Oxford Open Learning will write to all students who we believe are sitting exams in the summer series in the preceding December. We will give you detailed instructions.
The deadline for booking all exams either GCSE, IGCSE or A level is the 21st February.
However, please be aware that some popular exam centres fill up very early, many others are now introducing December closing dates and therefore the sooner you begin looking for a place, the better.
After the 21st Feb. you may still be able to book an exam but your choice of centre will be severely limited and you will have to pay late fees.
If we do not know when you are sitting your exam, or you do not follow our instructions, then we cannot help you and things can go badly wrong. Please always keep us informed of your intentions and return your Permission Form.
The Edexcel IGCSE and our AQA GCSE courses as well as most of our A Levels, do not have Board examined coursework or NEA (Non Exam Assessment).
The Introduction to your course will make it clear whether your course has Board-examined Coursework (NEA) or not. Please be aware that your Tutor-marked Assignments are not Coursework.
If an exam does not include any coursework then the procedure is simple, as follows;
There is nothing else to do except get the exam dates and starting times from the exam officer and a Confirmation of Entry to ensure it has been booked correctly. Remember to turn up at the correct time for any orals and your written exams. No other exam board forms are required, although Oxford Open Learning will need the Permission Form (see below) to know where you are sitting and make any enquiries on your behalf.
The subjects in this category are GCSE English and A Level History, English Language and English Literature.
For these subjects only you will be an Oxford Open Learning internal exam candidate and you must book and pay for your exam with our Examination Officer, Mrs Jenny Booth (firstname.lastname@example.org tel. 01865 798022). We cannot accept entries for any subjects without an NEA component.
Oxford Open Learning will make your exam entry and deal with your coursework, but you will sit your written papers at a centre which is more local to you. You will not be able to sit the written papers here at OOL.
You must find a local centre in the same way as any other OOL candidate, but for NEA subjects you will have to explain that they need only accept you as a transfer of entry student and not a full private candidate. They will not be your “entering centre”, they will be your “host centre” and their fee should reflect this.
Transfer of Entry forms will be sent to host centres by OOL. The host centre will not incur any costs for the transfer.
For these subjects only, we will deal with everything that a normal exam centre is responsible for, ie. payment for exam entry, making your entry with AQA, helping with the transfer of entry procedure, any enquiries about results or appeals and providing your results slip and final certificate. The only thing we cannot do is allow you to sit written exams with us here in Oxford.
Please be aware of the following;
There are no longer any winter A levels.
The procedures for winter exams for GCSE/IGCSE, either a November resit (for AQA Maths or English GCSE) or January sittings for Edexcel IGCSEs, are exactly the same as for the summer series. However, students wishing to sit winter exams will be responsible for meeting the deadlines themselves. These are the 4th October for November GCSE and the 21st October for January IGCSE sittings. Oxford Open Learning will assist, but if you choose to sit at any time other than summer we do not guarantee automatically to send out information and forms.
This is an internal OOL/OHS form which we send out in February to students who are sitting summer exams. You do not need it to book your exams, but we need it to establish where you are going to sit, to make enquiries on your behalf and to get your results afterwards.