Private Candidates

Private Candidates are currently accepted by the Academy for the summer 2023 exam series. Please read this section of the website fully before completing the Private Candidate Booking Form. Our fees for summer 2023 will not be published until around November 2022 once we have received details of the fees being charged by exam boards. At the present time we are not able to confirm if we will be in a position to accept private candidates for summer 2024 onwards due to an increase in the size of our own cohort.

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Examinations Available to Private Candidates

Please note that we are only able to accept entries for examinations during the Summer examination period. We can only accept private candidate bookings for AQA, OCR and Pearson Edexcel exams. We are unable to offer CIE exams to private candidates as we do not use this exam board for our own students. We are also only able to accept Private Candidates for qualifications not requiring coursework, practical or speaking elements. If we do not have any of our own students sitting an examination at the same time as a private candidate, the candidate will be liable to cover the cost of hiring an invigilator at a rate of £15 per hour.

Fees and Booking Deadlines

A Level

AS Level 

£200 per qualification – deadline 14th January

£150 per qualification – deadline 14th January

GCSE £150 per qualification – deadline 14th January

Completing the Booking Form

You must ensure that all information on the booking form is complete and correct, as it will represent your instructions to us for your examination entries. Please also ensure you enter all cash-in codes for GCEs, and appropriate tiers (Foundation or Higher) as required for GCSEs to enable us to make your entries.

It is essential that UCI and ULN numbers are provided by candidates, as examination boards will no longer accept entries for candidates without these. If you are unsure of your UCI and ULN numbers please contact your previous school’s Exams Officer.

Pre-Examination Appointment

To satisfy JCQ regulations it is important that we meet you before you sit examinations at the Academy. At this appointment we will require your completed form, a form of photographic ID for the candidate and your payment. This appointment is also an opportunity for you to see the venue where you will sit your examinations and to ask any questions you may have.

To book an appointment with a member of the Academy’s Examinations Team please contact us.

Access Arrangements

If you have received access arrangements for examinations in the past, and wish to continue with these whilst sitting examinations at the Academy, we will require you to contact your previous school’s Exams Officer to arrange for the relevant evidence to be sent to the Academy’s Examinations Office. Only on receipt of this information will we be able to process an application for the relevant access arrangement.

Please note that we are only able to accommodate private candidates requiring extra time.  We do not have the capacity to accommodate private candidates requiring small rooms, readers or scribes.

On the Day of the Exam

Morning examinations start at 8.40 and afternoon examinations start at 13.45 prompt. Candidates must arrive at the Academy at least 15 minutes prior to the examination start time and report to reception.


Private Candidates are welcome to collect their results from the Academy on the same day as our own candidates. Should you want to have your results posted to you we can do this if you provide a stamped addressed envelope.

Questions or Problems?

If you have any queries or would like to discuss things please contact the Academy’s Examinations Office.