Access Arrangements

Edexcel and OCR
Edexcel and OCR fall under JCQ regulations for all matters relating to examinations, including access arrangements. In recent years, JCQ procedures regarding access arrangements have become significantly more daunting for those sitting exams as private candidates. As a result, in order to fully comply with JCQ regulations, NorthStarWorldwide has to apply some quite rigorous and time-consuming procedures for candidates who require any access arrangements. This includes the need for ALL candidates with learning difficulties to be assessed by our own specialist assessor, irrespective of prior documentary evidence. To assist families with this process, we have created the following ‘Establishing Need – Flow Chart-JCQ‘. Please download and review this document. In addition, please refer to our ‘Fees & Dates‘ page for deadline dates for applications requiring access arrangements.

Cambridge Assessments International Examinations
CAiE do not fall under the JCQ regulatory framework. Nevertheless, there is a growing understanding that JCQ protocols are regarded as good practice. Broadly speaking, therefore, we will, in the main, apply JCQ requirements to those applications that we receive for access arrangements for candidates sitting CAiE examinations. The one area where this differs is with regard to accepting documentary evidence of need. In order to qualify for access arrangements, we will need to see medical, psychological or educational documentary evidence from a suitably qualified professional, clearly indicating the level of disability that the candidate has to cope with. To assist families with the application process, we have created the following ‘Establishing Need – Flow Chart-CAiE‘. Please download and review this document. In addition, please refer to our ‘Fees & Dates‘ page for deadline dates for applications requiring access arrangements.

Ideally, if you require access arrangements, you should contact us as early as possible to ensure that we have places available and that we are able to assist you.