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Exams at York Learning

Exams don’t have to be daunting and it’s never too late to take them.

Whether you’re taking an accredited course with us or want to sit an exam as a private candidate, here is everything you need to know.

Internal Exams

If you complete an accredited course with us, such as English or maths, Counselling or Bookkeeping, your tutor will discuss arrangements for your exam with you during the course. The type of exam you sit will depend on your course but your tutor will work with you in the weeks preceding the exam to ensure you are ready.

In many cases you will be able to sit your exam during your normal class time and venue, but we may occasionally ask you to attend at another time or venue. We’ll work with you to find an appropriate time wherever this is possible.

If there is a cost to your exam this is normally included in the price of the course at enrolment (but any subsequent resits may incur a cost).

If you require an additional support to complete an exam, or if you qualify for extra time, please ensure that your tutor knows as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

External/Private Exams

Exam Boards

We are a registered exam centre for GCSE exams, so you can choose to sit your English or Maths GCSEs with us as a private candidate. Please get in touch with us at exams.yorklearning@york.gov.uk to find out more.


Dates and times for exams are set by the exam boards, and are not flexible. Morning sessions will always start at 9am, while afternoon sessions start at 1:30pm. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time of the exam so that the exams can start promptly.


Each exam is individually priced by the exam boards, and costs are available on the exam board’s websites. As well as the cost of the exam, you will need to pay an admin fee and an invigilator fee, which will vary depending on how many exams you wish to sit.  Please contact exams.yorklearning@york.gov.uk for more information.


GCSE and A Level exam results are released on a date set by the exam boards and are not available until this date. In 2017 these dates are:

GCSE (November 2016 exams) – Thursday 11th January 2018

International GCSE (January 2018 exams) – Thursday 1st May 2018

A Level (Summer 2018 exams) – Thursday 16th August
GCSE (Summer 2018 exams) – Thursday 23rd August

Results will be available to collect from York Learning (Desk 22, West Offices, Station Rise) between 9am and 2.30pm on the dates listed above. Any results not collected by this time will be posted out to you. If you would prefer to receive your results by post or email, please let us know before results day, by emailing the exams team at exams.yorklearning@york.gov.uk.

Results for Functional Skills exams are normally released about six weeks after the exam. Your tutor or outreach worker will contact you to inform you of the results and discuss any next steps with you.

Post Results Service

Post Results Services include clerical checks, reviews of marking, remarks and accessing copies of exam scripts.

Please find below ‘Post Results Services Information Leaflet’ and ‘Post Results Services Request & Candidate Consent Form’. They clearly set out the requirement and the action a candidate should take and the expected result of that action if a Post Result Service is requested. The deadlines are specified, as are the costs for access to scripts and enquiries about results. In order to proceed with any Post Results Service request, you must fully complete and sign the consent form.


Certificates are normally released a few months after the results of an exam. You will be notified once we have received your certificate from the examination board.

In 2017-2018 these dates are:

November 2017 exams: by 24 February 2018
January 2018 exams: by 26 May 2018
Summer 2018 exams: by 31 October 2017

Whenever possible certificates should be collected from City of York Council, York Learning, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA. If we do need to post them they are sent via Recorded (signed for) delivery.
York Learning cannot be held responsible for items lost in the post.
The cost of a re-placement certificate is currently £39 plus an administration fee of £10 .

Information for Candidates

The following documents from JCQ (The Joint Council for Qualifications) have been written to help you. Please read them carefully and follow the instructions. If there is anything that you do not understand please contact the exams officer.