When should I book my exams?
Exam centres can only accommodate a set number of candidates and they must allocate their spaces to their own students first.
You should aim to book your exam about 6 months before your chosen exam date as this will give you the best chance of getting a place at your preferred centre.
The May/June diet of exams usually has a booking deadline of January or February, after which you will be charged extra if you manage to get a space.
Although you can book your exam closer to the exam date, we really wouldn’t recommend that you do this as the chances of you getting a place are slim and you will definitely have to pay 'late fees' if you are successful.
How much will it cost to sit my A Level exams?
The cost of your exam won’t be included in your course fees as they are an additional cost that’s paid directly to your chosen centre.
Prices are set by the exam centres themselves so there can be huge differences in the costs.
For A Level exams, prices usually start at about £85 per subject but at some centres, you can expect to pay upwards of £400 per exam.
We strongly recommend that you contact multiple exam centres in your local area, so you can be sure you’re getting the best price available.
What will I need to book my place?
To make sure you can get your exam place booked quickly and easily, it’s important that you have all the right information to hand.
You’ll need to have the right exam code for the papers you want to sit; it may be referred to as a syllabus, specification, entry or course code. You should contact your course provider if you can’t find this or are confused about which code you need.
The exams officer at the centre will also need:
- Your full name and date of birth (these will need to be verified with ID)
- Your address and contact details
- Your Unique Candidate Identifier (UCI)
Your UCI can be found on your certificate for previous UK qualifications such as your GCSEs. Don’t worry if you haven’t sat UK exams before, you’ll be allocated one by the exam board.
You should always ask in advance what proof of ID will be accepted so you can make sure you’ll be able to provide it. Exam centres usually ask for a current passport but if you don’t have one you may be able to use another photo ID such as a valid driver’s licence.
You’ll normally have to make your payment when you book your place. If you decide to withdraw at a later date you might not receive a full refund as the exam centre will have already incurred costs to enter you into the exam.