A private candidate is someone who takes an examination or assessment at an approved examination centre but studies independently.
They may be, for example, a part-time student, someone taking a distance learning course or someone being tutored privately.
Exams are scheduled to go ahead in summer 2022. Take a look at the timetable that has been published. We’ve summarised the package of measures announced by the Department for Education/Ofqual to support students taking GCSEs, AS and A Level exams in summer 2022 in our news story. These include optionality (a choice of topics), advance information to help your students' revision, as well as support material your students can use in some GCSE Science and GCSE Maths exams. To support students, we've provided a summary of what you can expect from the advance information when it is published. See our latest subject information update which lists the adaptations and non-exam assessment (NEA) for your AS, A Level and GCSE subject for summer 2022 exams. These apply to summer 2022 only.
The Department for Education and Ofqual have also announced information about contingencies for 2022 if exams could not go ahead. This would be based on teacher assessed grades (TAGs), similar to 2021. While the intention is for exams to take place next summer, guidance has been published for schools and colleges on collecting evidence of student work for the rest of this year in case exams were cancelled. Guidance and a letter to students are available from Ofqual. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has also published a set of summer 2022 contingency FAQs that includes responses to many of the specific questions facing private candidates regarding these assessments.
You can find details of fees in the OCR fees list. These fees should be treated as an indication only. Although your centre will charge you the relevant fees for the cost of the assessments you are taking, they may also charge an administrative fee. These vary from centre to centre, so you will need to clarify this with the exams officer at your centre.