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Examination Information

This page provides key information relating to examinations at Wellacre Academy.

Wellacre Academy offers a wide range of external examinations from GCSEs through to vocational qualifications such as BTECs. We are a registered examination centre for the following awarding bodies; AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Prince's Trust, and WJEC.


External Examination Timetable


Examination Certificates for Leavers

Students will be able to collect their certificates after November and by prior arrangement. Please contact exams(at) to arrange a collection date and time. As certificates are kept for a limited period, we may need to give you further guidance on how to obtain a replacement from the relevant examination board. Unfortunately, we are not able to post certificates as they are valuable documents which are expensive to replace and for which we require a signature.


Internal and Mock Examination Timetables


Examination Times

Most external examinations at Wellacre Academy will start in the morning at 08:30 and in the afternoon at 13:30. Examination timetables and seating plans will be available daily on a notice board in the Entrance Hall and outside examination venues during each examination season. Students must ensure that they arrive at the examination venue at least 10 minutes before the start time of the examination that they are taking. Parents will need to ensure that suitable travel arrangements exist for students where examinations finish after normal school hours.

Equipment Required for Examinations

Please can Students and their Parents ensure that they bring the appropriate equipment to all examinations. To avoid delays at the start of the examination disadvantaging all candidates, equipment will not be lent out in the exam venue until the exam has commenced, hence students need to ensure that they arrive at the venue with all of the equipment that they require. This should include:

• A scientific calculator (check the batteries)

• A ruler

• 2 Black ink pens (biro, roller ball, etc.)

• 2 pencils (sharp, and of appropriate hardness – i.e. HB – 2H)

• An eraser

• A Pencil sharpener

• A selection of coloured pencils

and for some Mathematics examinations:

• A compass

• A protractor


Please note also that correction fluid is not allowed to be used and students must not bring a mobile telephone, a smartwatch or pager with them to the examination room, as the possession of one could lead to them being disqualified in that particular subject by the Examination Board. 

Candidate Examination Rules, Advice and Information

Examination Rules and Guidance Examination Rules and Guidance-2020-21-Website-version.pdf

Controlled Assessments

Controlled Assessment is similar to coursework in many ways but is carried out under supervised conditions. It aims to give candidates an opportunity to show what they know about a certain topic or area of a subject. For more information see the JCQ Notice to Candidates – Controlled Assessments

Avoiding Plagiarism

Ofqual, in partnership with “plagiarism”, has published three new guides to give teachers, students and parents a greater understanding of how to produce honest, authentic and correctly referenced work. The guides are available for download from The Student Guide also describes how sources can be checked for authenticity, authority and accuracy using a range of techniques including specific advice about popular wiki resources, such as Wikipedia, which the guide highlights as an excellent starting point for research, providing that the material is verified using authoritative sources! The Parents Guide includes additional background information on the subject of plagiarism.  


Other Useful Websites and Guides

Some website links to assist with revision and exams in general are listed below. Please click on the headings:

Exams Advice for Students from AQA Examination Board

Examzone from Edexcel Examination Board

Information for Learners for OCR Examination Board

BBC’s GCSE Bitesize Revision

• Coursework A guide for parents QCA | View or Download

• GCSE Student Guide | View or Download

Edexcel Student,parents and adult learners Information






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