Find the answers to common questions about our qualifications and subjects, including courses we offer and when you can take exams.
You can find out more about our qualifications and which subjects we offer by visiting the ‘Qualifications’ section of our website.
Most BTECs contain a large proportion of internal assessment, where your school or college sets and marks the assignments. This is a lot of work and schools and colleges usually insist that students taking these courses are enrolled full-time at their institution.
There is a range of distance learning providers who offer customised versions of our BTECs. These have been specifically designed to allow for home study. You should contact the distance learning providers directly for more information on these courses. If you're not sure where to start, try searching online for the qualification you want to take and the phrase ‘distance learning’ - for example, ‘BTEC Agriculture distance learning’.
You can take exams at different times during the year, depending on the qualification.
To find out when you can take your exam visit our 'Exam timetables' page.
If you are planning to complete a GCSE during or after June 2014
All GCSEs will need to be completed as linear qualifications. This means you will need to sit all of the units in the same exam session and most units will only be available in June.
They’re codes for categorising our qualifications and are often referred to as ‘entry codes’.Your centre can find codes for the subjects you want to take in our information manual.The image below shows where to find the entry codes in the information manual.
No. However, there’s very little point in taking an exam if you’re unprepared for it. We recommend that you review your chosen subject’s assessment criteria to ensure you can take the exam confidently.
The assessment criteria can be found in each subject’s specification. You can find the specifications for all of our qualifications in the 'Qualifications' section of our website.
Yes, but your host centre must apply for it on your behalf through the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).This extra support is called ‘access arrangements’ and it’ll be given to candidates based on their historical need for the requested arrangement. Here are some examples of the support you can apply for:
Whether you want to take an exam for a course you've studied, find an Edexcel centre outside of the UK or take a BTEC Apprenticeship, you can get help on our find a centre pages.
Information about finding a centre in your area.
Registering and paying for a private candidate
Specifications and resources