Exams Special requirements

Special consideration

A candidate's examination performance can sometimes be affected by circumstances out of their control. Special consideration is a post-examination adjustment that compensates candidates who were suffering from a temporary illness or condition or who were otherwise disadvantaged at the time of the examination. 

Exams officers may apply for special consideration on a candidate’s behalf. The FAQs below should address any questions or concerns you might have.

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FAQs about your special consideration requests

1. General qualifications (GCSE, GCE, Edexcel Certificate)

  • For written timetabled examinations, a centre can request special consideration on behalf of a candidate using our special consideration online tool at Edexcel Online.

  • For group requests, coursework/controlled assessment, and oral and practical examinations, please complete and sign JCQ form 10 (below) and send it to uk.special.requirements@pearson.com.

2. International qualifications (International GCSE, International Advanced Level (IAL), Edexcel Award)

  • For written timetabled examinations, a centre can request special consideration on behalf of a candidate using our special consideration online tool at Edexcel Online.

  • For group requests, coursework/controlled assessment, and oral and practical examinations, please complete and sign JCQ form 10 (below) and send it to uk.special.requirements@pearson.com.  

3. DIDA, CIDA

Please complete and sign JCQ form 10 (below), and send it to uk.special.requirements@pearson.com.  

4. NQF BTEC qualifications (Paper-based and onscreen tests)

Please complete and sign NQF BTEC form 10 (below), and send it to uk.special.requirements@pearson.com.  

For group applications, please attach a list of affected candidates.

5. Functional Skills    

  • For Functional Skills paper-based examinations, you can make a request using the special considerations online tool at Edexcel Online.

  • For Functional Skills onscreen tests, you will need to complete and sign JCQ form 10 (below) and send it to uk.special.requirements@pearson.com.  

No, centres should be advised to make an application once the candidate has completed all timetabled examinations within the series.

For example: If a candidate has completed a total of four examinations and was affected in all of them, then you should be advised to wait until the last examinations to submit one application for all affected units.  

You can tell if special consideration has been applied from a number of sources:

  1. If you have applied online (for timetabled examinations), then you can check the status of the online application, which should state whether it's accepted, rejected, pending or withdrawn.

  2. The ‘component mark list’ will also show if an application for special consideration has been applied, this applies to timetabled and non-timetabled examinations or group requests. The component mark list can be downloaded from Edexcel Online, but some centres have requested hard copies to be sent out to them.

  3. For NQF BTEC you can download the ‘Pass List’ to see if special consideration has been applied.
  1. There are general guidelines for special consideration in the JCQ booklet 'A guide to the special consideration process' (below). It covers the process that is applied consistently by all awarding bodies. Awarding bodies will not enter into discussion with candidates or their parents as to how much special consideration should be applied.

  2. Special consideration cannot be applied in a cumulative fashion, i.e. on the basis of a domestic crisis at the time of the exam and the candidate suffering from a viral illness.

  3. Private candidates should liaise with the school or college where entries have been made, so that they can apply for special consideration on the private candidate's behalf.

  4. As a result of the move to linear qualifications, the JCQ Awarding Bodies have made the decision to lower the minimum assessment requirements for an enhanced (aegrotat) grade from 40% to 25%. A candidate must now complete 25% of the overall assessment in order to be eligible for Special Consideration.

Yes, only in exceptional circumstances, following the provided:

  • A signed and dated JCQ form 10 (below)
  • Cover letter on headed paper
  • Medical/ supporting evidence.

Special consideration cannot be applied after deadline for enquiries about results (EAR) for the respective examination series.  

All applications for special consideration must be made within seven days of the last examination of the series.

For timetabled examinations you'll need to submit your applications via the Special Considerations Online Tool via Edexcel Online. 

You'll need to complete JCQ form 10 for any oral practical or group requests (below), which must be signed and dated, and send it along with any supporting evidence to the Special Requirements Team by fax on 0207 190 5606 or 0207 190 5607, or by email to uk.special.requirements@pearson.com.

If you have submitted a request for an examination in error, or you want to withdraw or amend a submitted request for a candidate or an examination, please email uk.special.requirements@pearson.com.  

Yes, a centre can appeal against a decision for special consideration on either a tariff or on a calculated Aegrotat (these are generally candidates who have missed a subject component).

Appeals must be put in writing, along with the reasons, and sent to the following address:

The Appeals Manager
Business Improvement and Regulation
Pearson
190 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7BH

Or you can email us at edexcelappeals@pearson.com.

If you've made an application online for a timetabled examination, you will see that the application has been accepted. We can't show what mark or percentage has been applied. Please see the Joint Council guidance document 'A guide to the special consideration process' below for further information.

All applications for timetabled exams must be made by either the examinations officer or the head of centre.  

There could be two reasons why the application was rejected:

  1. We often receive applications from centres making a request for a disadvantaged candidate when the candidate was, in fact, absent. In such cases, applications are ‘withdrawn’ and processed using other component marks to calculate the overall grade.

  2. We will reject applications for special consideration if the reasons given by the centre are not valid or do not meet the JCQ criteria. In these cases, the centre will receive a letter explaining the reason(s) for the rejection. If you disagree with this decision you have the right to appeal.

We will not send any special consideration information in UCAS files or updates. Only overall grades are provided to UCAS. 

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