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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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.

To use our interactive map and find a centre, start by selecting which qualification you wish to complete by clicking the icon in the top left corner of the map.

You can then check or uncheck which qualifications you would like to see appear on the map, including ‘All qualifications considered’ for those centres that will consider private candidates for various qualifications.

Once you have found a centre on the map that offers the qualification you wish to take, you can click on the pin to see the details of that centre. You can then use the contact details that appear to contact the centre and discuss your requirements.


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, 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 our map, complete this survey and we'll update your information.

Interactive map survey for centres

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