When entering for examinations it is very important that you as Private Candidates know exactly which exams you want to be entered for and that you are able to give the correct information to the Examinations Officer at the centre where you hope to sit. If you seem confused or needy when you contact them the exam officer may refuse to help you. They are very busy people.
Exam codes go under a variety of names; syllabus code, specification code, entry code, course code, they all refer to the same thing.
Oxford Open Learning/Oxford Home Schooling provides these details for you in the INTRODUCTION to each of the courses that you are studying. This is the best method of finding your correct entry code and it is available to you from the moment you begin your course. We will also provide this information in the December exam mail shot which we send to all potential exam candidates, but you may need it before then if you are booking your exam earlier than usual. Everyone should therefore, be aware of their entry codes and be able to provide them on request. BEWARE; exams officers can become very tetchy if you cannot provide the correct information and it could mean the difference between being offered and exam place or being turned down.
For easy reference, below is a summary of all the subjects that we offer and their entry codes. However, if you use this table, please ensure that you choose the correct exam board (AQA or Edexcel) and the correct level (GCSE/IGCSE/A LEVEL). We do not accept responsibility for any wrong entries; it is your responsibility to get this right.
Remember, the correct information for your own individual course(s) will be in the front (Introduction) to your course materials.
AQA GCSEs can be quite complicated as many have an overall code which encompasses both a long and a short version of the course. All OOL/OHS courses are the full/long version.
AQA are also in the process of up-dating GCSEs to new specifications and so exams currently available are a mixture of new and legacy (old) specifications.
The legacy specifications continue to be graded from G to A*, while the new specifications are graded from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest grade and two levels 4 and 5 being equivalent to the old grade C pass level.
*English Language GCSE, new specification, 8700, two written papers with an oral exam endorsement. Graded 1 to 9. This specification has *NEA assessment and the exam entry must therefore be made with Oxford Open Learning.
English Literature, new specification, 8702, two written papers, new grades 1 to 9.
Mathematics, new specification 8300 Higher/Foundation tier, no coursework, paper 1 (non calculator) paper 2 (calculator) paper 3 (calculator) all 1 hour 30 minutes.
New grades from 1 to 9. F grades are 1 to 5, H grades are 4 to 9.
Exam sittings in summer or resits only in November.
Law, legacy specification 4162, no tier, no coursework, papers 01 and 02, not available after 2018
Psychology, legacy specification (4180) Full course 4182, no tier, no coursework, papers 01 and 02, not available after 2018.
Religious Studies, legacy (4055) Full course 4057 specification B, no tier, no coursework, papers 40551 and 405566, not available after 2018.
Sociology, legacy specification (4190) Full course 4192, no tier, no coursework, papers 1 and 2, not available after 2018.
Edexcel IGCSEs have the same value as normal GCSEs, but they are easier to administer and examine because they are exam only. There is no coursework with any of our IGCSE exams.
Edexcel like AQA are updating their IGCSEs. The first of these with the 1 to 9 grading system comes into effect in 2018.
Please note that French and Spanish orals are compulsory and an essential part of the exam. It is therefore more difficult and more expensive to find centres who are willing to offer these exams.
Biology, 4BI0, papers 1B and 2B, no tier, no coursework/no practical. Available in January and summer sittings.
Business Studies, 4BS0, paper 01, no tier, no coursework. Summer sitting only.
Chemistry, 4CH0, papers 1C and 2C, no tier, no coursework/no practical. January and summer sittings.
Economics, 4EC0, paper 01, no tier, no coursework. January and summer sittings.
English Language, new specification 4EA1, specification A, papers 01 and 02, grades 1 to 9, no tier, no coursework. January and summer sittings.
English Literature, new specification 4ET1, papers 01 and 02, grades 1 to 9, no tier, no coursework. January and summer sittings.
French, 4FR0, papers 01 (listening) 02 (reading and writing) and 03 (oral) no tier or coursework. Summer sitting only.
Spanish, 4SP0, papers 01 (listening) 02 (reading and writing) and 03 (oral) no tier or coursework. Summer sitting only.
Geography, 4GE0, paper 01, no tier, no coursework. Summer sitting only.
History, 4HI0, paper 01, no tier, no coursework. Summer sitting only.
Human Biology, 4HB0, papers 01 and 02, no tier, no coursework/no practical. January and summer sittings.
Mathematics, new specification 4MA1, specification A, grades 1 to 9, no coursework, students must choose to enter either Foundation, papers 1F and 2F or Higher tiers, papers 3H and 4H. January and summer sittings.
Physics, 4PH0, papers 1P and 2P, no tier, no coursework/no practical. January and summer sittings.
Science (double award), 4SC0, no tier, papers 1B, 1C and 1P, no coursework/no practical. January and summer sittings.
A level exams are only available in summer, they do not have Foundation or Higher tiers. The entry codes below are for the A levels available in 2018. New and legacy (old) specifications are available.
The grading system stays the same for new and legacy A levels but the way they are examined is not the same, see the information below.
The examination and grading of the new A levels is very different from the legacy ones. To obtain a full A level award the Government will require students to sit all exams together at the end of the course.
It will still be possible to sit just the AS part of the exam, but it will be a “stand alone” qualification and unlike at present, it cannot be used towards the full A level. The AS level will have 2 papers which will not be the same as the A level exam papers.
You can only get a full A level by sitting all the required exams together at the same time, this will normally be three written papers covering both AS and what was known as the A2. Even if you have already taken and received a grade for the AS previously it is a stand alone qualification and it will not be allowed to count towards the full A level.
Business AS; 7131, papers 1 and 2
Business A level; 7132, papers 1, 2 and 3
Economics AS; 7135, papers 1 and 2
Economics A level; 7136, papers 1, 2 and 3
Psychology AS; 7181, papers 1 and 2
Psychology A level; 7182, papers 1, 2 and 3
Sociology AS; 7191; papers 1 and 2
Sociology A level; 7192, papers 1, 2 and 3
Those subjects which are partly assessed by *NEA ( full A level English Language, English Literature and History, but not AS level) must be entered through Oxford Open Learning. Please see “NEA Guidelines” for further information.
English Language AS; 7701, papers 1 and 2
*English Language A level; 7702, papers 1, 2 and C, the *NEA unit
English Literature AS; specification A, 7711, papers 1 and 2,
*English Literature A level; specification A; 7712B (option 2B) papers 1, 2 and C the *NEA unit
History AS; 7041GQ, papers 1 and 2
*History A level; 7042GQ, papers 1, 2 and C the *NEA unit
English Language, English Literature and History (full A Level not AS) all have an NEA unit. This is similar to coursework in the old A levels but there are new rules regarding how it is conducted and authenticated and entries for these subjects only, must be made through OOL. Please see “NEA GUIDELINES” for full information. There may be some confusion at exam centres as AQA are not providing them with much information. However, our recommended centres (the blue markers on the map) should all be aware of the arrangements for 2018 and our Exam Officer has already spoken to many of the other centres to explain. If anyone is having trouble with any exam officer who does not understand, please contact Jenny Booth; firstname.lastname@example.org or tel; 01865 798022.
All students studying English, English Literature and History A levels will need to complete NEA forms. They can be downloaded from the AQA website by subject. There are Candidate Record forms for each subject and History students may also need a Question Approval form. Please discuss with your tutor or Student Adviser.
We then ask students to complete and return a Permission Form . Please note that this form is not required to book your exams.
The legacy A levels (Law, Maths, French and Spanish) are modular which means that the entry will require unit codes. The individual units can be entered or retaken separately, either at different times and/or if necessary at different centres, the grades can then be ammalgamated. The last opportunity for resits will be in the summer following the phase out. You will find entry and unit codes in the Introduction to your course.
Please discuss “certification” with your exam officer as there are a number of options for the old style A level;
You can enter and be given a grade for the AS level alone. If you want this you should use just the AS code shown below and this will give you an individual AS level grade. The highest grade at AS level is an A.
You can enter for some or all AS and A2 units together by using the unit codes and just the A2 code. This will give you an overall A level grade but not an individual AS grade. You must use both codes if you want separate grades.
If you are entering for the A2 (which you can only do if you have already taken the AS level or if you enter all the AS/A2 level units at once) you should use the A2 code and ask the exam officer to ensure that this will then combine all your unit results with any previous AS result to give a final grade. If you are sitting somewhere new, they will need previous exam centre details and your UCI (a 13 digit number found on previous exam certificates) to do this.
The highest grade at A2 level is A*.
Law AS, 1161, units LAW 01 and LAW 02, no change until 2019.
Law A2, 2161, units LAW 03 and 04, no change until 2019.
(changes to the current old style Law specification are not expected before 2019)
A level Maths is horribly complicated for exam officers as there are so many combinations and a new specification is not expected before 2019. Pure Maths, Maths and Mechanics and Maths and Statistics all come under the heading “Mathematics 6360” and are distinguished by their unit and subject entry codes. The units we have chosen are listed below, there is no coursework. The subject code for Pure Maths is 5366/6366 but Maths and Mechanics and Maths and Statistics are both 5361/6361.
Pure Maths AS, 5366, specification B, units MPC1, MPC2 and MFP1
Pure Maths A2, 6366, spec B, units MPC3, MPC4 and MFP2
Maths and Mechanics AS, 5361, units MPC1, MPC2 and MM1B
Maths and Mechanics A2, 6361, units MPC3, MPC4 and MM2B
Maths and Statistics AS, 5361, units MPC1, MPC2 and MS1B
Maths and Statistics A2, 6361, units MPC3, MPC4 and MS2B
(No new Maths specification until 2019)
French AS, 1651, units FREN1 and oral unit FRE2 T/V, last exam 2017, resits only in 2108
French A2, 2651, units FREN3 and oral FRE4 T/V, last exam 2017, resits only in 2018
Spanish AS, 1696, units SPAN1 and oral unit SPA2 T/V, last exams 2017, resits only in 2018
Spanish A2, 2696, units SPAN3 and oral SPA4 T/V, last exams 2017, resits only in 2018
The exam requirements for new Edexcel AS or A level are the same as for the new AQA A levels, described above. This means that an AS grade cannot contribute towards a full A level taken at a different date.
Biology AS 8BI0, papers 1 and 2
Biology A level, 9BI0, papers 1, 2 and 3,
This qualification has a practical endorsement which we assume our students will not normally take as it is so expensive and difficult to organise.If any students feel they need the practical then please discuss where it is offered and the cost with your Student Adviser.
French AS, 8FR0, papers 01, 02 and 03
French A level, 9FR0, papers 01, 02 and 03
Spanish AS, 8SP0, papers 01, 02 and 03
Spanish A level, 9SP0, papers 01, 02 and 03