Alternative sites for GCSE & A level exams

Here below is guidance from JCQ. Whom we are a member. 

Alternative sites for the conduct of examinations

11.3 Where it is intended that an examination for any candidate(s) will be conducted at an address other than the centre’s registered address, e.g.

a) a hospital which is a non-registered centre;

b) the candidate’s home;

c) a local church hall;

d) a local community hall;

e) a local sports hall;

f) another building owned by the centre which is situated at a different location from the centre’s registered address;

g) the centre operates as part of a consortium at Borough/County level or through a Multi-Academy Trust and can transport question papers and other examination material in a secure manner to another local centre within 90 minutes of the awarding body’s published starting time for the examination;


The exam centre must notify the JCQ Centre Inspection Service by submitting the JCQ Alternative Site form on-line, using the Centre Admin Portal (CAP), no later than six weeks before the start of the examination series.

The address of the alternative examination venue, the dates it is to be used and the maximum number of candidates likely to be involved must be given.

The accompanying guidance notes must be read before completing the form.

Question papers must:

a) be kept in the centre’s secure storage facility at the centre’s registered address, approved by the JCQ Centre Inspection Service, until 90 minutes before the awarding body’s published starting time for the examination;

b) be taken to the alternative examination venue by a member of centre staff;

c) be transported to the alternative examination venue, securely packaged and always kept under secure conditions, within 90 minutes of the awarding body’s published starting time for the examination.