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Edexcel exams for home educators

It’s the latest iteration of my “exams for home educators” table – showing you how accessible different subjects are for home educators to take as private candidates. The table now includes all Pearson Edexcel GCSEs, IGCSEs and A levels. For each subject you’ll find the exam code, available sittings, and details of how many papers and/or NEA assessments there are. Pale coloured rows are exam only and the easiest to access as a home educator; mid coloured rows are a bit trickier and involve an exam centre willing to organise more complicated assessments like language speaking tests. Dark coloured rows…

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2021 Exams for home educators – where are we now?

So, the long awaited Ofqual/DfE consultations about alternative arrangements for summer 2021 exams is out… what’s the news for home educators? This applies to AQA, Pearson (Edexcel), OCR, and WJEC Eduqas GCSEs, AS levels and A levels, ie all the Ofqual regulated qualifications. Welsh and NI GCSEs have their own rules, and IGCSEs don’t have the follow the same rules – more about those below. The DfE has this to say: Private candidates will be assessed in a similar way to other students, by a recognised exam centre using an adapted range of evidence, which includes taking the exam board…

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What Edexcel IGCSEs can home educators take?

When it comes to choosing subjects to take at GCSE level, there are two things to consider: What subject does your child want to study? Will the qualification be accessible if you’re not registered with a school and need to sit the exam as a private candidate? There is a wider range of subjects than you might remember from your time in school, so there are some interesting options available beyond the usual Maths and English – why not try Arabic, Business or Global Citizenship? However some subjects have what is called ‘NEA’ or Non-Exam Assessment sections. These are things…

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