A private candidate is a candidate who is entered for exams at a centre but is not enrolled there. Examples include home-schooled learners, learners taught by an organisation that is not approved to host Edexcel exams and learners taking resits after leaving school. A candidate cannot be an internal candidate and external candidate in the same exam series.
A centre is not obliged to accept private candidates, and may have legitimate reasons for not doing so. A learner wishing to enter for exams as a private candidate should aim to make arrangements with a local centre that is willing to accept them.
The following pages contain all relevant information regarding private candidates:
Some distance-learning providers (such as the National Extension College) are approved centres and will be able to make the entry and arrange for you to complete all the necessary assessments, including the NEA.
Before you commit to a distance-learning course, make sure that you understand what arrangements will be in place to enable you to complete the required NEA and examinations, and are clear about any fees that may be attached.