Exams / Private Candidate

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If you are studying a course that has an exam or if your course is portfolio based, normally the cost of the exam or exam board registration will be included in the cost of your course. For the few that are not, the cost of the exam will be stated in the course details. Please note that if you need to re-sit an exam, the college will charge a fee for this. Please contact the exams department if this is applicable to you.

To be entered for an exam or to be registered with the exam board, the exams department will give your tutor an exam entry form which you must check and sign and your tutor will return it to the exams department. Most exams will take place at the Sutton centre. The exams department will always send you a letter or email to confirm your exam details

If you have a learning difficulty or a disability or feel that you work slower than others in your class, you may need access arrangements for your assessments and examinations, such as extra time or rest breaks, to complete your work. If this is the case please inform your tutor as soon as you start your course and s/he will refer you to the Learning Support Manager. You will also need to produce medical evidence for a medical condition/disability, or be assessed by the College if you have slow processing or a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia.

The exams department is experienced in helping students who may need Access Arrangements for their exams. We rely on you providing information and identifying any problems as soon as possible so arrangements can be made where necessary.

If you wish to know the exam dates before you start your course, please contact the exams department on 020 8405 7010/11, or email exams@suttoncollege.ac.uk. Your tutor should also be able to give you the dates.



Sutton College is happy to help private candidates to take exams wherever possible. We are registered with AQA, OCR, Edexcel Pearson for GCSE and GCE’S and Edexcel Pearson for IGCSE. We are unable to accept private candidates for any qualifications that have Non-Examination Assessments (NEA), (for example science subjects), controlled assessments, practical assessments, coursework or spoken assessments. We also offer City and Guilds and Edexcel Functional Skills Maths.

Please note that as we are an Adult Education College we can only accept students that will be aged 16 or above at the time of taking the exam.

Due to the changes in the exam board regulations regarding access arrangements, we are sorry that Sutton College is now unable to consider applications from private candidates who require extra support in their exams. For example a scribe, reader or additional time.

If you wish to take an exam as a private candidate please complete the enquiry form on the link below. Once you have completed this form we will then send you an application form to apply and pay for your exams within 2 weeks.

Please complete the External Exams enquiry form here

Please note the deadlines below for the different exam series.


If you would like to resit your GCSE Maths or English in November, please email the exams department, exams@suttoncollege.ac.uk by 10th September 2021, giving details of the awarding body and exam and we will send you a form to apply. The closing date to receive the form and payment is the 17th September 2021. The cost of this resit is £175.00. You will need to provide a copy of your results with the application form.

SUMMER EXAMS FOR MAY/JUNE 2022 – Please complete the enquiry form above any time after the 4 October 2021. Closing date for receipt of application forms for GCSE and GCE is 21st January 2022. Please note that once we receive your application form, we will acknowledge receipt, but you won’t receive your statement of entry until the middle of March 2022.

The fees charged for the exams for 21/22 academic year are as follows and include the exam fee, invigilation and administration costs. Please note that once your exams have been booked and paid for, unless there are exceptional circumstances for you wishing to withdraw your entry no refund will be made. If you do request a refund and it is approved a £25 administration fee will be deducted.






Please contact the exams office on 020 8405 7010/11 or email exams@suttoncollege.ac.uk for further information.


Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions on exam room availability to allow for social distancing, it may be necessary to close the exam entries before the closing date if maximum numbers are reached. We cannot guarantee that the exams will take place as we have to abide by the government rules and regulations regarding Covid-19. You will be informed of any changes.

If you are looking to do an exam that is not listed please enquire by emailing the exams department.

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