Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre. Oxford Home Schooling is your learning provider, not an examination centre, and although we will give you all the help and guidance that we can, especially with finding a centre and dealing with coursework forms, we do not book exams for you.
We can guarantee that you will be able to sit exams at about 20 centres around the UK and we also have a database (which grows and changes all the time) of around 500-600 other centres who may be able to help you.
Exam entry is entirely the responsibility of the student. We accept no liability for late, wrong or missing entries, nor do we have any influence over which centres will accept you or what they charge. You may be lucky and find a centre very close to where you live, but you should be prepared to make lots of phone calls and to shop around as prices and availabilty vary enormously.
All candidates should read the Introduction to their course very carefully, it will provide the exam entry specification codes and explain the way the examination is structured. Candidates should also look at the Private Candidate guidance sections of the relevant exam board website:
All the required forms, except for the centre entry form, can also be downloaded from these websites and via Useful Links.
As a general rule, if you want to sit exams in June, you must have found an exam centre and booked your exam by the end of January. If you are sitting in January then bookings should be made by the end of September. Final deadlines are published on the exam board websites, for example, AQA’s Key Dates, but exam centres prefer to be contacted much earlier than these final dates.
Please be aware that exam centres accept Private Candidates entirely at their own discretion and the fact that you have found them on any list (ours or the exam boards’) is no guarantee that they will accept an application from you. In our experience exam officers tend to look more favourably on well organized and polite candidates who have made themselves familiar with the specification codes and exam requirements and who apply in good time. Students who are well prepared and flexible will always find a centre to take them. However, if you have any special needs it may be more difficult and you must tell your exam centre before they make a booking for you.
Below are a few suggestions about how to improve your chances of booking an exam place and maintaining good relations with your exam officer;
When you sit exams based on an Oxford Home Schooling course, you will normally be a Private or External Candidate. However, if you are also enrolled on courses with a school or college, they will enter you as an Internal Candidate for their courses.
You cannot be entered as both an Internal and an External Candidate in the same exam centre during the same exam series.