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.

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.

GCSE exam results are released on a date set by the exam boards and are not available until this date. When you sit your exam, you will be given information about when and how you will get your results.

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 and Appeals

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

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about any of these options after your exam results, please contact exams.yorklearning@york.gov.uk.


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.

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 .

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.