The exams are set and marked by examination boards. Oxford Home Schooling uses two boards, AQA for most of it’s A levels and GCSES and Edexcel for all it’s IGCSEs and Biology A level.
The examinations are taken at examination centres (usually schools or tuition centres) which are registered with the examination boards.
Students need to be booked into an examination centre in order to take an exam. Oxford Home Schooling does not do this for you and it is your responsibility to find your examination and register for an exam.
Oxford Home Schooling will send email reminders about arranging your examination if you live abroad and if you are in the UK we will also write to you. We will provide you with all the entry codes you need and we will provide you with a password for our interactive examination map which has 700+ centres that our students have used before.
We can provide a huge list of examination centres largely because we have worked hard to make dealing with OHS students as straight forward as possible. If an Exams Officer at a centre has had a bad experience taking Home Schooled students in the past, they are less likely to consider any others in the future. To help them out we ask you follow these simple guidelines.
Quite simply a Private candidate is a student who is taking their exam at an examination centre that did not teach them. Any coursework required is usually marked by the examination board and not by a teacher at the centre. We provide full advice on this.