Exams at ncn

Exams for private/external candidates

New College Nottingham's offering examination service for private/external candidates.

New College Nottingham (ncn) is now offering an exam-only service for private and external candidates. We accept candidates interested in taking on-screen and paper-based written exams.

Please note that we cannot accept candidates for coursework, performance, oral and practical units or written exams linked to practical units such as GCSE or 'A' Level Science ISAs. If you are unsure if your exam qualifies, please contact our Exams team with your name and number and they will get back to you.

This exam-only service does not include access to ncn resources such as LRCs, tuition sessions and additional learning support. If you previously received learning support and had an exam entitlement, this will not be put in place for you as an external candidate.

Examination fees for private/external candidates

Examination type


A Levels

£90 per A Level unit (e.g. 4 A Level units will cost 4 x £90 = £360)


£45 per individual GCSE module


£90 per subject


Please find out more by calling the exams team on 0115 9 100 100 or by emailing the team.

Please note that all fees are non-refundable and cover awarding body entry fees, costs associated with rooming, invigilation and all of the exam administration including issuing and posting the results.

How to enrol

To enrol go to any ncn reception and complete an external candidate exam entry form with full details of the exam(s) you wish to sit. Payment will be also taken at this point. The information you provide on the form must be accurate as it will be used to make the exam entry with the awarding body. The information can be found on your most recent results slip or by contacting your previous place of study. Before you enrol, it is your responsibility to check whether you have taken the maximum attempts of this exam.

Deadlines for enrolment - 2016/2017

NCN can no longer accept External Candidate enrolments for May/ June 2017. Our deadline has been advertised since September and has now passed. We are not in a position to accept late entries. If you need to sit Exams in May/ June 2017 – please contact your chosen Awarding Body, and they may be able to advise regarding centres that will accept late entries.


Exam type

Exam series

Registration options

Deadline date

GCSE Maths and GCSE English (exam only)

November 2016

Now open

Friday 30 September 2016


January 2017

Monday 19 September 2016

Friday 21 October 2016

GCSEs/IGCSEs/ A Level (exam only)

May/June 2017

Monday 5 December 2016

Friday 10 February 2017

We do not accept late entries. Please email the exams team for additional information.

On screen exams will be confirmed once registration has been processed.

Once your enrolment form has been processed the exams department will contact you with confirmation and provide details of dates, times and location of the exam. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you are available to attend as the date and time of an exam is set by the awarding body, not by ncn, and, therefore, is non-negotiable.

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