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Where Can my Home Schooled Child Take Examinations?

By: Louise Tobias BA (hons) - Updated: 13 Apr 2020 | 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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Hiii, I’m planning to homeschool my son from year 10, please advise about the course selection and exams
Naz - 13-Apr-20 @ 6:25 AM
I am on the verge of taking my child out in year 10 as mental health issues which are worse at school. Do people use online schools as seem expensive or just teach from books/ private tutors etc. I did adult maths recently but that was free
Nimo - 23-Feb-20 @ 8:47 PM
My son is home-schooled (very recent) due to stress at School.He is due to sit his GCSE next year and a local Secondary School have accepted him as a Private Candidate.My only problem is what papers does he need to sit, IGCSE or GCSE its a real minefield of information.I am told that IGCSE is better because its all theory.Just need a bit of advice if possible.I am getting him to sit his English this year just so that he does not need to do them all in the same year.Again, very confusing as I am told he needs to sit 3 papers for IGCSE Language and 2 papers for GCSE Literature.Wow a lot has changed since I was at School.Any help appreciated.
CJ - 18-Feb-20 @ 3:57 PM
DIZZYBLONDE, i home educate my sons but I took time off myself with illness for nearly the whole last year of school and the school still allowed me to come in and sit exams. I think it’s up to the school but I would ring and ask your school and maybe ring your local council if you have no luck with the school.
ZoeLou - 26-Jan-20 @ 9:49 AM
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Paulo473 - 25-Jan-20 @ 5:57 PM
Where can you find out more information about home schooling, and taking GCSE exams for the future? I am thinking of taking my daughter out of school, she is in year 7 and has high anxiety. Now for home schooling I don't if us the mum a d dad teach her. But I need to learn more before we take this step. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful. You can message me on 09761600111 THANK YOU
Baba - 6-Jan-20 @ 10:26 PM
Hi, I need to home school my 14 year old daughter due to high anxiety at school. Please could you tell me my nearest exam centre where she could sit just maths and english exams.Thank you in advance.
Kaz - 2-Dec-19 @ 3:09 PM
Hello all. Here for a little advise if possible please? Due to VERY unfortunate timings we are possibly looking at relocating in November 2020. My son will then be in year 11, close to the point of sitting his GCSE's. I'm wondering if he could be "homeschooled" for the next 5/6 months and then return home to sit his GCSE's. Would this be even possible? I'm so stuck trying to find a way forward for him :( Thank you in advance.
Netty - 11-Nov-19 @ 8:20 PM
Hi SHAN, contact your local Connexions. They should be able to help. You can take GCSE's for free in colleges but I think that's for 16 plus.
Sophia - 20-Sep-19 @ 6:45 PM
hello, I’m in year 11 but I’m homeschooled due to severe anxiety I really want to take my GCSEs to become successful in life however I can’t find where I need to take them, and my mum can’t afford to pay the exam prices as they work out to be a lot! Any ideas on what to do?
Shan - 20-Sep-19 @ 9:20 AM
Hello, I hope my message can help! I have a son who suffered from anxiety and could not access school during 4 years. We signed to Wolsey Hall online course but PLEASE do not pay for more than 5 subjects for any online schooling as it's very demanding and anxiety will continue (but at home this time!). As nearly all sixth forms and colleges will take a child with 5 GCSEs, it is better to focus on 5 subjects and aim to succeed rather than select 8-10 subjects and feel like you're playing catch up all the time. The new GCSEs are more demanding and more thorough (I am a teacher with 20 years of experience) so choose 5 subjects they enjoy and hire a few tutors for a once a week lesson. It's good to have some professional support as well as independent learning. Our son did succeed his GCSE and thanks to an organisation that works with our County Council, he took most of his exams at home. We were so thankful but this requires planning and an Health and Education Care Plan.
Soso - 12-Sep-19 @ 3:11 PM
My sons 15 he suffers from anxiety and depression,he has problems with coping with school as really not happy there,dosnt want to go back,wants me to home school him on his last year 11 where he would be taking his exams GCSE,can I get him into college to do them,and if I help him in his last year,where do I start ?the school council won’t help and said I have to sort it if i continue to home school
Twiggy - 29-Aug-19 @ 7:53 PM
I've just taken my daughter out of school she is now being homeschooled due to her anxiety. But when it comes to GCSE's I'm lost, I'm reading that she could do them now if she wished. I need advice on the best way to homeschool her.
Breda - 27-Jun-19 @ 8:05 PM
Can I ask my sons school if he can sit his exams there? He hasn't been for 3 months now due to medical reasons and anxiety and is off register, but I am lost as to where he can do his Gcses, so please help me if possible, thank you?
Dizzyblond - 26-May-19 @ 7:38 PM
Education system does not care. LAs are more interested in showing bad behaviour even though these prob start at school. Do not give up on your child. Consider registration privately in your area preferably colleges. There is no law that protects high achievers. The schools will do everything to destroy your child through labelling.Remember school governors have no powers now. My advice is joining online teaching forums.Do not even rely on the education system. 07885582540
Local friend - 19-May-19 @ 8:39 PM
I am going to be home schooling my 14 year old child from June. as she suffers from severe Anxiety. she has had this for many years and it has slowly got worse over the last 18 months. However I am looking forward to her being in an environment that she is comfortable in and I have access to the local library and lots of museums and I have a very big support network who will work with her when I am at work. I was just wondering about when it comes to her doing her GCSES can I ask my local secondary school if she may sit them there. I am very new to all of this and I just need some tips Thank you
Sadie19 - 17-Mar-19 @ 3:32 PM
I get anxiety about going into school so I haven’t gone for the past couple days, my mum has rang the school now I’ve got a meeting and I want to ask to be homeschooled but we can’t afford the GCSEs, my mum is In uni and has passed all her GCSEs so is it possible to do you’re schoolwork at home and then take you’re GCSEs at school?
Alex - 3-Feb-19 @ 7:48 PM
Also if you look online at exam boards , you will need to check out wht is needed to study and what subjects you need to do, either AQA or EDEXCEL PEARSONS, OCR, there are moreexam boards ,but I use Aqa and Edexcel these are quite common ones and i think are the best in uk.
Aradiaa - 5-Dec-18 @ 11:12 PM
I have just taken my 15 year old out of school, does anyone know if can she still sit her GCSE exams there this academic year, she has a candidate number?
Pia - 11-Sep-18 @ 12:09 PM
Hi Im planning on homeschooling for grade 10 CBSE curriculum but I don't know how to do the boards please help me and also please help me find a homeschooling programme for grade 10 CBSE
Alisha - 15-Aug-18 @ 2:16 PM
My son has been in trouble for unnecessary reasons few times & now his excludes for a joke fight in school,I feel his been picked on by members as his a challenging boy with top grades but few adults are finding hard to teach him due to his high expectations on learning. I want to take him out and do home schooling please let me know how it works and if I am allowed to do this and how he can sit GCSE as other kids at his age
Sha - 4-Jun-18 @ 3:56 AM
Hi I’ve moved school 2 times now and have been bullied at all of them, I am under cahms for anxiety and ADHD and really would like to be home schooled as my school does nothing to help or protect me,I would love to be homeschooled or have the possibility to be but I haven’t even spoke to my mum about me being homeschooled as my school will make up every lie to try and keep me in school !
Gg67 - 2-Jun-18 @ 11:31 PM
Hi, I was wondering if I can sit my gcse exam this year at home can someone tell me if that’s possible and how it can happen thank you!
Selena - 4-May-18 @ 6:48 PM
I was bullied at school to the point I’m now homeschooled but I’m doing my GCSEs this year and I’ve just moved up the country and I know it sounds weird but Im can’t leave the house and was wondering if there was any other way of doing my GCSEs online or at home or something? Thanks ??
Tay - 23-Apr-18 @ 8:32 PM
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
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