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    I wanted to do GCSE's, about 5.
    I just wanted information on what to do, I would go to college but I will be leaving the UK for a few months.

    How do I apply to sit GCSE examinations?
    When do I apply ?
    How much will it cost (roughly)?
    & lastly, can I study myself without buying specific material?

    (Original post by Danny-Brown)
    How do I apply to sit GCSE examinations?
    When do I apply ?
    How much will it cost (roughly)?
    & lastly, can I study myself without buying specific material?
    1. HOW You have to find a school or college willing to accept you as a private candidate and get their examinations officer to enter you.
    useful info here:

    2. WHEN. Start calling as soon as possible as not every school/college will be willing to accept you. The deadline for entries depends on which exam session you want to enter for. Talk to your current school exams officer asap and see if they will help. Find out which awarding body they use (some people call them exam boards) so you know what revision materials and past papers to use.
    Exam timetable:

    3. HOW MUCH. They are allowed to charge what ever they like as an admin fee on top of the exam fee. If you are lucky and find somewhere that is generous then around £15-20 for each exam (exam not subject!). There are some private centres (mostly in London) that charge a fortune for private entries.

    4. You can use whatever material you like, however depending on your subject you might be better off using the endorsed text book/revision guide of the awarding body as there can be differences in the specification. You should try and get past papers for the specific awarding body to help you revise.
    • Thread Starter

    Thank you, this is very helpful.

    This is all very good advice. You may want to wait until September though because it is likely that the Exams Officer will be on holiday. They will be in school just prior to the GCSE and A-level results and on the day itself.

    Also note that this guidance will be updated in September to reflect changes for the 2009 / 2010 academic session.


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