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Need URGENT help! Cheaper costs to take exams in exam centres

I've just been told it costs an estimate of £550 to sit an A-level exam at a specific exam center ( external candidate - I use distance learning.). That is so expensive for only one subject. Can anyone recommend me cheaper alternative exam centers in London? I'm planning on taking more than one subject there too so preferably they can accommodate that.
Original post by Anonymous
I've just been told it costs an estimate of £550 to sit an A-level exam at a specific exam center ( external candidate - I use distance learning.). That is so expensive for only one subject. Can anyone recommend me cheaper alternative exam centers in London? I'm planning on taking more than one subject there too so preferably they can accommodate that.


@Reality Check seems to know a bit about everything lol. I'm also in a similar situation perhaps it needs to be changed to a different forum to get more answers.
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Original post by Shush2020
@Reality Check seems to know a bit about everything lol. I'm also in a similar situation perhaps it needs to be changed to a different forum to get more answers.

haha - that's me: jack of all trades, master of none :smile: Thanks for the tag.
Original post by Anonymous
I've just been told it costs an estimate of £550 to sit an A-level exam at a specific exam center ( external candidate - I use distance learning.). That is so expensive for only one subject. Can anyone recommend me cheaper alternative exam centers in London? I'm planning on taking more than one subject there too so preferably they can accommodate that.

What subject is it? If it's not a science subject, or one which NEA (eg history or English) then you could well get it much cheaper by asking around local schools and colleges if they will accept a private candidate. Many do - ask to speak the exams officer. You may have to try several centres before you find one willing to accept an external.

Science subjects with a requirement for the practical endorsement, and subjects with NEA cost considerably more.
Original post by Reality Check
What subject is it? If it's not a science subject, or one which NEA (eg history or English) then you could well get it much cheaper by asking around local schools and colleges if they will accept a private candidate. Many do - ask to speak the exams officer. You may have to try several centres before you find one willing to accept an external.

Science subjects with a requirement for the practical endorsement, and subjects with NEA cost considerably more.

In my case, it is for further maths. I'm seeing prices like £569.
Original post by Shush2020
In my case, it is for further maths. I'm seeing prices like £569.

You're in luck then - no NEA or anything with maths or FM. As I said, try approaching some local schools and FE colleges to see if they'll take you as a private candidate.

@gdunne42 might have some other ideas for you :smile:
Original post by Reality Check
You're in luck then - no NEA or anything with maths or FM. As I said, try approaching some local schools and FE colleges to see if they'll take you as a private candidate.

@gdunne42 might have some other ideas for you :smile:


Original post by Shush2020
In my case, it is for further maths. I'm seeing prices like £569.


The JCQ web site might help locate other potential centres
https://www.jcq.org.uk/private-candidates/

The independent sixth form colleges generally take private candidates and while always fairly pricey, nothing like the 569 you have quoted
https://www.cife.org.uk/choose-the-right-cife-college/
e.g. David Game £275 for Edexel or AQA https://www.davidgamecollege.com/237/as-a-level-entries
Original post by gdunne42
The JCQ web site might help locate other potential centres
https://www.jcq.org.uk/private-candidates/

The independent sixth form colleges generally take private candidates and while always fairly pricey, nothing like the 569 you have quoted
https://www.cife.org.uk/choose-the-right-cife-college/
e.g. David Game £275 for Edexel or AQA https://www.davidgamecollege.com/237/as-a-level-entries

Mate, you are a legend the DGC pricing is way better will still look around though. Also thank you @Reality Check since you started all this.
Original post by Reality Check
What subject is it? If it's not a science subject, or one which NEA (eg history or English) then you could well get it much cheaper by asking around local schools and colleges if they will accept a private candidate. Many do - ask to speak the exams officer. You may have to try several centres before you find one willing to accept an external.

Science subjects with a requirement for the practical endorsement, and subjects with NEA cost considerably more.


Biology and Chemistry but no need for practical endorsement just exams. I missed A-level exams due to catching a serious disease.
This is great thank you and @Reality Check. The deadlines for registering are much later anyway so I hope I can find even better pricing. Already saved me some money though appreciate you ppl.

Original post by gdunne42
The JCQ web site might help locate other potential centres
https://www.jcq.org.uk/private-candidates/

The independent sixth form colleges generally take private candidates and while always fairly pricey, nothing like the 569 you have quoted
https://www.cife.org.uk/choose-the-right-cife-college/
e.g. David Game £275 for Edexel or AQA https://www.davidgamecollege.com/237/as-a-level-entries
Original post by Anonymous
This is great thank you and @Reality Check. The deadlines for registering are much later anyway so I hope I can find even better pricing. Already saved me some money though appreciate you ppl.


That's great - good to hear you're not going to be fleeced of £500+!

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