Special requirements

Some candidates may have special needs during their examinations. In such cases, centres can apply for special requirements on their behalf. 

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In cases where candidates' performance may be affected by unforeseen circumstances outside their control, special requirement arrangements can be made for AEA, A level, GCSE, ELC, Functional Skills, PLSC, Edexcel Award, Principal Learning (externally-assessed components) and next generation BTEC Firsts.

Special requirements include:

Month of examination for AEA/GCE/GCSE/ELC/Functional Skills/Principal Learning (externally assessed components)

Final date for submission of requests for access arrangements for examinations

November 2018

20 September 2018 – modified versions of question papers*


1 November 2018 – all other access arrangements

January 2019

4 October 2018 – modified versions of question papers*


21 October 2018 - all other access arrangements

May/June 2019

31 January 2019 – modified versions of question papers*


21 February 2019 - all other access arrangements. 

Special consideration

Within seven days of the last examination in the series in each subject.

Timetable variations

Examinations can be rearranged between morning and afternoon sessions of the same day if there are timetable clashes, provided that the security and confidentiality of the question paper is maintained. Awarding body approval is not required. In cases where overnight supervision is required, the application for a timetable variation and confidentiality declaration for overnight supervision form must be filled out and signed no later than two weeks before the start of the examination series, in order that those involved understand their obligations. A copy of the form should be retained by the centre and the supervisor for six months.

Awarding body approval is no longer required.

Transfer of GCE credit between awarding bodies

21 October 2018 for transfer of credit in summer 2019.

*It may not be possible to provide question papers in a different format if we receive your application after this deadline.

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