Sitting exams as a private candidate
We are very pleased to welcome private candidates to take exams with us. We offer GCSE, IGCSE (Edexcel only), AS and A-level exams with all exam boards apart from Cambridge (CIE). Private candidates do not have to use the same exam board as our own students do – you have a free choice! There are some restrictions to the subjects that can be taken (no A-level sciences for example, as we cannot facilitate the practical components) but we can often offer a suggestion or an alternative if the exam you want is not available.
We know that taking exams is stressful so we try to do all we can to minimise anxiety. Some candidates like to visit the College beforehand to see the exam rooms and where to sign in, and we are always happy to arrange this. We have a large number of private candidates taking exams with us every year (over 200 in 2018-19) and these include both teenagers, often home-schooled, and adults requiring qualifications for a change of career or taking a subject just for fun.
“I wanted to say a huge thank you for hosting Laura’s exams so brilliantly. Thank you for being so kind, thoughtful and thoroughly organised. I had been holding my breath that she would find the whole process too exhausting but your set-up meant she relaxed totally and was able to concentrate on doing the exams and not on all the “admin bother” that she could have been dealing with. Please pass on my thanks to your team. I felt as well looked after as Laura was (which also helped her to relax)! We will always be so grateful to Bosworth for letting Laura have the chance of doing her best.”
If you are interested in taking an exam as a private candidate or just want more information please contact the Exams Officer, Alison Barnes, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org