Private candidates and the CCSS examination centre

Entering as a private candidate through the CCSS exam centre

CCSS can support students or groups of students who need to access examination facilities, but who do not study at CCSS.

As an official examination centre we can enable you take academic exams as a private candidate.

CCSS can provide exam sittings for the main UK examination boards AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR and WJEC at GCSE, IGCSE and A-level, including Cambridge International IGCSEs, A-levels and Pre-U Maths. We can also arrange oral exams for some modern foreign language subjects.

Non-examination assessments (NEA)

One of the few examination arrangements we cannot provide in the new “reformed” specifications at GCSE and A-level is to oversee, mark and authenticate the new non-examination assessments, including the GCSE English Language spoken endorsement and the GCSE and A-level science practical skills endorsement. If you have the endorsement from June 2017 or 2018, we can enter you for the written exams and carry the endorsement over.


Please download the following items and save or print your entry form:

If you have taken external examinations before, you will need your UCI (12 digits plus a letter) which should be on a previous statement of results or certificate. You will also need your exam entry codes and any unit codes if there are different options. For some GCSE and IGCSE exams you will need to specify whether you are taking the Foundation or Higher tier exams. All this information is available on the exam boards’ websites in their subject specification. The fees we charge include the cost of the exam entry, all administration fees, exam hall provision and invigilator costs. Most exams take place at a very well appointed external examination site.

Each examination board publishes its own advice for private candidates. We will guide you through the examination process very carefully and you will find it helpful to read their guidance.

Our communication with you will be by email and it is essential that you check your emails regularly to ensure you receive your entry report, timetable and official exam information for candidates. You must keep us updated of any changes.

CCSS Privacy Notice

Our Privacy Notice can be accessed via the link on the registration form or at the bottom of the home page on this website via Links – CCSS policies. It explains the personal data we will hold on you as a private candidate and who we will share it with. We may also email you with privacy policies from the exam boards where appropriate.

Contact our exams centre

Private candidates’ exam centre:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 517544
Email: [email protected]

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