Home Educated children, can in most circumstances, access exam provision.
Whilst exams are not the be all and end all of life, they’re not even compulsory, many people still feel that they are important in order to access university or get a career. So here we share some exam board details and how to access them.
- iGCSEs tend to be the popular option, as there is no coursework or practical element involved, though GCSEs changed in 2017 to no coursework in a standard GCSE.
- If you decide to take this route you could contact local home educators or your local authority’s EHE advisor and ask if they know any nearby centres, or offer any support with exams. If this is not fruitful then you could contact the exam board directly as they may know of a centre that accepts external candidates. Home Educators can also phone local secondary schools and colleges themselves to ask if they will take an external candidate.
- You can book one or more exams at a time, usually the cut off point is February to apply for the summer exams, but do check.
- You will be liable for the full cost of the exam and any administration fee.
- You will need to make sure your child studies the appropriate syllabus for that exam board. Each exam board will have the syllabus outline available online for each subject.
- There is no minimum age requirement and Home Educated young people often find doing one or two exams, then doing a couple more the year later is preferential over studying for two years to sit 10 or more exams in one go.
In Scotland try approaching local community high schools or private schools to see if they will be happy to be your SQA presenting centre to allow you to sit exams. They may also let you access courses and resources. You can consider taking iGCSEs as an option or look at vocational courses.