Private candidates

Private Candidates pursue a course of study independently but take an examination and/or assessment at an approved WJEC examination centre (school or college). Private candidates are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with a school or college that is prepared to:


(a) make the necessary examination accommodation available and;

(b) conduct, supervise, mark and authenticate any non-examination units/components


Private candidates should find a school/college before they start their studies. We can only accept entries for candidates who have an arrangement in place.


We do not hold records of the schools/colleges that are willing to make arrangements for private candidates. If you experience difficulty locating such a school/college in your area, we would advise that you contact your Local Education Authority for advice.


Further information relating to the procedures for private candidates can be found in this booklet.


June 2021 series


Qualifications Wales has issued specific guidance to centres regarding private candidates, alongside the information published within its ‘Guidance on alternative arrangements for approved GCSEs, AS and A levels’. Both of these documents are available on the Qualifications Wales website here.

In addition, Qualifications Wales has now published specific guidance for private candidates which can be found on their website here and Welsh Government has published details of centres in Wales willing to accept private candidates for the June 2021 series on their website here.


We are providing greater flexibility for private candidates this year and will not be charging late entry fees until after the 26th April 2021.


Information on the Review and Appeal arrangements for private candidates assessed by WJEC are available here.