Exams / Private Candidate

If you are studying a course that has an exam or 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.

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 complete and return to the exams department by the closing date stated on the form.

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 and s/he will fill in the Student Support Referral form (SSR) for you. You will also need to produce medical evidence for a medical condition/disability or be tested by the College if you have slow processing or a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia.

For termly courses you will sit your exams at the end of term. For all book keeping courses your exam will be the week following your last lesson, on the same day and time of your class. For computerised accounts your exam will take place during your last lesson. For all other exams, if you wish to know the exam dates before you start your course, please contact the exams department on 020 8405 7011, or email exams@suttoncollege.ac.uk. Your tutor should also be able to give you the dates.

Most exams will take place at the Sutton centre, apart from ITEC courses where the exam will be at the Wallington Centre. The exams department will always send you a letter to confirm your exam details.

The exams department is experienced in helping students successfully achieve and relies on you providing information and identifying any problems as soon as possible so arrangements can be made where necessary.

Private Candidates for exams at Sutton College.

Please complete an enquiry form here

If you wish to take an exam as a private candidate please complete the enquiry form here. 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 note the deadlines below for the different exam series.

NOVEMBER RESITS FOR GCSE MATHS AND ENGLISH – Please complete the enquiry form after the 4 September 2017 but before 18 September 2017. Closing date for receipt of entry forms is 22 September 2017. As we have limited space for the November exams, after the 4 September applications will be accepted on first come first served basis.

JANUARY IGCSE RESITS EDEXCEL PEARSONS Please complete the enquiry form by 30 September 2017, and the closing date for completed applications forms is 6 October 2017.

SUMMER EXAMS FOR MAY/JUNE 2018 Please complete the enquiry form any time after the 1 October 2017. Closing date for receipt of application forms for GCSE and GCE is 19 January 2018.  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 2018.


Sutton College is happy to help private candidates to take exams wherever possible. We are registered with AQA, Edexcel Pearson for GCSE and GCE’S and Edexcel Pearson for IGCSE. We can only take private candidates for qualifications that don’t have controlled assessments, practical’s, coursework or orals.  We can also offer City and Guilds Functional Skills Maths.

If you require Access Arrangements or any additional support for your exams, this must be discussed with the exams department at the time of you making the application. 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.

The fees charged for the exams for 17/18 academic year are as follows and include the exam fees, 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 Access Arrangements are required for your exams this may incur further costs.

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

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