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General Information

General Information

General Information

Find out more about the exams we offer, the application procedures, and who to contact.

External Candidates

General Information

General Information

We are happy to accept private candidates for AQA and Edexcel exams. Coursework components are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Access Arrangements

General Information

Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements remove barriers to learning to ensure equal opportunities for all students. We are able to accommodate some requests for Access Arrangements.

Dates and Deadlines

Dates and Deadlines

Access Arrangements

Here you can find a list of our internal deadlines. As we are a small exam centre, we highly recommend applying well in advance to secure your place for your examinations .

Important Downloads

Dates and Deadlines

Important Downloads

Application forms and other important documents such as the Candidates Handbook and JCQ's guide to Access Arrangements.

General Information

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Exam Boards

We have been an approved exam centre since June 2019 and offer both AQA and Pearson Edexcel examinations for GCSE and A level. We're delighted to be able to provide an additional service to support the homeschooling community and those students who find themselves in need of a small and calm space to sit their examinations.

Contingency Date

For GCSE and A Level exams taken in May and June, JCQ set a contingency date for which 

all candidates must make themselves available. In the event of a local or national emergency that causes severe disruption, examination(s) would be rescheduled for the contingency day. This year the contingency day is 24 June 2020.

Application Procedures

External (or private) candidates are required to make a formal application to our Exams Office; details can be found below.  Our internal students, who have studied with us exclusively for their GCSEs or A levels, would be entered automatically by our Exams Office.

Who to Contact

Should you require an estimate of fees, any additional information, or would like to make an application, our Exams Officer can be contacted by email examsoffice@topgradeslearning.co.uk or by telephone 01727 223204.

External Candidates

When to apply

As we are a  small  exam centre, places for external candidates are limited so we strongly advise making your provisional application for entry well in advance of the due date (specified on the form). For June 2020, this due date is 3 February 2020. We cannot guarantee a place for applications received after this date.

Application Procedure

Complete the preliminary exam entry form and return the form in person or via email  to examsoffice@topgradeslearning.co.uk along with any supporting documents. Your application will not be processed until all requested information and supporting evidence is provided. 


We will process your preliminary entry and send you an invoice. Full payment must be made before we will make the official entry with exam boards and (if applicable) apply for access arrangements.


When we have made the official entry, we will send you a Statement of Entry, a timetable, and a Candidate Handbook  which details exam procedures for our centre (also available to download on this page). The onus is on candidates and/or parents to check the Statement of Entry and advise the Exams Officer of any amendments within 7 days of receipt.

Non-exam Assessment (NEA)

We may not be able to accommodate candidates who require controlled assessments or coursework as part of their first sitting unless via prior arrangement with Top Grades. We will review this on a case-by-case basis and advise discussion with a member of the Exams Office staff.

Access Arrangements

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EHCP

What are Access Arrangements?

JCQ defines Access Arrangements as: "pre-examination adjustments for candidates based on evidence of need and normal way of working... They allow candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment". 

Documentation

In order to submit your application to JCQ for Approval, we require  the following documents :

  • Signed and dated Data Protection Consent form (found below)
  • Psychological assessment/ EHCP/ Statement of Need*
  • Completed Form 8 - Application for Access Arrangements*
  • Copy of the original assessors qualifications*

* Should your child not have an existing assessment or Form 8, we can refer you to our SENCO for an independent assessment. 

Dates and Deadlines

03 Feb 2020

Preliminary entries due for June 2020

5pm

Event Details

03 Feb 2020

Preliminary entries due for June 2020

Entry forms for June 2020 must be emailed to the Exams Office or returned in person by the end of the business day. Applications without sup...

Event Details

5pm