South-East England and London exam centres.
These exam centres have either taken external candidates in the past, or have indicated that they would consider it.
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East London Edit
East London Skills for Life - Stratford, E15 Edexcel and OCR Approved Examinations. Offers GCSEs, IGCSEs, A Levels and Functional Skills. Competitively Priced. Central location with excellent transport links. Website info looks out of date so best to contact them. Contact for more information - email@example.com / 02082212688 .
Excel Education Centre - Stratford, E15. - Edexcel approved centre , private tutorial college, will take external candidates for Edexcel IGCSEs or GCSEs and also offers distance learning. They may offer science practicals. NOTE: They will do the Speaking Assessment and Controlled Assessment for GCSE English. Offer IGCSE Spanish speaking assessments. Fees: £140 per qualification for written-only exams with 2 papers - GCSE maths, most 2-paper IGCSEs. £200 for 3-paper exams , £250 for GCSE English including Controlled Assessment. Address: 15 Leytonstone Rd, Stratford, London E15 1SE. Call for more info - the woman I spoke to was very friendly and helpful - 0208 503 1133
Excel Tutors - Commercial Rd, London E1 2DA - small tutorial college. All boards.
South London Edit
The After School Club, 115 Rushey Green Road, Catford, London, SE6 4AA Small tutorial centre. Will work with a tutor to do foreign language speaking assessments. May consider Controlled Assessments. Edexcel only at present. Several home educators have used this centre; some found them very helpful but others felt organisation was an issue. £120 per qualification in 2016. Address: . Centre name: The After-School Club (Edexcel 10776), email firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone 020 3651 2032 Or 07825268833
"Marine Society College offers places to private candidates during the summer exam series only. We are registered with AQA, Edexcel Pearson, OCR and CIE. We can only take private candidates for qualifications that don’t have controlled assessments, coursework, practical, listening or speaking examinations...If you require Access Arrangements or any additional support for your exams, this must be discussed with the exams officer at the time of making your application. Please note that as we are an Adult Education College we can only accept students that will be aged 16 or above at the time of taking the exam."
Small venue - very personable and within easy reach of Waterloo Station, North Lambeth Tube. Contact: 020 7654 7029 or email email@example.com
Pascal's College Beckenham, BR3 (South London) - small private exam centre. Highly recommended by home educators, but on the pricier side. All boards, IGCSEs and GCSEs including Controlled Assessments and language Speaking and Listening Tests, A-level science practicals, GCSE science practicals, and half-day science practical courses. Charges: Registration - £40 per exam session (e.g. May/June 2017-£40, November 2017 - a further £40) AS/A-level £90 per written paper, GCSE/IGCSE £180 per qualification regardless of number of papers (e.g. OCR Classical Greek, 4 papers -£180, IGCSE Religious Studies - 1 paper - £180) Double science charged as 2 GCSEs. £240 per GCSE controlled assessment.
The Exam House - GCSE and A level exam centre for home educated children and out of school candidates across the boards. 8a Lower Grosvenor Place. London. SW1W 0EN. 0207 723 0506
Safeschool - 253 Eltham High Street, Eltham, London SE9 1TY Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Specialist home-ed tuition centre, AQA only. Very quiet and friendly. Can only take limited numbers of students and for a limited range of exams. Will consider access arrangements.
Southfields Academy - Wimbledon, SW18 5JU - formerly Southfields Community College
The Tutorial Foundation, Bromley BR1 - 76 Freelands Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3HY private tutorial centre. Highly recommended by home-educators, but pricey. All boards. Will do science A-level practicals, foreign language speaking tests (GCSE and A Level French, Spanish, Italian, German, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and Dutch), some controlled assessment etc. Will take any age, but under 16s require an escort on the premises.Tel 0208 460 0181 option 2 or email; email@example.com
West and NW London Edit
Campbell Harris 185 High Street Kensington, London, W8 6SH A private tutorial college and independent exam centre. Their private candidates page is here. and extra notes about exams are here Written exams, any board. Speaking and Listening assessments for IGCSE languages. Also offers courses and practical assessment for A-level sciences.(Will deal with some NEA/coursework for GCSEs, but needs to be completed under supervision of their tutors and is therefore an expensive option!) Has been used by many home-educating families over the years and is highly recommended. For information about current prices please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7937 0032 between 10:30am and 4:30pm weekdays.
Cherry Hill Tuition TW3 GCSE, IGCSE and A-level. Includes CIE Art & Design IGCSE, language exams and A level science practicals. Accepts coursework from some online providers.
David Game College EC3 Tel. 020 7221 6665 ext. 116 Private tutorial college. Written exams only, no Modern Languages.
Duff Miller SW7 Private tutorial college in South Kensington SW7. GCSE and IGCSE written exams and language speaking assessments. £130 per GCSE, £160 per IGCSE, additional £80 for language orals. A-levels including science practicals.
Ealing Independent College W5 - GCSE, IGCSE and A-level. Written exams and foreign language speaking tests from Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC. No controlled assessment or practicals. £135 per GCSE, £78 per A-level unit.
London Brookes College Hendon NW4 Tel 0208 202 2007- Private tuition and exam centre. Centre for all major boards: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC. "Although GCSE and A level subjects are the most usual choices, a range of qualifications, including IGCSE, STEP, CIE, TSA, ELAT, HAT, BMAT and PAT can also be sat for at London Brookes College." Will do science practicals and GCSE controlled assessments. £140 per subject for written exams. Will do ICT practical - They have good reviews on google and been around since 2001.
London Exam Centre, Hendon NW4 Private exam centre. Appears to be a different organisation using various exam venues. No personal experience, but website promises support for private candidates and says: "We offer all GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A2 level examinations from all five examination boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and CIE. ..We offer practical exams for A-Level science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We have a fully equipped laboratory, where exams are conducted. "
Oak Heights, Hounslow TW3 - independent school offering written exams and science practicals.
Tutors & Exams Wimbledon SW19 (also in Coventry, Bolton 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. We are just a short walk from Wimbledon South Tube Station and Wimbledon Train Station. Telephone 024 76221008. Methodist Centre, Griffiths Road, Wimbledon SW19 1SP.
The Learning Hub, Vale Farm - Wembley HA0 Tel 0208 908 123. Private tuition centre and exam centre for Edexcel, OCR and CIE. In 2017 they stated they would not accept private candidates unless they were signed up for tuition there as well BUT in 2019 they were apparently accepting external candidates again. If you're thinking of using this exam centre, do contact them and check!
Denefield School, Tilehurst, RG31 6XY CAIE and some other boards. ￼"Exam Officer was Nicola Hatton. £65 to register and £60.72 per full exam" (info from 2019)
The Emmbrook School. Wokingham. "Very welcoming. Exams Officer, Mrs Stephanie Guinn, confirmed that the school is happy to accept private candidates for any exams as long as they are 100% externally assessed, i.e.. no controlled assessments, coursework, orals, etc. Last summer my daughters ..were made to feel very welcome, even the head teacher welcomed us one morning as we were waiting. It was an excellent experience. The school had between 20 & 30 private candidates for that series." Summer sittings only and do not offer CIE.
Luckley House - Luckley Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3EU Happy to accept and help students needing access arrangments. [Still accepting private candidates in September 2020]
St Bartholemews, Newbury - All exam boards. No practical papers/assessments.
Kendrick School, Reading Exams Officer is Katherine Coburn. Contact
Maple Education in Stone, Bucks. Fees to register: £60.00 GCSE exams cost: £180.00 per subject IGCSEs exams cost: £190.00 per subject. A Levels cost: £150.00 per paper/unit.
The Exams House Chesham Exams House, Chesham. £220 per subject, plus VAT.
See also London for Bromley/ SE London centres, especially Pascal's College, Beckenham, and Safeschool Bexley SE9, which can facilitiate GCSE assessments and access arrangements for SEND.
Ashford Arts Centre - small centre which can do art and music as well as some other subjects which are difficult to access for home educators.
Beckenham - see Pascal's College, under SE London. Can do access arrangements and GCSE assessments.
Bexley - see Safeschool, under SE London. Can do access arrangements and GCSE assessments.
Canterbury Academy / Canterbury High School - contact Ms Gates on DGates@canterbury.kent.sch.uk. Still taking external candidates as of autumn 2018. Will consider access arrangements. Fees depend on whether you need a separate room/invigilator or access arrangements, but base cost from £50 per exam.
Dover Christ Church Academy - taking externals in Autumn 2018. Contact Mr Howard.
Frewen College , Northiam near Rye - taking externals 2020 . contact email@example.com
Kent College - Canterbury - Independent school. Taking externals in 2018/19 for written exams only - no orals or coursework. Registered with CIE and all major boards. Contact Mr Watton on firstname.lastname@example.org
King's School - Canterbury - Independent school. Response September 2020:"The King's school would normally be able to accept private candidates who do not require access arrangements for written exams in the summer. We cannot accommodate spoken exams, science practicals or any other non-written assessment. With the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, Kings reserves the right to refuse or cancel entries from private candidates at any point up to the submission of entries (February of the exam year). Private candidates must also be aware that King's will not be able to offer calculated grades in the even that exams are cancelled by the awarding body, government or any other agent outside the school."
"£75 per subject, Cheaper for every exam booked in one year after that. Mix of Edexcel/Cambridge. Cheap and lovely admin" (2019)
Lernejo Home Ed Support and Prince of Wales Youth Centre exam centre. - no longer accepting externals. Noted here as it has historically had many HE candidates.
Longfield Academy - site says they welcome private candidates for exams already scheduled, but I'd suggest asking anyway for other exams as, if the exams you want fall into the same timetable as one they already have, they may allow it. Prices very reasonable.
Mascalls Academy Paddocks Wood. Edexcel, AQA, OCR, WJEC. Have a very welcoming message on their website.
Mid Kent College. Situation in flux but do usually accept external candidates. Please contact the local home-ed network to find out more, or ask on the HE Exams network. You may be told that exam fees are technically a voluntary donation, but this is a technicality peculiar to this centre alone - please ensure you pay the full amount of any 'suggested donation' as otherwise, the centre will cease to be available to external candidates in future.
Pascals College in Beckenham, Kent. My son is returning to this college for his second academic year there. He's doing GCSEs. Recommending the college because it offers a flexible education syllabus for home educated students, GCSEs to A-levels. Other exams as well, I believe. There is a textiles department. Choice of exam boards. It's a very small, private college. Small classes. Fully equipped for laboratory projects and computer science. The quality of education is excellent. The website could be improved, but it is a good college.
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School - Faversham - IGCSEs (including ICT practical). Booklet about exams mentions private candidate arrangements too. In 2016 they were willing to take AS Spanish candidates, including providing the examiner, but only for AQA
Rochester Independent College - lovely small, progressive independent school. Has had a number of former home-educated students go there for sixth form. No uniform, so you won't look out of place. Now taking external candidates for all major boards. Will do language orals. May also do science practicals but call to discuss. Offers intensive revision courses in the Easter holidays.
Runway Training - Functional Skills in Kent : A member of the Facebook group for HE Exams has spoken to Runway Training, based in Tonbridge, Kent. They do English and maths Functional Skills testing and will even come out to your house to do it at an extra fee. They quoted £170 for exams on their own premises or £270 to come out 50 miles to the enquirer, and seemed very helpful.
St George's School Gravesend still accepting external candidates in 2020. Cost depends on board & how many subjects sat in one season. For example - £140 for 1 subject with CAIE as of Summer 2019, 3 subjects with edexcel total of £244 for summer 2020. All exam boards and all sittings (summer, autumn & winter), any subject as long as it doesn’t clash with their timetabling, but option to pay extra to have a small room with own invigilator. Contact the examinations officer Alison Harding - HARDINGA@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk. She has been very helpful & reassuring, they welcome you to look around at the set up during mocks and have lots of experience with Home Educated candidates. Alison is leaving autumn 2019, new contact is Debbie Smart email@example.com. She’s worked with Alison previously and is just as helpful.
They can accommodate languages and the signing off of Astronomy GCSE assignment, so do get in touch if any other requests are needed.
The Tutorial Foundation - 76 Freelands Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3HY private tutorial centre. Highly recommended by home-educators, but pricey. All boards. Will do science A-level practicals, foreign language speaking tests (GCSE and A Level French, Spanish, Italian, German, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and Dutch), some controlled assessment etc. Will take any age, but under 16s require an escort on the premises.Tel 0208 460 0181 option 2 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
More Kent exam centres are listed on the AQA database as taking external candidates, but they are not listed here individually unless a home educator has confirmed that they are in fact willing to accept entries. If you have a positive response from an exam centre, please add it here or add a comment, or share the information with the HE Exams community.
Currently registered with CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and AQA. Offers Edexcel functional skills maths and English. Faregos can cater for Access Arrangements and arrange their own assessments.
Will accept candidates for Edexcel IGCSE French, German and Spanish, including orals. Offers most IGCSEs and GCSEs without controlled assessments. Also some GCE A levels (no practicals). We are a "not for profit group" run by home educators for the benefit of all. We always try to help! Contact Diane Dyer on email@example.com
Wessex Tutors Southampton. An examination centre for AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and IGCSE. IGCSE costs £150 per subject. Wessex Tutors will accept private/external candidates for most boards. We accept private candidates for Edexcel A level modern language orals. We cannot accept private candidates for science practical exams.
Farnborough College of Technology, Farnborough. Now accepting private/external candidates for Edexcel IGCSE’s. Details on their website. Costs £150 per subject. Awaiting a contact name.
City of London Freemen's School, , Ashtead Park, Surrey. Nicketa Williams firstname.lastname@example.org Our costings are: £60.00 per subject and an administration fee of £50.00.
Kings College Guildford Guildford. Email: email@example.com £60 Registration fee for first GCSE or iGCSE. . Subsequent exam will be £20 registration each. Exam charges are £100 per GCSE subject and £130 per iGCSE subject .Edexcel board IGCSEs and some GCSEs - including AQA French and Spanish. No practicals etc 2020 entry forms here https://www.kingscollegeguildford.com/mint-project/uploads/181465299.pdf
Scola Sutton - "SCOLA is happy to help external students take exams at our centre wherever possible. We can usually help students sit a GCSE or GCE exam providing there is not a controlled assessment, coursework or practical unit attached to the qualification. 16 and over only - check annually after 1 September to check if they still accept external candidates.(per telephone conversation 7 Feb 2019)
Please call the exams office on 0208 405 7010/1 for further information"
One home-educator wrote: "Rhona Is so helpful and very friendly. She made my daughter feel very relaxed."
Southborough School, Surbiton, Surrey. "Southborough High School welcomes private candidates for GCE and those GCSE exams which do not involve controlled assessments, science practical exams or speaking tests. We also offer IGCSE exams with the Pearson/Edexcel board which usually do not require coursework or controlled assessment. Where coursework is involved we expect private candidates to make their own arrangements to have their work authenticated. This is often easiest to do through a distance learning organisation (such as Oxford Open Learning or the National Extension College, both of which we have dealt with in the past). "Peter Stainton firstname.lastname@example.org
[Sir William Perkins's School - Chertsey. AS OF 2019 - THEY NO LONGER TAKE EXTERNAL CANDIDATES - confirmed by telephone conversation as of 7 February 2019]
Arabesque School of Performing Arts - no longer a school, so no longer an exam centre
Beacon Academy - North Beeches Road, Crowborough, TN6 2AS They are signed up with Edexcel and CIE but say that Edexcel is easier for them.
Brighton & Hove Steiner School (now Waldorf school) - No longer taking private candidates
Farlington Girls School, Horsham, West Sussex - Only do Edexcel IGCSE Science in 2014. However worth getting in touch just in case
Frewen College, Northiam: This is a specialist dyslexia school and the exam officer home edded her own children, so hopefully should be understanding of both home ed and SENs. In September 2018, she said: "Our usual charge is £150 per exam (GCSES) but the bursar is willing to talk discounts for a group. We can assess for Access arrangements (reader, scribe, extra time Etc) £150 per assessment. These would need to be done before Christmas for anyone looking to enter in Summer 2019. Use of a computer doesn't require assessment. Just evidence that it is the candidate's normal way of working. Email email@example.com.
[Lancing college, Seahaven academy, Steying Grammar - all these NO LONGER ACCEPT PRIVATE CANDIDATES.]
[Brighton - Varndean College - NO LONGER TAKING EXTERNAL CANDIDATES Nov 2018. Note they also have some home-ed students on part-time courses. Alan Ball - firstname.lastname@example.org]
St Wilfrid's School, Crawley: (as at Nov 2020) An approved centre for OCR, AQA and Pearson, they have said they MAY be able to take small numbers of private candidates for GCSEs or A'Levels.
Exams officer = Hilary Willmott (email@example.com)
Awaiting details of costs & application process - will update when I get them.
This is an ever-changing list. Join the Oxford exam centre Facebook group for up-to-date news about exam centres.
Cheney School Cheney Ln, Headington, Oxford OX3 7QH. 'Exam service request forms can be found on the school’s website'. Cost in 2018 was £45.00 entry fee + £25.00 admin fee. Do not offer any Access Arrangements, so no laptops, separate rooms, extra time etc. Also summer exam sitting ONLY. Exams Officer Marie-Anne Fischer MF@cheney.oxon.sch.uk
Cokethorpe School Nr Witney - All exam boards. No practical papers/assessments. No access arrangements. Will ONLY accept candidates with a strong relationship with the school, eg, past students.
EMBS in Cowley, Oxford can accept private candidates for GCSE AQA English and Maths resits only.
Faringdon Community College, Faringdon - All exam boards except CIE. No January exams. To be reviewed in 2019.
Greene's Tutorial College Central Oxford £75 *per paper*, plus exam board fee. Plus £75 yearly admin charge. This works out best if you are sitting several exams with them, as you only pay the admin charge once. CIE and Edexcel, enrol by 1 February for next summer. They will accept candidates needing Access Arrangements (extra cost) but only if they can provide a completed Form 8 and an Educational Psychologist's report.
Icknield Community College, Watlington - All exam boards.
Oxford International College Oxford, is another option but charge at least £75 per PAPER. Some Cambridge syllabuses have 3 papers.
Radley College, Radley, Abingdon OX14 2HR Will consider on an individual basis.
Sibford School Banbury, has a subject fee of approximately £60 PLUS £20 administration fee per PAPER. Edexcel, OCR, AQA, CIE, enrol by end of this year for next summer I/GCSEs
[UTC, Didcot - They were offering all exam boards except CIE, but allegedly not taking external candidates (2019) Carterton College no longer accepting private candidates (2019).]
[Gillotts School, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1PS All exam boards except CIE. No longer accepting candidates as of Sep 2020]