Entering for the GCSE Examination

You can take the GCSE in either summer or November. Summer exams are held in May/ June. Contact your local exam centre in December or early January for the summer exams, and early September for November exams. You will be entering as an external or private candidate. Speak to the examination officer at the centre, and arrange with them to take the exam, giving the details below. Be aware there is a separate fee for this payable to the centre.

Note: although the course is suitable for all three examination boards, AQA, Edexcel and OCR, in our experience AQA is the best examination board for external candidates. We have designed the course for this exam board.

With the 9-1 system, the higher the number, the higher the grade, so 9 is the top grade and 1 is the lowest grade. Grades 4 and 5 are equivalent to the old ‘C’ grade and a grade 5 is recognised as a ‘good pass’.


Examination Board Details

AQA Recommended

http://www.aqa.org.uk  Tel: 0161 953 1180;  

email: mathematics-gcse@aqa.org.uk

List of AQA centres for private candidates   

Exam Codes for AQA: Foundation Tier: 8300/F covers grades 1 to 5 Or Higher Tier: 8300/H covers grades 4 to 9


Edexcel (Now part of Pearson)


Tel: 0870 240 9800;

email: enquiries@edexcel.com

List of Edexcel centres for private candidates (interactive map)

Exam Code for Edecel: 1MA1 and either foundation or higher tier



Tel: 01223 553 9988   

email: helpdesk@ocr.org.uk

Exam Code for OCR: J560 and either foundation or higher level.  

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