Examination centres

Accessing exam centres in Lancashire

As part of our work to support home educating families we have located some exam centres in Lancashire who are able to accept private candidates.  We will continue to update this list but in the meantime some families may find the following details helpful.

External examination centres in Lancashire
Examination centreContact detailsExams Exam boards 
Ormskirk School
Wigan Road
Ormskirk
L39 2AT
Jane Covey, Examinations Officer
Email: JEC@ormskirk.lancs.sch.uk
Telephone: 01695 583040
IGCSEs
GCSEs
AS Levels
A Levels
OCR, AQA, 
Edexcel and 
WJEC
Albany Academy
Bolton Road
Chorley
PR7 3AY
Andrea Christie, Examinations Officer
Email: a.christie@albanyacademy.co.uk
Telephone: 01257 244020
IGCSEs
GCSEs
AQA and
Edexcel
Penwortham Priory Academy
Crow Hills Road
Penwortham
Preston, PR1 0JE
Matt Dever, Examinations Officer
Email : m.dever@priory.lancs.sch.uk
Telephone: 01772 320250
IGCSEs
GCSEs
AS Levels
A Levels
OCR, AQA
Edexcel,  
WJEC and 
Cambridge
Mount Carmel RC High School
A specialist science college

Wordsworth Road
Accrington, BB5 0LU

Ann Alty, Examinations Officer
Email: exams@mountcarmelhigh.lancs.sch.uk
Telephone: 01254 350172
GCSEs OCR, AQA, 
Edexcel and 
WJEC
Darwen Vale High School
Blackburn Road
Darwen
BB3 0AL
Gill Fram, Examinations Officer
Email: gFram833@darwenvale.learningfutures.org.uk
Telephone: 01254 223000

IGCSEs
GCSEs
OCR, AQA, 
Edexcel and WJEC
St Thomas's Centre
Lambeth Street
Blackburn
BB1 1NA
Amanda Leaver, Examinations officer
Email: amanda.leaver@blackburn.gov.uk
Telephone: 01254 680523
GCSEs
Summer only
OCR, AQA, 
and Edexcel 
Tower Learning Centre
316 Church Street
Blackpool
FY13QE

Kate Towers, Centre director
Email: kate@tower-learning.co.uk
Telephone: 01253 290949

This centre also offers external candidates entry for November exams

Please note this centre may be able to offer a controlled assessment facility

GCSEs
Functional skills
ASDAN
Personal development preparation for working life.
AS and A levels
OCR, CIE, ASDAN, WJEC and AQA
Spanish Learning Centre
239 Church Street
Blackpool
FY1 3PB
Ruth Cunningham, Centre owner
Email: ruth@spanishlearningcentre.com
Telephone: 01253 294822 
Please note this centre may be able to offer a controlled assessment facility
IGCSEs
GCSEs
AS Level
A Levels
Functional skills
AQA, WJEC, CIE (iGCSEs) and Edexcel (Also doing iGCSEs)
Jay-Em Studios
27 Victoria Street
Chorley
PR7 2TX
Miss Julia Savage

Email: j-mstudio@btconnect.com
Telephone: 01257 262703
Please note this centre may be able to offer a controlled assessment facility

IGCSEs
GCSEs
AQA, Edexcel and Cambridge

Application process and timescales

The application process, costs and timescales may be different for each centre so please contact them directly to discuss your requirements.
Applications for summer 2017 GCSEs must be submitted by each centre by mid February 2017, later applications will incur substantial additional charges. We would advise that you contact any centres before the end of January 2017 latest as you may need to arrange an appointment at the centre.

Costs

As a guide the approximate fee per GCSE subject starts at £200 , per IGCSE £2000 and Functional Skills (English, Maths and IT) £90 per subject, plus administration costs and invigilator costs where applicable. The cost for AS and A levels start from £200 per paper.
Below is a timetable indicating entry closing dates for GCSEs, IGCSEs, AS and A Levels and any additional late entry fees. Again we would suggest you contact each exam centre for more detailed information
Entry closing dates
Month of examsClosing date for exam entries submitted by exam centres - late entry fees apply afterClosing date for late exam entries submitted by exam centres - very late entry fees and amendment fees apply afterClosing date for very late exam entries by exam centres 
June 2017 17 February 2017
Due to school half term holidays electronic entries to be made by 14 February 2014
17 March 2017
Exam fee plus 100%
17 April 2017
Exam fees plus 200%
Functional skills Examinations may be offered monthly, please contact the relevant centre for more details. 

Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration

Access arrangements are pre-examination adjustments for candidates based on evidence of need and normal way of working. These arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.  For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers
Further information can be found on the Joint Council for Qualifications website. Some of the exam centres listed above may be able to facilitate access arrangements so please contact them to discuss individual requirements.

Additional information for private candidates wishing to take examinations may also be found on the relevant examination board website:

If you would like any further help and advice regarding accessing exams please don't hesitate to contact myself or any other member of the team.

If you are aware of any other centres in Lancashire that accept private candidates, or have any other information that may be helpful to home educating families we would like to hear from you so that we can include these.

Jane.gray@blackpool.gov.uk or Polly.Summerlee@blackpool.gov.uk Telephone: 01253 476712