Private candidates

Private Candidates pursue a course of study independently but take an examination and/or assessment at an approved WJEC examination centre (school or college). Private candidates are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with a school or college that is prepared to:


(a) make the necessary examination accommodation available and;

(b) conduct, supervise, mark and authenticate any non-examination units/components


Private candidates should find a school/college before they start their studies. We can only accept entries for candidates who have an arrangement in place.


We do not hold records of the schools/colleges that are willing to make arrangements for private candidates. If you experience difficulty locating such a school/college in your area, we would advise that you contact your Local Education Authority for advice.


Further information relating to the procedures for private candidates can be found in this booklet.


November and Exceptional Autumn 2021 Series


Information regarding the November and Exceptional Autumn 2021 series is available here.


JCQ have added information to their website that will allow you to find an exam centre accepting GCSE and GCE  (AS and A Level) candidates for the Autumn 2021 series.


June 2022


Ofqual has published a letter to private candidate on arrangements for exams and assessments in 2022 available here.


You can find details of our Eduqas arrangements for GCSEs, AS, A Level and vocational qualifications here. Assessment Resources are also available in the Qualifications section of this website.


JCQ will be publishing a list of centres which will accept private candidates for GCSEs, AS and A Level by the end of December. You can however work with any centre that accepts private candidate entries, they do not have to be on the list. JCQ has also published a useful FAQ available here.