Exams at ncn

Exams for private/external candidates

Nottingham College (formerly Central College Nottingham and New College Nottingham) offer an exam only service to private and external candidates for both on-screen and paper based examinations. We offer a range of specifications with all major examination boards/awarding bodies.

Please note: we cannot accept candidates for controlled assessment, coursework units, oral and practical units. However, if you have previously taken any of the above, and the specification(s) allows you to carry these marks forward, we will accept entries on any remaining units(s).

If you are looking at a specification that does include any of the above units you may wish to contact the relevant awarding body to seek an alternative specification.

This exam-only service does not include access to Nottingham College resources such as Learner Resource Centres, tuition sessions and additional learning support. 

Please note: We cannot offer access arrangements to private exam candidates, as regulated by the Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ).

Series deadlines – we do not accept late entries

Examination series

Entry opens 

Entry deadline 

November series

1st September 2017

22nd September 2017

January series

8th September 2017

6th October 2017

March series (2018)

12th October 2017

12th January 2018

Summer series (2018)

13th November 2017

2nd February 2018

On demand entries


Six weeks' notice


Examination type


A Levels

£100 per A Level unit


£50 per unit

Functional Skills

£50 per unit


£100 per unit


Enquiries dependant on specification


(e.g. 4 A Level units will cost 4 x £100 = £400)

Please note all fees are non-refundable. These include the following fees – Awarding body registration fee(s); Invigilation fees; rooming costs and all administration and certification costs.

To make an enquiry please complete the Exam Service Enquiry form for additional information and we will endeavour to respond within 5 working days.

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