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Where Can my Home Schooled Child Take Examinations?

By: Louise Tobias BA (hons) - Updated: 9 Apr 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Where Can My Home Schooled Child Take Examinations?

Information About Exam Entry for Home Schooled Children

For home schooled children who have studied for a public exam like GCSEs or A levels either independently, through a private tutor, or via a correspondence course, it is usually the pupil's own responsibility to find an exam centre, register for the exam, find a qualified person to assess coursework, and enter examinations.

Exam boards such as OCR and Edexcel provide 'guides for private candidates' that can provide extra information on this topic - this is available by calling the exam board directly or can be downloaded from the exam board's website. Inside these booklets you will also usually find the required exam and/or coursework entry forms that you may need.

Home Schooled Candidates' Advice on Examination Officers

Examination Officers do not have to accept private candidates to their exam centre so it is important to know about the systems in place before contacting the officer, that way you will seem organised and he or she will feel more relaxed about accepting your application. Note down your exam board number, syllabus number and unit code numbers before contacting the examining officer, and make sure the information is correct!

Find out closing dates for entering an exam, and speak to an examining centre well in advance of those dates. Find a centre by contacting the exam board for a list of local centres - this information will usually also be available online. Centres will have to be registered by the exam board, and may include schools, colleges, private tuition colleges, sixth form centres, or other adult education centres. Note that not every centre will offer every exam, so you should be prepared to make lots of phone calls to lots of different centres.

Different Types of Exams

Exams which do not have a coursework or oral component will usually be the easiest to arrange, requiring only an exam entry form to be submitted, before then assuring the exam centre of your identity and provide contact details. Applicants for qualifications which involve coursework have to find a way of having the coursework examined. This might be an exam board moderator but will usually not be anyone at the exam centre and this should be made clear to the exam officer.

Exam Entry Paperwork

Students will be provided with paperwork to fill in by their examination centre and should do so before the deadline set by each centre - this might include a visit to the centre for them to check the candidate's identity. There will also be exam entry fees to be paid, which usually cost around £25 - paid to the examining board - for most GCSEs, and £12 for each single A level module or unit (remember, A levels consist of six units). Others cost more - English GCSE, for example, will usually be charged at between £40 - £50. Many exam centres will also ask for an additional administration fee which will need to be paid to them directly.

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Hi my daughter is 11 ive just taken her out of school as has been bullied constantly, and is now anxious and depressed and cannot cope with school anymore. So ive made the decision to home school her now, and she is seeing a counsellor. The school showed no empathy to her condition were more interested in trying to get her back into school, so I stood my ground and said no way. My daughters health and well being is far more important and is happy at home being educated, I do ensure she attends social activities so as not lose her social skills and to continue to try improving her confidence. Its good to know I can relate to others on here x
Jo - 9-Apr-18 @ 9:17 PM
My childs school has become rediculous with expectations of children and no work ethics. Can i take him out and get him to sit his GCSEs in a learning center.
Chloe - 7-Feb-18 @ 2:47 PM
My child's school is only offering Combined Sciences but my child wants to take 3 separate Sciences. Can I enter them as a private candidate at another school, if they are taking the rest of their GCSEs at their present school?
Murphy - 25-Jan-18 @ 3:50 PM
As of tomorrow I will be taking my daughter out of school but can she still do her GCSEs at the school if I will be homeschooling from tomorrow
Jools - 21-Jan-18 @ 7:51 PM
Is it better to take GCSEs at 16 and all in one go, rather than taking some early? I have heard that some universities prefer candidates to take them all in one go. I have also heard that private schools who would have once put in candidates early for some examinations are not doing so, partly because universities frown on this and partly because they are adjusting to the new GCSE 1-9 grading system an don't want students to risk getting lower grades.
Eva - 26-Nov-17 @ 2:42 PM
beth - Your Question:
I suffer from anxiety and there is absolutely no way I can take my exams in my school's exam room. where else can I take them? can I do them at home with an invigilator? thanks :)

Our Response:
Speak to your school's exams officer. They will often make arrangements for you to take your exams in a separate room or library etc.
AHomeEducation - 8-Nov-17 @ 2:06 PM
I suffer from anxiety and there is absolutely no way I can take my exams in my school's exam room. where else can I take them? can I do them at home with an invigilator? thanks :)
beth - 7-Nov-17 @ 6:06 PM
Louise - Your Question:
When it’s time for her to do GCSEs what’s going to be the cheapest way for her to complete them?

Our Response:
The costs vary from exam board to exam board. Contact each of them to find out more. The main boards in the UK are EdExcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC.
AHomeEducation - 4-Oct-17 @ 3:29 PM
When it’s time for her to do GCSEs what’s going to be the cheapest way for her to complete them?
Louise - 4-Oct-17 @ 3:18 PM
I also have a year 11 child that I had to take out of school because of bulling and the school wasn't helpful either,only choice i have now is to home school anyone have any ideas on where to get paper to home school, friends take a hand at school as well, so really alone.
Hi-di-hi - 20-May-17 @ 3:12 PM
My son is home schooled and ready to take his GCSE in spring summer where do we apply to do them?
Aloeva - 16-Mar-17 @ 5:04 PM
Madi - Your Question:
My child is 12 years old. Can she take GCSE

Our Response:
You can apply to take GCSEs at any age but the usual age that children take them and are ready for them in the UK is 15 or 16
AHomeEducation - 15-Mar-17 @ 10:30 AM
My child is 12 years old.Can she take GCSE
Madi - 14-Mar-17 @ 5:46 PM
Hi my daughter is 11 years old and is at the end of year 6. She is about to take her ks2 sats however i have decided i would like to take her out of school to homeschool her. Is there a way she can still sit her sats exams independently from the school?
Danie - 2-Mar-17 @ 6:05 AM
hello. transplants from the US that are now living in Windsor. We enrolled our 16yr old son in an online high school program from a university in Texas. in order to complete his first semester he needs to take his tests. they need to be proctored by a school, university, or a testing center. we have had trouble finding a place that will help us. we did find testing center but the price was astronomical. if anyone has any info that can help, please do. we really don't want to have to fly him back to take his test. thanks for any info.
JLo - 16-Feb-17 @ 9:16 AM
I am in year eight and want to be homeschooled. I am very smart and feel school is just repeating things I already know. I have been homeschooled before and learned a lot more than I did in school. The only problem is that exams are too much. Any advice for cheap exams??
Seb - 22-Jan-17 @ 7:15 PM
hi my daughter is in year 11 I've had to take her out of school due to bullying .im worried as to what to do next as she needs to sit her GCSEs
kaz - 10-Jan-17 @ 8:54 PM
Hi, my daughter is currently in year 11 at an independent school, which is closing due to low pupil numbers. I am concerned about what options are available to us, so wondered about home schooling with private tutor support. I wondered how I would go about registering my daughter for the gcse exams and also how much tuition time we would need per subject considering her gcse are in May 2017. I look forward to your help.
Has - 13-Dec-16 @ 11:22 PM
Hi. My daughter is in Year 11 so will be writing her GCSE's in the Summer. We are considering moving out of the U.K. so I am wondering is there a way she can write her exams in about Feb/March? The board her school uses is AQA. Any advice would be great thx.
Jenn - 10-Dec-16 @ 10:12 AM
Zaj - Your Question:
Im looking into home schooling my daughter who is currently in year 10. She suffers with anxiety & finds school a struggle, she hasn't many friends & the one's she does have, are not very nice to her. I find the school not very helpful & I dont know what else to do, her predicted exam results are awful I dont know what else to do, can any 1 guide me in the right direction?

Our Response:
Home schooling is an option but if you're not sure this is the right option then to try and sort out the schooling there are some options you can try. Contact your local education authority and ask them for help if the school is being unhelpful. If she's struggling at school they might be able to pinpoint areas for help or even place your daughter in a different school where she can get more support.
AHomeEducation - 24-Nov-16 @ 12:11 PM
Im looking into home schooling my daughter who is currently in year 10. She suffers with anxiety & finds school a struggle, she hasn't many friends & the one's she does have, are not very nice to her. I find the school not very helpful & i dont know what else to do, her predicted exam results are awful i dont know what else to do, can any 1 guide me in the right direction?
Zaj - 23-Nov-16 @ 3:56 PM
Sophie - Your Question:
I'm currently in year 11 I haven't been too school for over a month now but am starting to get concerned due too the subjects I have been studying and want to take for my GCSEs do have coursework, but I'm not sure what to do as in do I do the coursework and who marks it etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Our Response:
You should discuss this with the staff at your school. If you have decided you want to be homeschooled they might be able to give you advice on exam boards and who you can sit the exams/do your coursework.
AHomeEducation - 15-Nov-16 @ 10:59 AM
I'm currently in year 11 I haven't been too school for over a month now but am starting to get concerned due too the subjects I have been studying and want to take for my GCSEs do have coursework, but I'm not sure what to do as in do I do the coursework and who marks it etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
Sophie - 14-Nov-16 @ 1:50 AM
Shellibear - Your Question:
My daughter is in year 11 and will be doing GCSEs next summer. I have had tomorrow her from one school to another as she has suspected dyspraxia and is struggling with very little help from school. She hates her new school and has given it a go over this last month but her health is now suffering due to her anxiety. She has baldPatches developing, her general health is suffering and is always poorly and when she goes to school she suffered greatly with anxiety. I feel like I need to homeschool her through her GCSEs but I haven't got the first idea of where're start! Please help, many thanks ??

Our Response:
There are lots of forums available that offer help and you may find local support groups that can provide you with information. Your local education authority will be able to point you towards relevant resources and how to register with exam boards etc. If you can afford a private tutor, that would be worth looking into as well.
AHomeEducation - 11-Nov-16 @ 10:47 AM
My daughter is in year 11 and will be doing GCSEs next summer. I have had tomorrow her from one school to another as she has suspected dyspraxia and is struggling with very little help from school. She hates her new school and has given it a go over this last month but her health is now suffering due to her anxiety. She has bald Patches developing, her general health is suffering and is always poorly and when she goes to school she suffered greatly with anxiety. I feel like I need to homeschool her through her GCSEs but I haven't got the first idea of where're start! Please help, many thanks ??
Shellibear - 10-Nov-16 @ 10:47 AM
Hi my parents have been considering homeschooling me over the last week after I sat down with them and told them all the basics. One of their concerns is if I'm going to pass my exams or not as I will be self taught. (I'm about to go into year 10) Does anyone have any ideas/techniques/programs etc that I can do to give me a better chance in passing ? Any help would be very appreciated :)
Chloe1102adams - 31-Aug-16 @ 12:20 PM
@dee Just wondering how you got on with home educating? I was home educated all my life up until college last year and I'm thankful my parents chose that route. It meant I became an individual person and could work on my character just as much as what I learnt, without feeling so much peer pressure and like I needed to fit in boxes. Now I'm finding it hard to ge the qualifications I need! But if we'd known before that I would be stuck I would've done GCSEs when I was sixteen. I hope it worked out for you, it's not for everyone, I understand that. But I do know that I wouldn't be the same without home ed.
Jessie - 28-Aug-16 @ 10:14 AM
kateryzan - Your Question:
Hi, Thinking of home schooling my 9year old son, due to bulling at his current school. The changes in him are awful and im so concerned about him. The school have done nothing regarding my concerns.pls where can I find like jani1 said websites that follower national curriculum??? And how can he still take his SATS exams?

Our Response:
Please see the repsonse to @Dee below.
AHomeEducation - 20-Jul-16 @ 2:32 PM
Hi, Thinking of home schooling my 9year old son, due to bulling at his current school. The changes in him are awful and im so concerned about him. The school have done nothing regarding my concerns. pls where can I find like jani1 said websites that follower national curriculum??? And how can he still take his SATS exams?
kateryzan - 19-Jul-16 @ 9:14 PM
My daughter wants to take case artbut the school can only let her take subjects in the arts so she is going graphics and drama.I am an art teacher so I was hoping that I could teach her and she could do the exam somewhere.Is this possible?
Cazza - 14-Jun-16 @ 4:28 PM
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