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Your Exam Centre(s) and About Us

Tutors & Exams is staffed by colleagues who, collectively, have over 100 years of experience working within the education sector.  The senior management team, headed by company founders Jenny & Chris Spraggett, have formerly been employed as managers for Awarding Organisations, Exams Officers at large comprehensive schools or have worked within corporate environments.

Our assessment services are primarily aimed at those outside of mainstream education e.g. Home Educated learners, Private Candidates and we strive to make your examination experience the best it can possibly be.

Since the organisation was first established in 2014, headquartered in Coventry, we now have a network of exam centres nationwide with more planned to open in the coming years.  All of our exam centres are close to major transport hubs (road/rail) with nearby parking facilities, and in the locality of amenities (cafe’s etc) where chaperones are able wait while examinations take place.

Each of our centres is staffed by at least two colleagues who have a wide range of examination knowledge and experience to guide you through the complexities of arranging your assessment requirements be it A Levels, GCSEs, IGCSEs, Functional Skills or university distance learning examinations. Tutors & Exams are able to assess over 95% of A Level/GCSE specifications offered by Awarding Organisations, ensuring the vast majority of our learners examination requirements can be catered for in one exam centre. At a stroke removing the potential need for a learner to sit different subject exams in multiple exam centres.

Booking your place at one of our exam centres couldn’t be simpler, you just need to register your intention by completing our online application form.

Rest assured we do our utmost to ensure the safety and well-being of all learners, irrespective of ability, age, gender orientation, race or religious beliefs. All centre colleagues are professionally trained and hold enhanced DBS (formally CRB) status.

Accessibility for learners and removing barriers to assessment is part of our DNA.  Whatever your examination requirements we will endeavour to meet them. Do not hesitate to contact us with any query you might have.

Your Private Candidate Exam Centre is approved by the country’s leading Awarding Organisations for:

  • GCSE
  • iGCSE
  • Pearson International GCSE
  • A-Levels
  • International A-Levels
  • Professional qualifications
  • University distance learning
  • Functional Skills
  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualifications

The range of qualifications/subjects we offer can be found here.  If the assessment(s) you require is not listed please feel free to contact us and we will endeavour to assist you.

Helping learners that don't normally have direct access to assessment opportunities:

Despite receiving no public funding, over the last seven years Tutors & Exams have enabled thousands of learners, outside of mainstream education, to take examinations in a safe and secure environment. Even more so in recent years given many schools no longer offer examination provision to ‘private candidates’.

We have partnered up with many of the largest and long established Distance Learner Partners (DLPs) as well as numerous tuition companies to provide their learners with examination venues and discounted entry fees.  Details of our partners can be found here.

In addition to our exam centres we have also invested in our own dedicated science laboratory in Birmingham to support the delivery of A Level Science CPACs (Common Practical Assessment Criteria) for those learners that require endorsement(s) on their certificate(s). We also partner with schools in London and the Northwest, using their labs and tutors, to deliver A Level Science practical’s, offering unrivalled CPAC coverage in the UK.

 

Awarding Organisation Information

What are Awarding Organisations and what do they do?

Awarding Organisations are companies that design, develop, deliver and award the recognition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and/or competences) of an individual following an assessment and quality assurance process. Four Awarding Organisations in England deliver A Levels, GCSEs and Functional Skills, recognised and authorised to do so by the exam regulator, Ofqual. These are; Pearson EdexcelAQAOCR Eduqas. Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) offer IGCSEs and International A Levels in the UK, alongside Pearson offering International GCSEs, although none of these qualifications fall under the remit of Ofqual.

According to the Federation of Awarding Bodies website there over 160 ‘Awarding Bodies’ in the UK regulated by one of the public regulators governing qualifications in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (i.e. Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales and CCEA respectively).

Meet your Team

The Tutors & Exams team is made up of Senior Management, Operational, Finance, Marketing and SEN (Special Educational Needs) specialists. We aim to give you the very latest and best guidance on any assessment queries you may have. Tutor & Exams colleagues are here to support you throughout the whole assessment process, from initial enquiry to certification.

Testimonials

Tutors and Exams have been excellent right from the start. Always there to listen and look for solutions. Thanks

TIFFANY EDWARDS

Excellent service. Jenny and Chris have been really great, knowledgeable and understanding throughout. First class!

DAVID ATKINSON

What a wonderful service provided by this professional but caring team. They could not have done more to create the very best environment for our children to sit their GCSE and IGCSE exams. Great venue with a large car park (Barracks car park) 2 minutes away. Highly recommended!

SIMON PATRICK

SCL are so thankful that we had the support of T&E as we would have struggled without the calm supportive approach of T&E throughout COVID 19 and the strange processes that we all needed to deal with regarding exams! T&E were very proactive in liaising from day one with all awarding bodies and keeping us fully informed of all processes.

SCL (DLP)

This is an overdue but heartfelt message of thanks to you, Jenny and your whole team for your help and support with the submission of predicted grades. The response of everyone we worked with was professional and cordial, even as you held our feet to the fire.
We have learned a lot from the experience, and if we need to go into this jungle again, which seems likely, there is no-one we would rather have as our partner than T&E.

We look forward to an ongoing and deepening relationship. We think there is much more we can do together.

PETER NEWELL, CEO WOLSEY HALL

I just wanted to send you a message to thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for all the work you have done in order for me to get the grades I needed. I know it must not have been easy but the more I read about distance learners who have been left without a grade, the more I realise just how lucky I am to be with an exam centre that truly cares. I really mean this when I say I couldn’t have done this without all you.

I’ll always be so grateful and appreciative of all the support I have received from everyone at Tutors and Exams, not just this year but over the last 3 years.

Every single staff member was so sweet and caring and made my experience so enjoyable, and that says something coming from someone who used to have extreme exam anxiety.

TARA JOSHI

I would like to thank Tutors and Exams for their support and professional handling of the GCSE exams for us this year. At such a difficult time, we could not be anymore grateful to you. As private candidates, we were left with very few options and Tutors and Exams have performed exactly as they said at every stage without fail. Our daughter is very much looking forward to commencing her A-Level studies at a local college.

KAREN

When my son had to complete an admissions exam at short notice and his school were unable to help, Tutors and Exams came to the rescue at a moment’s notice. They were extremely reassuring, helpful and totally professional. I would not hesitate in recommending them and in fact, using them in the future.

AMANDA

Tutors & Exams Bolton accommodated my daughter as a displaced candidate when the 6th form she was due to take her GCSEs at decided that they could no longer give calculated grades to Private Candidates just before the deadline.
Despite the late notice they went above and beyond to fit in a number of candidates who would otherwise have been unable to progress to 6th form. When some grades had been moderated down, they carried out an appeal for students and the grades were subsequently increased by the exam board.
They have been friendly and professional and extremely helpful thorough out.
Would definitely recommend as an exam centre.

REBECCA NELSON

I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DID FOR DILLON IN HELPING HIM TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN A PREDICTED GRADE. HE GOT 2 PASSES IN HIS ENGLISH AND MATHS. DILLON HAS BEEN THROUGH SUCH A HARD TIME SINCE THE AGE OF 13 WHEN HE BECAME UNWELL. IT’S SOMETIMES SEEMED THAT EVERYTHING HAS BEEN AGAINST HIM OVER THE YEARS. MAINTAINING HOPE HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE. IMAGINE HOW WE FELT TO BE HELPED BY SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T EVEN KNOW US! ONCE AGAIN YOUR GESTURE MEANT SO MUCH DILLON AND ME AND WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS. HE IS OVER THE MOON TO HAVE ACTUALLY PASSED HIS EXAMS AND IT’S BEEN A REAL BOOST TO HIS CONFIDENCE AND HAS ENABLED HIM TO MOVE FORWARD IN HIS EDUCATION.

KAREN


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