On this page, you'll find information and guidance regarding private candidates. This applies to private candidates in the UK and internationally.

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GCSEs, AS and A levels

JCQ has issued interim guidance for private candidate centres offering GCSEs, AS and A levels, outlining those elements of the assessment process that are particularly relevant for private candidates. The guidance can be found on the JCQ website.  

Read the JCQ interim guidance for private candidate centres (PDF, 0.2 MB)

JCQ have published a list of centres who are happy to take additional private candidate entries which covers GCSE, AS and A levels. This list can be found on the JCQ website. To make sure that private candidates have sufficient time to make entries, we will be waiving late fees for private candidates up to 26 April. 

DfE has issued details of its private candidate support grant, which will provide £200 for eligible centres in England accepting private candidate entries for GCSEs, AS and A levels to cover the additional costs of assessment this summer. This will ensure that private candidates who are eligible for the scheme do not need to pay more for their entry this year than they would in a normal year.

Read the DfE guidance on the private candidate support grant

International GCSEs and International A Levels

We will shortly be publishing guidance for private candidate centres offering International GCSE and International AS and A level qualifications.

We will be producing a list of centres who are willing to accept private candidates for these entries, and this will be available at the end of March.

To make sure that private candidates have sufficient time to make entries for International qualifications, we will be waiving late fees for private candidates up to 26 April.

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Centres should continue to make entries for private candidates as normal. The withdrawal deadline for June 2021 for private candidates is 26 April so if you feel you are unable to give a result to a private candidate, you can withdraw by this date and receive credit for the subject fee paid. If making the withdrawal between 21st April and 26th April please email the request to eprocessing@pearson.com to receive the credit. 

To ensure that private candidates are not penalised, we will waive late fees for private candidate entries for UK and International qualifications up to 26 April.  

If your centre requires entries to be made for a private candidate  up to 26 April for GCSE, GCE, International GCSE, International AS level, International A level, Mathematics in Context or Entry Level Certificate, please email the entries using this template to eprocessing@pearson.com

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We will make the entries on your behalf and back-date so you do not receive late fees.


Thank you for choosing Pearson Edexcel qualifications. The global pandemic continues to cause global disruption and uncertainty so to ensure your safety, and fairness for all students around the world, Pearson has confirmed that external exams will not take place as planned in May/June 2021. We will instead be using a robust, quality assured process that will include arrangements for private candidates.

We know that you have been working incredibly hard to prepare for your exams and you will be feeling anxious about how you will receive your qualification grade for the May/June 2021 series. We are committed to supporting all students, including private candidates.

If you are having difficulty finding a centre who is able to support you with your entries, please complete the form below. We are compiling a list of centres who are able to support private candidates who were intending to sit exams this summer and will email you with further information.

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