Post 16 Academy
GCSE exams are written and run by a number of authorised national exam boards. On each course page you will find information about the exam boards whose specification we follow – this is the exam board that you should register with.
You will sit your exams at an authorised exam centre in your country. Sometimes it may be possible to sit your exams at a British international school or the British embassy in your country, but you will need to make enquiries about this.
Dartford Excelsior does not run any exam centres. You will need to make your own enquiries with each exam board about where and when you can take the exams. They are used to getting these enquiries and will have a section of their websites dedicated to students who are sitting exams independently.
Exam fees are not included in your course fee. Please make enquiries with each exam board directly about the exam fees – different courses may have different fees. Exam centres may also charge a fee in addition to the exam fee so please also confirm this with your chosen exam centre.
What to ask before you enrol on a course
We advise that you contact exam boards and exam centres to ensure that you are able to register at an approved exam centre before enrolling onto one of our courses.
If you are planning on going on to further study, professional qualifications or an apprenticeship, please confirm that the qualification you are preparing for with us will meet the entry requirements for that next course before you enrol on one of our courses.
Our courses are designed to be flexible, allowing you to plan your learning around your other commitments. This means that for most of our courses, you can enrol at any time of the year.
However, this does not mean that you can sit your exams at any time of the year. Exam boards have set exam sessions. They also have deadlines for registering for each session. Please confirm with each exam board when their next available exam sessions are, and the cut-off date for registration, and factor that into your study plan.
Duration of study
We are very proud of the ambition and drive that we see in our Post-16 Academy students. However, we urge students to be realistic about the amount of time they have to study, the amount of content they have to cover, and the next available exam session. For those studying full time, it will take at least 18 months without any half-term or summer breaks to truly prepare for a GCSE paper if you’ve never sat it before. Those familiar with the course content or able to work at an accelerated pace (able to dedicate 20+ hours a week to study) may be able to complete the preparation in 9 months, but this will still be a stretch. Remember that conventional schools usually take 2 – 3 years to cover the content for one GCSE course. Please keep this in mind when making your learning plan.