General Exams Information

Examination Information

AS/A (GCE), GCSE, BTEC, CTEC and other specialist exams are administered by the exams office, which is based in the Registry office.

Students will be advised by their subject teacher which exams they will be sitting and when. Students are responsible for checking their entries and informing the exams office if there are any queries.

Students who have previously had exam concessions at school need to contact Learning Support to make these arrangements if they haven’t already done so. 


General exams information for 2019/2020

(Further details will be issued by teachers when necessary.  There will be other exams and controlled assessments taking place throughout the year)

SeptemberAny student entitled to “Access Arrangements” or “exam concessions” must contact the Learning Support team in Room 49.
Oxbridge Admission Exams will be taking place on Wednesday 30th October (please note this date falls in October half term week).

GCSE re-sit examinations will take place

Functional skills English writing and reading exams take place


Number and Measure exams take place

Functional skills Maths exams take place

November GCSE re-sit results published on 16th January 2020


Functional skills English writing and reading exams take place


Functional skills English writing and reading exams take place


Summer exam series (13th May to 24th June)


Exam Contingency Day – Wednesday 24th June 2020.  ALL students sitting exams this summer must be available up to and including this day.


A Level and Level 3 Vocational qualifications results published on Thursday 13th August 2020

GCSE and Level 2 Vocational qualifications results published on Thursday 20th August 2020


Exam start times:

The majority of exams will start at 9.00am and 1.30pm.  Students should ensure that they arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the exam.

Unable to attend an exam?

The exams officer must be advised immediately if a student is unable to attend and exam.

If the student is ill before an exam and unable to attend the exam:

Please endeavour to get him/her here (unless hospitalised or circumstances such as an infectious disease prevent this).  If attendance is not possible, please call the college on 01483 761036. We ask that the student writes to us giving full details of the occurrence/illness that prevented them attending the exam.  We will also need some evidence from a GP, hospital or  specialist.

If attending the exam whilst unwell:

The student must see the invigilator before the start of the exam to explain how they feel.  

The students must then report to the exams officer on the day of the exam.  The exams officer will talk through any process/procedure that must follow to apply to an exam board for Special Consideration (where necessary).  It is not acceptable for a parent to call in later or after the exams to advise of their child’s ill health.  Wherever possible, we ask for written evidence from the invigilators, the student and/or their GP.


Equipment for exams

The student is responsible for bringing all necessary equipment for their exams including all stationary and calculators; the college is unable to provide equipment.

Students must write in BLACK ink only.


The College will not be responsible for valuables during exams.  If students leave their valuables outside of the exam room, they do so at their own risk.  We do offer a bag drop facility during the main summer examination time.  We recommend that students leave all valuables at home on the day of their exams or use the available lockers.

Mobile phones

Students must not bring mobile phones, smart watches or any web enabled device into an exam room.

If students are found to have a phone, smart watch or any web enabled device on their person during an exam, they will be reported to the exam board and their paper will be disqualified.


Exam regulations:

All students should familiarise themselves with the following Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations:


Information for candidates – coursework 2019/2020

Information for candidates – Non-examined Assessment 2019/2020

Information for candidates – onscreen tests 2019/2020

Information for candidates – Privacy Notice 2019/2020

Information for candidates – Social Media 2019/2020

Information for candidates – Written Exams 2019/2020

Information for candidates – Use of a calculator in external examinations 2019 2020

Warning to Candidates Poster – 2019/2020

“No Mobile Phones” Poster – 2019/2020



General Exams Information