Examination Centres are the place that you attend to sit your examinations for GCSEs or A Levels. These are often local schools or community colleges that accept Private Candidates to sit examinations.
Once enrolled on A Levels or Fast Track A Level courses as a distance learner, you will need to find a suitable Examination Centre where you can sit your upcoming exams. We advise students to do this in the January of the year they are looking to sit the examinations.
So for example, if you were looking to sit your exams in May/June 2023, you would need to start looking for an Examination Centre in January 2023. The key to getting the best deal when it comes to purchasing your examinations is to shop around and start early. The closer you get to the examination period, the more expensive the exams will get.
If you are a student who recently left school or doing resits, it’s always worth contacting your old school and seeing if they can fit you in as a Private Candidate for free or a reduced price.
To help our students find centres close to them, we have compiled a list of known centres around the UK where previous students have done exams and received a discount on their fees. At these examination centres you’re guaranteed a place for your A Level and GCSE exams. We have also put in links to the Awarding Bodies and the further information they provide on Examination Centres for Private Candidates.
Oxford Learning College want the experience of studying and sitting your GCSE or A Level examinations to be as smooth and stress free as possible, so if you’re still confused or need help, please contact our friendly team on 01865 595263 or email@example.com
Recommended Examination Centres
Tutors and Exams – in partnership with OLC
Tel: 02476 221008.
These centres currently offer discounts of up to 10% to OLC students and are able to mark coursework for selected subjects and provide practical assessments for science subjects.
Tutors and Exams have 5 exam centres around the UK and 1 in South Africa:
Coventry Exam Centre
Coventry Building Society Arena, Judds Lane, Coventry, CV6 6GE
Bolton Exam Centre
Victoria Hall, 37 Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AS
Wimbledon Exam Centre
Methodist Centre, Griffiths Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1SP
Doncaster Exam Centre
1 Don House, Sidings Court, Doncaster, DN4 5NL
St Neots (Cambs) Exam Centre
Suites 1&2, Terek House, Sandpiper Court, Eaton Socon, St Neots, PE19 8EP
212 Finney Lane, Heald Green Cheshire (close to Manchester Airport)
473 Kingsway, Manchester, M191NR
Tel: 0161 637 4220
Phone: 0208 548 1312
221A High Street, Eastham, London.
The Exam House
Phone: 01494 911116
128 Chesham High St.
Can offer private examinations for all courses. Will be able to cater for science practicals shortly.
Phone: 01900 68487
Mobile: 07873 972012 (Keri)
134 Harrington Road
Can offer private examinations for all courses. Courses that hold practicals can be catered for at an offsite location nearby.
Telephone: 01437 753 490
Private Exam Centre
This company has several examination centres around London and has the ability to offer science practicals from 2020.
Stratford – E15 – AQA, Edexcel and OCR
Eastham – E6 – AQA, Edexcel and OCR
Ilford – IG1 – Edexcel – Functional Skills and City & Guilds
Whitechappel – E1 – AQA, Edexcel and OCR (Limited spaces)
Tel: 0800 772 3464
Greene’s Tutorial College – Oxford
Tel: 01865 248308
Greene’s Tutorial College currently offer a 10% discount to distance learning students and offer both exam placements and practical tuition. Those who are on a Fast Track A-level in Chemistry cannot take both the AS and A2 practicals during the same year.
Londons Tutorial College
Tel: +44 (0)20 8390 8810
London’s Tutorial college can cater for both the Exam and Coursework element for most A level subjects. Please contact them for more information.
North London College
Tel:+44 20 8808 8008
London Brookes College
Tel:020 8202 2007
London Brookes College can cater for Practicals, Exams and course work for certain subjects. Please contact the college to see if they can cater for your specific course.
Cherry Hill Tuition – Hounslow, Middlesex
Tel: 020 8577 0088
3a Tutors Ltd – Bath / Bristol
Tel: 0117 956 4637
Campbell Harris Private College – London
Tel: 020 7937 0032
Rastrick Tutorial College External Examination Centre
Tel: 01484 40 0344
Duff Miller – London
Tel: 0207 225 0577
The Tutorial Foundation – Kent
020 8460 0181 (Option 3)
Tel: 0207 0011 411
Address: 167 Commercial Road, London E1 2DA
This centre currently offers discounts of 10% to OLC students. The centre is available for all examination boards, but not coursework or practical examinations.
Tel: +44 (0)131 220 3634
12 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE
North East College
Newtown Link Road, Greenhills,Drogheda
County Louth, Ireland
Post Code: A92CD3D
Tel:+353 83 145 8387
Awarding Body Information for Private Candidates
Students on courses following an AQA syllabus, including:
Can search for your local Private Candidate centre via this link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/entries/private-candidates/finding-a-school-or-college
Students on courses following an Edexcel syllabus, including:
- Business Studies
- IGCSE Courses
Can use the following link to find a centre near you:
Students on courses following an OCR syllabus, including:
- Ancient History
- Classical Civilisation
Can use the following link to find a centre near you: