Private Candidates

What is a Private Candidate?

Get in touch  if you are interesting in being a private candiate with us.


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A Private Candidate is normally a student or pupil studying for a GCSE or A-Level qualification who is not enrolled at an approved exam centre for that qualification.

 Typically the private candidate could be home educated, privately tutored, following a distance learning course or not enrolled at an approved exam centre for that qualification. They may be learning in another exam centre that does not provide the requisite exam services. A Private Candidate seeks out exam centres who are willing provide their exam entrance. 

Our Private Candidates

Here at Maidenhead Tutorial College we have a open policy to Private Candidates for GCSE and A-Level exams. We work hard to accept as many as possible.

Please get in touch if you are interested in taking GCSE & A-Level exams with us. 

Note on Private Candidates and access arrangements

JCQ is the GCSE & A-Level regulator in the UK. They require exam centres to have a clear understanding of needs of candidates and provide reasonable efforts under the Equality Act 2010. Access arrangements can be rather complicated to obtain.  Here is recent guidance from JCQ that explains the process and requirements. Get in touch and we can help explain and guide you through the process.

Further access arrangements  guidance can be found here .

Further information

PRELIMINARY ENTRY FORM Questions for Private Candidates: 


Are you registered at another centre?

YES / NO Circle your response   


First name

Middle name(s)



Date of birth

Email address

Address (including postcode)

Contact telephone number(s)

Enter any previous known exam numbers




Qualification type e.g. GCSE

Awarding body

Exam series (month & year)

Specification (Subject) title

Specification (Entry) code 

(include option code if applicable)

Unit entry code(s) 

(if applicable for a unitised specification)

Are you eligible for access arrangements in examination(s)? Appropriate evidence must be provided to support this

Section 4 IDENTIFICATION – photographic ID is required to verify your identity