Qualifications Wales publishes guidance for private candidates for 2021

Friday 16 Apr 2021

Private candidates need to act now as the deadline for entries is 26 April.

Qualifications Wales has published guidance for private candidates who are taking approved Wales only qualifications this year.  Private candidates are learners who do not typically study at a school or college and are not automatically entered for qualifications by a school or college. This includes school-age learners who are educated at home by their parents or carers, or private tutors, or adults who study independently or via distance learning.  

The WJEC deadline for centres in Wales to send entries for private candidates is 26 April 2021. Private candidates need to have made suitable arrangements with a centre before this date.  

There are two routes available to private candidates for 2021 assessments.  Where a private candidate already has a relationship with a school or college and that centre is prepared to enter the learner for qualifications, then arrangements can continue as planned and their Centre Determined Grade(s) will be produced in the same way as for learners who attend the school or college.   

For private candidates without an existing relationship with a centre, Welsh Government has worked with local authorities to ensure there are centres that will accommodate private candidates, and  that these are available and accessible across Wales.  Welsh Government has published a list of contact details of centres in Wales, by local authority, that candidates can approach to find a centre that will arrange assessment of their work.  

Qualifications Wales has already published detailed guidance to explain how learners will be assessed in 2021.  

Ofqual has put in place arrangements for learners taking GCSEs, AS and A levels offered by AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC  Eduqas. Further information is available in the guidance.

Philip Blaker,  Chief  Executive  of Qualifications  Wales  said:  “It is essential that private candidates have access to qualifications in these exceptional times. This year, we are facing new challenges and we want to make sure that private candidates across Wales can complete their qualifications. This guidance provides detailed information on the steps they need to take.”