Understanding our qualifications

Where can I take Pearson qualification exams? (Private candidates only)

Use our interactive map to find schools and colleges who've told us they'll consider applications from learners who want to take our exams but don't want to register full time at a centre.

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Each year we survey our approved centres to find out whether or not they consider applications from private candidates. A private candidate is learner who wants to take a qualification but doesn't want to study full-time at a school or college. This includes learners who are:

  • home-schooled
  • self-taught
  • looking to resit/retake an assessment
  • students studying a course not offered by their own school or college.

Search for exam centres

1. Select a qualification from the coloured markers

Coloured markers

2. Type your location in the search bar to find schools and colleges in your area.

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Select a centre marker to find out more about the school or college including the type of private candidate applications they will consider.

Please note: not many schools or colleges are set up to allow private candidates to coursework, controlled assessment, orals or labwork.

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Once you’ve found a centre, they will help you with the registration process. To register, you’ll need to provide the school or college with:

  • Your full name, address, postcode and date of birth
  • A telephone number
  • Details of the subjects for which you want to register
  • Details of any coursework marks you want to transfer (if relevant)
  • Your Unique Candidate Identifier (UCI) number (if you've previously taken Edexcel exams)
  • Your bank details.

No schools or colleges shown in your area?

We only share the information of centres who've told us they accept applications from private candidates. If there isn't a centre shown in your area, there are no centres in your area who've asked for us to share their details. You can still try contacting schools and colleges in your area but we can't supply any more information about schools or colleges offering our qualifications.

Add/remove my centre details

If you're an approved centre and want to add/remove your information from our map, complete this survey and we'll update your information within 30 working days.

Add/remove my centre details

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