Information for Private Candidates

FEES FOR SUMMER 2017 ARE SHOWN BELOW.

APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN ON MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2017.

We accept Private Candidates for most written exams offered by these exam boards:

AQA  AS, A2, New spec AS/A Levels and GCSE
Edexcel AS, A2, New spec AS/A Levels and GCSE, IGCSE
WJEC AS, A2, New spec AS/A Levels and GCSE
OCR  AS, A2, New spec AS/A Levels and GCSE
CIE  IGCSE - Summer 2017 ONLY

IGCSE EXAMS - Please note that we cannot accept students to sit IGCSEs that are scheduled on UK Bank Holidays or during Half Term (29th May – 2nd June 2016) - Please check with the Exams Officer before proceeding.

COURSEWORK - Unfortunately, at this time, Alton College is unable to accept Private Candidates for any coursework or controlled assessment units.  We may be able to accept candidates for the speaking (oral) unit of the following MFL subjects; French, Spanish and German at AS and A2 level only.   Again, please contact the Exams Officer to discuss.

NEW SPEC GCSEs - If you are sitting your GCSEs for the first time we can only accept you on Linear specifications that do not have a coursework or controlled assessment component.  If you are re-sitting your GCSEs most coursework/controlled assessment marks can be carried forward.  

NEW SPEC AS/A-LEVELS SCIENCE SUBJECTS - Unfortunately as these subjects include a practical assessment we are unable to accept candidate sitting them for the first time.  Re-sits may be available providing you wish to carry forward the marks from practical assessment.

2017 Prices:

AC Concession prices are for students currently enrolled on a full time course at Alton College who wish to take exam in subjects outside their study programme.

GCSE/IGCSE (Total Cost - all papers)

£160.00  (120.00 AC Concession)

 

Per Unit/Exam for AS/A2 modular/unitised specification (Outgoing specifiations)

£80.00  (60.00 AC Concession)

 

New specification Linear AS (Total Cost - all papers)

£160.00  (120.00 AC Concession)

 

New Specification Linear A2 (Total Cost - all papers)

£240.00  (180.00 AC Concession)

 

Speaking/Oral Spanish & German  - (Old Specifications only, please check with Exams Officer for availability) 

£110.00  

Prices include the exam entry fees, all adminstration costs, invigilation fees (except where special access arrangements are required) and the sending of your certificate/s by recorded delivery.

Please follow the instructions on the next page to make an application.

 

ENTRIES FOR SUMMER 2017 WILL OPEN ON MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

The College is required to check the identity of all candidates sitting exams.  To do this we will require all private candidates to visit the College before their exam date/s to meet with the Exams Officers and provide proof of ID and address.  This will be at a mutually agreed date. 

For students who are located abroad or a long distance from our Centre please contact the Exams Officer for further information.

  
HOW TO APPLY

Check which papers you want to sit.  Full specifications for all qualifications are available on the websites of the exam boards:
www.aqa.org.uk
www.edexcel.com
www.ocr.org.uk
www.wjec.co.uk

  • Download, print and complete the application form below The College must have the original signed copy before entries can be made.
  • UK QUALIFICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY UNDERGOING REFORM AND IT IS THEREFORE VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU UNDERSTAND IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A NEW LINEAR QUALIFICATION (FOR WHICH THERE IS ONE OVERALL CHARGE) OR YOU WISH TO SIT INDIVIDUAL UNITS FROM OLD SPECIFICATION MODULAR/UNITISED QUALIFICATIONS WHICH ARE CHARGED INDIVIDUALLY.  
  • You will need to provide us with the entry codes for each paper you want to sit  together with the overall certifcation/aggregate code for the AS or A2 qualification OR just the overall entry code for new spec GCSE/AS/A2 exams.  Alton College will not be able to advise you on this matter and you should refer to you teacher/tutor or seek guidance from the examination boards.  If you are re-sitting a subject you may find the relevant codes on your original results slip or certificates. 
  • Once you have the codes you will need to purchase your entries on the Alton College online store.
    (www.altoncollege.ac.uk) – then select Online Store  
    The entry form is in Entry fees and Exams/Private Candidates or follow this link 
  • If you have not purchased from our store before you will either need to set up an account before you start or you will be asked to set up an account at the checkout stage.
  • You will need to add a private candidate entry to your basket/trolley for each paper you wish to sit from the older specification AS/A2s or select the all inclusive product for new specification GCSE, AS and A Levels.  For each purchase you will be asked to enter your entry code.  If you do purchase indiviudal units you must also note the certification/aggregate code on your application form.
  • You can pay using UK debit and Credit Cards (and the majority of those from overseas banks) or by Paypal. Alternatively you can pay in person at the Student Hub in College using cash or cheque (with a bank card).  We cannot take payment over the telephone at this time.
  • You will receive a purchase confirmation email from the online store.  This is your receipt and should be kept safely.  Please make a note of your order number.  This will start ACOLS******. 
  • Complete the Application Form.  This form must be completed by the candidate, signed and returned by post to the address given.   Remember to add your order number from the online store to confirm your payment.
  • To complete this form you will need to provide

your name – This must be the name you are officially known by and not your preferred name.
date of birth
address
e.mail and telephone numbers
UCI number (unique candidate identifier) – this should be available from any centre where you have previously taken an assessment or been enrolled.  If you have never been issued a UCI, the college may be able to generate one for you.
ULN number (unique learner number)  Again, this should be available from any previous centre you have attended.

  • We will require candidates to visit College once before your exam/s to confirm your identity.
  • All communication regarding your exams will be by email from the Exams Officer.  It is your responsibility to provide a valid email address and to check that email from the College are not directed to your spam folder.

CURRENT ALTON COLLEGE STUDENTS

If you are currently enrolled on a full time course of study at Alton College but wish to take additional exams for which you are studying privately (ie they are not included in your current study programme) you can do so by entering as a private candidate. You will need to purchase your entries via the online store (remember to select AC Concession) and complete the application form as per the instructions above.  Timetable details and Results for exams sat as a private candidate will appear on your College Insight page as normal.  


ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS

Access arrangements such as extra time, separate invigilation, readers and scribes, use of a word processor can be provided by the College but ONLY in accordance with the regulations set out by JCQ.  Evidence as required by JCQ, must be provided by the candidate. No assessments can be carried out by the College for Private Candidates. 

Arrangements are available to students who:

  • match the definition of disability as outlined under section 6 of the Equality Act 2010. “physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on someone’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
  • have special educational needs as defined in the Education Act 1996 and which calls for special educational provision to be made for him/her.
  • have a temporary injury at the time of assessment

Candidates requiring access arrangement will need to provide evidence in the form of an appropriate medical or psychiatric report
and/or
a report outlining the outcomes of relevant assessment of learning ability (in the form of a JCQ Form 8) which must be completed by suitably qualified individual

 

EXAM RESULTS

Results for summer exams are published in August.  The College will e.mail you a statement of results on the day of publication. 

Certificates are issued in November each year and will be sent by recorded delivery

Post results services.

Post results services for Private Candidates (such as clerical checks, remarks of exam papers and copies of your exam scripts) are available directly from the individual exam boards immediately after results are published.
The College is not able to process Post Results Services for Private Candidates.  Each exam board post information for private candidates on their website.

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