Exam Service

The College has a dedicated Exams Office, with staff who ensure examinations are efficiently organised and exam results are promptly delivered to students. They are also on hand to help students with any queries they may have about exams and to organise copies of exam scripts and re-takes if necessary.

The JCQ documents shown below should be read before candidates take external exams at this centre. It is also recommended that the College’s own exam arrangement document be read so that candidates are fully prepared.

Information for candidates for written examinations (AQA, City & Guilds, CCEA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC)
Information for candidates for non-examination assessments (AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC)
Information for Candidates – On-Screen Tests
Information for candidates – Privacy Notice
Information for candidates – Coursework Assessments
Information for candidates – Using Social Media
College Exam Arrangements
College BTEC Policy

Exam Results Procedures

After students leave the College, the Exams Office provide a service to students that supports enrolments at university or proof of grades for employers, by way of the official exam certificates. These certificates are available for collection from the Exams Office from 1 December.

Methods of Collection
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, past students will not be able to visit the College to collect their certificates. If you’ve completed your studies between 2015 – 2019 and have not collected your certificates, we can provide a postal service. Visit the ParentPay website and pay £3.00 via card payment and the exams office will post your certificates by first class recorded delivery. Alternatively, you can wait and visit the exams office when the pandemic is over. We hold certificates for up to 5 years from the year you completed your studies.

When we can resume collections in person, students should arrange an appointment with the Exams Office to collect certificates by telephoning 0121 704 2581 ext 4800 or emailing exams@solihullsfc.ac.uk. For those that are unable to collect their certificates in person, they have the following options:

A Nominated Person: This person can come into College to collect certificates on a student’s behalf. However, this person MUST have a letter, signed by the student, giving them permission to collect on their behalf. A prior appointment must be made with the Exams Office by calling 0121 704 2581 ext 4800 or emailing exams@solihullsfc.ac.uk.

If you are unable to collect or nominate someone to collect your certificates on your behalf, please ring the Exams Office to discuss other options.

Lost Certificates
In the unfortunate event that exam certificates are lost, students will need to apply directly to the Awarding Bodies for replacement statement of results at a cost of approximately £40. Listed below are the direct links to Awarding Body Websites.

AQA Past Results
Edexcel Replacement Results
OCR Lost  Certificates
WJEC Replacement Certificates

How to apply for a review of marking or copies of scripts:

Should you wish to apply for a review of marking or copy of exam papers we would recommend that you apply online via Parentpay in August/September. Students are able to use their own debit/credit card if they prefer. If you are not able to pay online, please print off the application form from Moodle Exams page. Complete the form and take it to the Exams Office with the appropriate payment. Please note, the Awarding Bodies have strict deadlines in which to apply for a review of marking or copy of exam papers.

Deadlines & Fees

Priority Review of Marking (£65) – Strictly for those students whose University place is dependent on the outcome of review of marking. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2.00pm on 22 August (review of marking should be complete within 18 calendar days).

Review of Marking (£55) – This is a review of the original marking to ensure that the agreed mark scheme has been applied correctly. A copy of the reviewed script can be ordered at the same time for £20 (this is sent separately). APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2.00pm on 19 September (review should be complete within 30 calendar days).

Priority Copy of Exam Paper (£20) – This is for the SOLE purpose of deciding whether to apply for a review of marking. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2.00pm on 22 August.

Return of Original Exam Paper (£15) – You will receive your original exam paper and therefore you will not be allowed to apply for a review. This is useful for revision if you are considering a re-sit. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2.00pm on 26 September.

Exam Re-Sits

Information on how to apply for re-sits for summer 2020 will be available on the Exams Moodle page in Autumn 2019. However, please note, The Sixth Form College, Solihull only accept re-sit entries from ex-students under exceptional circumstances and this must be approved by the Exams Manager.

External Candidate Re-sit Exam Entry Criteria:

Acceptance as an External Candidate for re-sit will be based on the following:

  • If you have been accepted on a course at University or HE then you will not be allowed to re-sit. Only candidates whose place is dependent on their grades will be permitted.
  • Attendance at lessons must have been 90% or above.
  • No current or outstanding commitment issues recorded whilst studying at College.
  • Extenuating circumstances, which prevented you from sitting an exam in the summer.
  • Only re-sits of exams already attempted at College can be accepted. Entries to new exams will not be allowed.
  • We do not allow external candidates to re-sit coursework/practical units in any subject.

Check back for further information about summer exams 2020 later in the year.

Important – Contingency Day

Reminder to all Candidates sitting A level and GCSE Examinations in 2020. The Awarding Bodies have agreed a ‘contingency day’ which is Wednesday 24 June 2020 for examinations. This contingency date has been set aside to address any national or local disruption which may arise during the June 2020 examinations series. Consequently, it is advised that candidates do not plan a holiday or be at any distance from college before 25th June 2020. Thank you for your cooperation.


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