When entering for examinations it is very important that you as Private Candidates know exactly which exams you want to be entered for and that you are able to give the correct information to the Examinations Officer at the centre where you hope to sit. If you seem confused or needy when you contact them the exam officer may refuse to help you. They are very busy people.
Exam codes go under a variety of names; syllabus code, specification code, entry code, course code, they all refer to the same thing.
Oxford Open Learning/Oxford Home Schooling provides these details for you in the INTRODUCTION to each of the courses that you are studying. This is the best method of finding your correct entry code and it is available to you from the moment you begin your course. We will also provide this information in the exam mail shot which we send to all potential exam candidates, but you may need it before then if you are booking your exam earlier than usual. Everyone should therefore, be aware of their entry codes and be able to provide them on request. BEWARE; exams officers can become very tetchy if you cannot provide the correct information and it could mean the difference between being offered an exam place or being turned down.
For easy reference, below is a summary of all the subjects that we offer and their entry codes. However, if you use this table, please ensure that you choose the correct exam board (AQA or Edexcel) and the correct level (GCSE/IGCSE/A LEVEL). We do not accept responsibility for any wrong entries; it is your responsibility to get this right.
Remember, the correct information for your own individual course(s) will be in the front (Introduction) to your course materials.
AQA GCSEs can be quite complicated as many have an overall code which encompasses both a long and a short version of the course. All OOL/OHS courses are the full/long version.
Exams from 2019 onwards will all be the new specifications which are graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade and two levels 4 and 5 being equivalent to the old grade C pass level.
F/ foundation grades are 1 to 5, H/ higher grades are 4 to 9. Nothing will use A* to G any more.
There will be resits in November each year for Maths 8300 or English 8700 only.
Edexcel IGCSEs have the same value as normal GCSEs, but they are generally easier to administer and examine because there is no coursework with any of our IGCSE exams.
Edexcel like AQA are updating their IGCSEs, they will all use the 1 to 9 grading system from 2019.
Please note that French and Spanish orals are compulsory and an essential part of the exam. It is therefore more difficult and more expensive to find centres who are willing to offer these exams.
A level exams are only available in summer, they do not have Foundation or Higher tiers. The entry codes below are for the new style A levels available from 2019.
The examination and grading of the new A levels is very different from the legacy ones. To obtain a full A level award the Government will require students to sit all exams together at the end of the course.
It will still be possible to sit just the AS part of the exam, but it will be a “stand alone” qualification and unlike previously, it cannot be used towards the full A level. The AS level will have 2 papers which will not be the same as the A level exam papers.
You can only get a full A level by sitting all the required exams together at the same time, this will normally be three written papers covering both AS and what was known as the A2. Even if you have already taken and received a grade for the AS previously it is a stand alone qualification and it will not be allowed to count towards the full A level.
Those subjects which are partly assessed by *NEA ( full A level English Language, English Literature and History, but not AS level) must be entered through Oxford Open Learning. Please see “NEA Guidelines” for further information.
English Language, English Literature and History (full A Level not AS) all have an NEA unit. This is similar to coursework in the old A levels but there are new rules regarding how it is conducted and authenticated and entries for these subjects only, must be made through The Oxford Open Learning Trust. Please see “NEA GUIDELINES” for full information. There may be some confusion at exam centres as AQA are not providing them with much information. However, our recommended centres (the blue markers on the map) should all be aware of the arrangements for 2019 onwards and our Exam Officer has already spoken to many of the other centres to explain. If anyone is having trouble with any exam officer who does not understand, please contact Jenny Booth; firstname.lastname@example.org or tel; 01865 798022.
All students studying English, English Literature and History A levels will need to complete NEA Candidate Record forms. They can be downloaded from the AQA website by subject. There are Candidate Record forms for each subject and History students may also need a Question Approval form. Please discuss with your tutor or Student Adviser.
We will also ask students to complete and return a Permission Form this form is not required to book your exams.
The exam requirements for new Edexcel AS or A level are the same as for the new AQA A levels, described above. This means that an AS grade cannot contribute towards a full A level taken at a different date. The AS is a stand alone qualification.
We assume that most students will not want to take the practical endorsement as it is so expensive and difficult to organise. If any students feel they need the practical then please discuss where it is offered and the cost with your Student Adviser.