The Oxford Open Learning Trust cannot find an exam centre for you. However, there are many ways of finding exam centres, you just need to be resourceful and sometimes quite persistent in the number of calls you may have to make. The first place you should try is the most convenient school or college for you. Being in their local community may be a key factor in a school’s decision to accept your request. Your local school or college may not be on our exam centre database if none of our students has ever contacted them before. That does not necessarily mean that they will refuse to help you and they should always be where you try first.
Oxford Open Learning tries to use IGCSE courses because Edexcel IGCSEs are written exams only without any coursework. As coursework must now be undertaken under conditions of controlled assessment (i.e. in a supervised classroom) it is not practical for distance learning students. An additional benefit of Edexcel IGCSE qualifications is that, unlike AQA exams, they can be taken in many overseas countries, either in international schools or via the British Council. To ask Edexcel about their international exam centres please email firstname.lastname@example.org
IGCSEs are mainly used by Private and Independent Schools. They are not Government funded and are therefore not generally offered to students in UK state schools. This means that some exams officers may not be aware that Edexcel has made it possible for any centre which is registered for Edexcel exams to also offer IGCSEs to our students, if they wish. The IGCSE exams are on every school’s electronic “Base Data” and no special forms or permissions are required to book them.
If the centre that you contact has any questions or doubts, our exam officer here (Jenny Booth; 01865 798022, email@example.com) will be more than happy to contact them and explain.
Students in the Armed Forces can follow the above procedures or you may be able to sit at your own AEC as long as it is registered with the exam board that you are studying under. Most AEC’s are registered for CIE exams but often not for Edexcel or AQA..
Please make enquiries at your base, but be aware that your AEC must make the entry for you, simply agreeing to host the exam will not work. Always double check with Oxford Open Learning to avoid problems later, especially if you are abroad or are about to be posted.
Please do not contact any exam centre until you are fully aware of your entry details and exam procedure and have read Very important guidelines for keeping your exam officer happy.