Private Exam Candidates at Alton College

Alton College is pleased to offer a new service to external exam candidates.  We are now able to accept private candidates who wish to sit their exams without having completed a course of study at the College.  This may apply to home schooled students, students who wish to retake exams who previously sat at another centre, or students who have been studying with a private tutor. Alton College offers exams from a number of different boards including AQA, Edexcel, OCR, CIE and WJEC.

Candidates are supported by our in house Exams team and the all-inclusive fee covers the exam board entry fee, invigilation and administrative costs, and the sending of certificates when issued by registered post. 

The College is well served by transport links and in its first year offering this service has attracted students from Alton, the wider area of Hampshire and Surrey and even international students.

Information about what is on offer and how to apply can be found on our website here

Below are some comments from candidates who have previously used Alton College’s excellent exam services:

‘We had to organise a resit of my daughter's maths GCSE while we were based in Switzerland, which proved to be quite a daunting challenge as we knew she would have to retake in the UK.  However, once we made contact with the Alton College Exams Department, the whole process was explained to us clearly and we were guided through it all step by step.  I would definitely use Alton College again as a private candidate as I genuinely felt the service offered was very helpful and the steps involved were made very clear.’
CLAIRE H – Switzerland

I had such a great experience taking my exams at Alton College. Even though I applied late they were able to accommodate me and were very efficient and friendly in helping me achieve my goals of obtaining a GCSE. I highly recommend.
EMILY H - Alton 

Thank you for making the process of taking an exam as a private candidate so straightforward. I contacted several colleges that were listed by AQA as offering this service, and most of them seemed baffled by the concept, or even hostile. Alton was the only one that seemed geared up for it, dealt with the paperwork straight away and helped me promptly with queries about exam coding etc. The college had a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and results were provided promptly too. It was also helpful to have named examinations officer in charge of the process.
Antonia H - Farnborough