Private Candidates Centres

Information for centres entering private candidates

If you're a UK Edexcel approved centre, there is no restriction on entry in any subject for private candidates for any qualification you are approved to offer.

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However, before making an entry for a private candidate, the centre must be confident that they will be able to satisfy the conditions specified for managing non-exam assessments, particularly being able to ensure the authenticity of candidates' work, allowing appropriate time for supervised completion and safe storage of work throughout.

A level Science Practical Skills Endorsement and GCSE English Language Spoken Language Endorsement are mandatory parts of those qualifications. Centres must offer all candidates the opportunity to undertake them, and encourage them as far as possible to do so.

 

How we Process Private Candidates

If you have a private candidate at your centre entered for subjects that contain coursework, controlled assessment or endorsements,  please read the information below and ensure you can meet the JCQ requirements. 

Your centre must ensure that teaching staff at the centre will ensure appropriate supervision, authentication and marking arrangements for all coursework, controlled assessments and non-exam assessment (NEA) components. 

There is further guidance on the JCQ website about the Ofqual and JCQ regulations

Instructions for the Conduct of Coursework 

NEA documents 

Compulsory endorsements

If you have a private candidate entered for the GCSE English or A Level Science compulsory endorsements, our eProcessing team will send a declaration email asking you to confirm the candidate has been offered the opportunity to take the endorsement at your centre. If you do not return the declaration, the entry will be escalated to Pearson’s Investigation Team and this may result in the entry being ineligible to receive results. 

For A Level Science, if the candidate has declined the endorsement, you must still provide the declaration stating that you have offered the candidate the opportunity to complete it. You must also complete and return this form and return it to eprocessing@pearson.com.

Declined Science endorsement form 

For GCSE English a candidate cannot decline the endorsement.

Speaking components - languages

For these subjects please be aware that your centre must ensure that the appropriate qualified person conducts the oral component.

Qualifications that include a speaking component are as follows:-

GCSE

  • 1AA0 ARABIC
  • 1CN0 CHINESE
  • 1FR0 FRENCH
  • 1GK0 GREEK
  • 1GN0 GERMAN
  • 1GU0 GUJARATI
  • 1IN0 ITALIAN
  • 1JA0 JAPANESE
  • 1PG0 PORTUGUESE
  • 1PN0 PERSIAN
  • 1RU0 RUSSIAN
  • 1SP0 SPANISH
  • 1TU0 TURKISH
  • 1UR0 URDU

International GCSE

  • 4CN1 CHINESE
  • 4FR1 FRENCH
  • 4GN1 GERMAN
  • 4SP1 SPANISH

AS Level

  • 8CN0 CHINESE
  • 8FR0 FRENCH
  • 8GN0 GERMAN
  • 8IN0 ITALIAN
  • 8RUO RUSSIAN
  • 8SP0 SPANISH

A Level

  • 9CN0 CHINESE
  • 9FR0 FRENCH
  • 9GN0 GERMAN
  • 9IN0 ITALIAN
  • 9RUO RUSSIAN
  • 9SP0 SPANISH

 

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