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Find a UK centre (for private candidates)

Our easy-to-use UK centre search will help you find centres within the UK that offer Pearson's general qualifications such as GCSEs and A Levels. Please note that these centres have given us permission to share their details here to assist private candidates, therefore, this is not a complete list of all centres offering these qualifications.

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We survey our approved centres to find out whether or not they consider applications from private candidates. A private candidate is a 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.

UK Centre Listing

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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 Pearson 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, this means that 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 to see if they accept private candidates but we can't supply you with any information relating to them.

Centre details

If you're an approved UK centre and want to add, amend or remove your centre details from the list above, complete this survey and we'll update your information.

Survey for UK centres

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