A Level Exam Timetable

A LEVEL EXAM TIMETABLE

It takes awarding bodies such as AQA and CAIE months to plan timetables for over a million learners across 160 countries. 

With English and Maths being the most popular syllabuses, these exams are normally as early as possible within the exam series to allow for the large volume of papers to be marked afterwards.

The awarding organisations also consider the impacts on learners.  For example, they will try to avoid timetabling Maths and English for the same qualification on the same day, or more than one science syllabus for the same qualification.  They will also try to avoid setting papers together that would add up to more than six hours of exams a day.

With A Levels, learners across the UK taking the same exam are in the exam or under supervision at the same time.  Therefore students can’t access or share exam material until everyone has finished.

If you are taking multiple subjects, sometimes you may find a clash with the exams.  It is important that you speak with the head of centre when booking your exams as they may need to arrange a timetable deviation which will resolve any timetable clashes. 

You can check the current timetable for your subject below.  Please note that sometimes there will be changes and therefore it is good to keep a look out for any updates.  Also, the exam centre where you have your exams booked will be able to advise you further.

AQA

CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (CAIE) EXAM TIMETABLE (IGCSE)

A Level Exam Centres

A LEVEL EXAM CENTRES

If you are booking exams as a private candidate, you will need to look into this approximately six months prior to the exam series.  For example, if you are looking to sit your A Level exams in the June series, you would ideally need to have these booked by January so that you can ensure there is a place available for you at your chosen centre. 

Also, if you book your exams in advance, this will avoid late deadline fees later on.

AQA

AQA have a large range of centres within the UK.  Their list of centres is easy to navigate though and can be found here:

AQA Exam Centre List

CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (CAIE)

Cambridge offer the majority of exam centres available all over the world.  Their list of centres is easy to navigate though and can be found here:

CAIE Exam Centre List

OTHER CENTRES

Some centres on the list may say that they are not offering exams to private candidates. 

Sometimes, it is worth still exploring this centre as an option as the lists on the awarding body websites is not always up to date.

A Levels UK

A Levels

The A Level is a subject-based qualification also known as the General Certificate of Education.

A Levels were introduced in England and Wales in 1951 to replace the Higher School Certificate.

A Levels are typically worked towards over two years, however learners can complete them within one year.

Normally, students take three or four A Level courses in their first year of sixth form, and most taking four cut back to three in their second year.

This is because university offers are normally based on three A Level grades, and taking a fourth can have an impact on grades. Unlike other level-3 qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate, A Levels have no specific subject requirements, so students have the opportunity to combine any subjects they wish to take.

However, students normally pick their courses based on the degree they wish to pursue at university: most degrees require specific A Levels for entry.