Access arrangements are made before an examination series to enable a candidate with particular requirements to demonstrate attainment.
For most qualifications, detailed information can be found in the JCQ Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments. Please see the current academic year’s document to keep up to date with any changes.
Different arrangements apply to Functional Skills qualifications, which are not covered by the JCQ regulations and guidance. See the specific detailed guidance:
Specific guidance on applying extra time has been provided for the following qualifications:
Additional guidance and advice for PE has also been provided:
Apply for access arrangements as soon as possible after the course has begun:
Contact the Special Requirements Team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have concerns about meeting a published deadline.
Make sure you specify which access arrangements you are applying for, especially if you select 'Other'.
Section C of Form 8 must be signed by the person who undertook the testing. Please provide sufficient detail in your application to justify or show eligibility for the arrangements being requested. Failure to do so will delay the processing of the application and may result in a request for further information or a rejection.
In all cases, consider the nature of the assessment being undertaken. For example, marks cannot be awarded to a candidate for work undertaken by a scribe or practical assistant in the realisation of design, performance and artwork.
Similarly, a human reader is not allowed to read questions testing reading in GCSE English Language papers (although a computer reader is permitted).
Further restrictions can be found in the JCQ Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments document.
Cover sheets can be downloaded from Access Arrangements Online; blank cover sheets can also be downloaded from the JCQ website.
Place all OCR cover sheets, additional answer booklets and word-processed pages inside the completed question paper or answer booklet and do not attach them using a treasury tag or any other fastening.
Make sure candidates add their full name, candidate and centre number, unit/component code plus the page number, in each header or footer of any separate word-processed pages.
Emergency access arrangements can be made for unforeseen circumstances arising at the time of the examination by applying online or via the appropriate forms as described above.
If you have missed a published deadline, please contact the Special Requirements Team for advice at email@example.com.
Download the latest key dates information from the Key dates and timetables page for details of final order dates for modified papers.
The majority of question papers are already modified for language and you do not need to request these separately. The standard formats available are:
If you placed an order for non-interactive electronic question papers using Access Arrangements Online (AAO), the PDFs can be accessed via Interchange on the day of the exam. They are uploaded from 7.30am or noon for morning and afternoon sessions respectively. (If demand is high, please be aware it could take up to 30 minutes for a paper to be uploaded.)
To access these PDFs in Interchange, click on 'Resources and materials' and then 'Emergency exam papers'. The question papers are in PDF format. They can be read on-screen but cannot be typed into.
If you are printing the PDFs onto coloured paper, please staple the sheets together before giving them to your candidate.