The department exists to guide you through the exams process and to ensure that you understand the arrangements that have been made for you.

We understand that examinations can be stressful and we want each examination series to run as smoothly as possible enabling you to be able to concentrate on achieving your personal goals for academic success and the future.

Collection of Exam Certificates

Certificates issued from the Exam Boards for the summer examination series, will be distributed to all students currently enrolled in college via their Tutor Group.

Certificates for ‘former’ students will be distributed at the Annual Reunion and Awards Evening in December. Formal invitations to this event will be posted to students during October.

Former students who do not attend this event should collect their certificates from the Examinations Department during term time in January between 9.00 am - 4.00 pm.

If you nominate someone else to collect your certificates on your behalf, please pass to them a signed letter from yourself giving that authorisation. The letter should state your name and candidate number and date of birth. The nominated person should also bring their own photographic ID (ie: Passport or Photographic Driving Licence).

The certificates are very important and are not possible to replace which is why the College is very reluctant to post them out to students.

We rely on students letting us know if they have changed their address, and you MUST let us know if this is the case. Certificates will be posted to the current address we have on our records. Any certificates not collected by the end of January will be posted out by second class mail to the last known address held on college records. Please be aware that the College cannot take responsibility if these are lost in the post or sent to an incorrect address on our database as a result of a failure to notify the college of your new address.

Resit Fees for Summer 2018
4 unit
2 AS units
and 2 A2 units
Price per unit
6 unit
3 AS units
and 3 A2 units
Price per unit
Reformed AS Reformed A Level
AQA £28.00 £24.00 £46.00 £87.00
AQA L3 Certificate N/A £28.00 N/A N/A
Pearson £32.00 £26.00 £68.00 N/A
OCR £28.00 £24.00 £55.00 £93.00
WJEC £28.00 £24.00 £47.00 £93.00

Summary of Exam Regulations

Do not under any circumstances bring a mobile phone, electronic device or any other unauthorised material into the exam room. These items are strictly forbidden and you may be disqualified if you do not adhere to these rules. Mobile phones may be left in your locker or with the General Office where a ticket system is in operation.

Remember to bring everything you need with you to each exam such as rulers, calculators (if allowed), protractors, etc. You are not allowed to borrow equipment and we are unable to provide any equipment at the start of an exam. From September 2007 there has been a change to JCQ regulations - you must write in black ink - unless instructed otherwise.

All morning examinations start at 9.15 am and afternoon examinations start at 1.45 pm. If you are doing more than one exam in a any session you must still arrive at 9.15 am or 1.45 pm.

If you are ill on the day of an examination please telephone the College on 01206 500700 or the Exams Office on 01206 500718/500789 to let us know.

There is a full version of these exam regulations available on the reverse of your personal exams timetable.

Downloadable Documents

An application capable of opening PDF files such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these resources

Final Exam Syllabus List 2018 (PDF, 67 KB)
Provisional Exams Timetable Summer 2019 (PDF, 315 KB)
Post Results Services Summer 2018 (PDF, 343 KB)
Summer 2018 Provisional Exams Timetable (PDF, 664 KB)
IB Examination Syllabus (PDF, 15 KB)
Legacy A Level, Applied, BTEC and GCSE Examination Syllabuses (PDF, 53 KB)
Reformed A-Level and New AS Level Examination Syllabuses (PDF, 42 KB)
Consent Forms
Reviews of Marking Consent Form (2018) (PDF, 187 KB)
Access to scripts (2018) (PDF, 166 KB)

Non Examined Assessments (Coursework)

The Sixth Form College, Colchester is committed to ensuring that, whenever its staff mark candidates’ work, this is done fairly, consistently and in accordance with the awarding body’s specification and subject-specific associated documents. College is committed to ensuring that work produced by candidates is authenticated in line with the requirements of the awarding body. A number of processes are in place to ensure that NEA units are accurately and fairly marked.

Students should be aware that NEA coursework is subject to external moderation, meaning that some or all of candidates’ work from a centre is sent to the exam board. Exam boards can, and frequently do, adjust some or all of the marks awarded by a centre. This process is out of College’s control.

Students who feel that their final NEA marks are incorrect should consider the coursework process as a whole and whether the mark awarded reflects the advice that was given and to what extent this was acted on, remembering that JCQ and exam board rules place significant restrictions on teaching staff concerning the amount of assistance that can ethically be given during the drafting process. Where the student believes that a mark has been inappropriately awarded, a request for a Formal Internal Marking Review can be made. A request for a review must be made as soon as possible after the student has been made aware of the final mark, prior to the marks being submitted by the College to the Awarding Body. The Formal Internal Marking Review protocol is available as part of the Coursework Marking Policy on the Exams area of Moodle, which all students are automatically enrolled on to and are encouraged to read. A message in the Student Handbook also draws students’ attention to this.