Special requirements (including modified formats)

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:

Special requirements deadlines

The table below shows the key dates you need to be aware of when requesting special requirements.

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 2017

20 September 2017 – modified versions of question papers*


4 October 2017 – all other access arrangements

January 2018

4 October 2017 – modified versions of question papers*


21 October 2017 - all other access arrangements

May/June 2018

31 January 2018 – modified versions of question papers*


21 February 2018 - all other access arrangements. 

Special consideration

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

Please be advised for summer series 2017, we have extended the deadline to 28 July 2017, in light of the recent change from 40% to 25% in the minimum requirements. 

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 2017 for transfer of credit in Summer 2018.

*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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