A level exam information

Information about Cambridge & Edexcel A levels

Exam boards and format:

Wolsey Hall courses will prepare you for the Cambridge International A level exams, except for Politics and the Sciences (Edexcel).

Cambridge A levels may be taken over one or two sittings (AS and AL) both in the UK and internationally. Internationally Edexcel AL exams may also be taken over two sittings (known as AS and A2). But in the UK, Edexcel A level exams must be taken at one sitting which is available only in the summer.

For Edexcel, AS level exams in the UK are standalone. They do not lead on to A level.

Applying to an exam centre:

You will need to apply to an exam centre to take A level exams. We will provide you with the information you’ll need, and we can support you in your search for an exam centre. However it is your responsibility to apply to an exam centre. We cannot do this for you.

We strongly advise you to contact a centre to be sure you can make the necessary arrangements before enrolling with Wolsey Hall.

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A level Information Event

To find out more about studying A levels with Wolsey Hall Oxford, please join us at our live presentation and question & answer session on Wednesday 1st June 2022 at 11am (UK time).

To book your place, please click the button below and complete our short form.

Finding an exam centre

We can provide you with lists of exam centres which we have researched.

These centres have told us that they accept external (private) candidates. If you have not already received a list of centres for your country, please ask your Student Progress Manager for this.

In countries outside the UK where there is a British Council, this will often be the exam centre of choice. We endeavour to keep our information as up to date as possible. But we cannot guarantee that all exam centres listed will be able to accommodate candidates for each subject/exam sitting.

Booking your exam entry

Before you book entry for the exams and to help you make your entry, your Student Progress Manager will send you the exam timetable with exam codes and dates for all subjects.

There is a deadline for booking exam entry, and although some exam centres will accept late entries, the fees will be higher as a result. The exam centres will advise you of the fees for the exams, and these do vary between centres.

For more information, see Exam Guidelines for External Candidates.

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Examination entry deadlines

Deadline for entry for the May/June sitting – 31st January.

We strongly advise you to make contact with a centre in the previous September as centres have limited spaces for external candidates.

Deadline for entry for the October/November sitting – 1st August.

Do book an exam centre place before the end of June, as schools close for the summer holidays. N.B. Many centres don’t run exams in Oct/Nov.

Deadline for entry for the Edexcel January sitting – 1st October.

Deadline for entry for the Cambridge Board March sitting (India only) – 1st November.

Access arrangements

If you or your child have a special need of some kind and require access arrangements, you should contact your chosen exam centre at the earliest opportunity.

Not all exam centres can accept candidates requiring access arrangements and those that do charge additional fees for doing so.

Access arrangements that may be available include: extra time in the exam room; a separate room; a scribe; the use of a laptop; modified papers (coloured/enlarged paper); arrangements for candidates with other disabilities.

Centres can also advise you on what evidence may be required to support an application for access arrangements.

Edexcel Science practicals in the UK

In light of recent changes to A levels in the UK, the UK BiologyChemistry and Physics A levels now contain a separate Practical Endorsement, which is an assessment of a student’s skills and competency when completing the 12 A level core practicals.

The result of the Practical Endorsement (either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’) is reported separately on the A level certificate, in addition to the overall grade for theory.

You will need to arrange to take this component of the course at an examination centre which offers this option. You will find a list here of the UK exam centres offering the Practical Endorsement.

Which exam sitting to choose

Note that many centres will only accept candidates for the May/June sitting. So we strongly recommend this sitting unless it is simply not an option.

If you need help in finding an exam centre please contact either Tony Marshall (UK Exams Officer) or Nuha Lami (International Exams Officer).