article about accepting external candidates for NEC, they sound lovely: "Exams officer Jo Shalome says: ‘We work on a “never say no” basis when it comes to private candidates. We know that finding an exam centre isn’t easy, and we want to help people improve their qualifications in any way we can, whether they are full-time students at the school, families who are home-schooling their children or adults who want a second chance at learning. We would only turn a private candidate away if the request came just a few days before the exam date or if the subject the candidate was studying wasn’t one for which we could offer a controlled assessment.’" . Article says they accept external candidates for science practicals.

Doncaster Local Authority helpfully lists some exam centres for home-educated students:

Adwick: Outwood Academy, Windmill Balk Lane, Woodlands, Doncaster, DN6 7SF 

  • Tel: 01302 722237
  • Fax: 01302 337345

Balby Carr Academy- Community Sports & Science Academy, Weston Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 8ND.

  • Tel: 0845 345 1629
  • Fax: 0845 345 1639

Rossington All Saints Academy, Bond Street, New Rossington, Doncaster, DN11 0BZ.

  • Tel: 01302 868414
  • Fax: 01302 866252



Pocklington School recommended by private candidates on forums.


Craven College - Online courses in Biology, French, German, Italian, Physics, Maths, English

Skipton -South Craven School. Holme Ln, Cross Hills, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 7RL, 01535 632861. Only charge basic entry fees. Will accommodate such things as use of word processor at no extra charge if extra invigilatrion not required.


Hillsborough College. Do at least Maths GCSE

Sheffield College - Offer online GCSE maths and English courses for HE students ages 14 and over, with exams there. Cost approx £300 . See

[Longley Park 6th Form college. Apparently no longer taking private candidates, September 2020. The exams officer is Lesley Harley <>. ]


[York Learning - Adult education centre. September 2020: Apparently, not accepting private candidates anymore]

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