Exam Access Arrangements (EAAs) are adaptions made to allow students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) fair and equal access to examinations and formal assessments. Students who are entitled to EAAs will usually have already had these at school. All students must declare their need for EAAs within the first six weeks of their college course to allow for the correct referrals and assessments to be made, and for requests to be submitted to the relevant exam board to meet their deadlines.
EAAs which can be put in place will vary according to individual requirements but could include: a reader, scribe, computer reader, extra time, prompt, separate or smaller room and exam papers in suitable formats (such as large print or coloured paper). Arrangements put in place must be based on evidenced need, and on the student’s normal way of working whilst at College. If a student does not make use of EAAs in examinations these may be removed for subsequent examinations, in consultation with the student.
In most cases students will need to meet with a member of our Specialist Support Team to review their normal way of working and / or carry out an assessment of need to identify whether arrangements put in place at school are still relevant, or to carry out a formal Exam Access Arrangement assessment. Students will be notified of appointments for these assessments through their college emails; the responsibility to attend lies with the student and if they do not attend more than two booked appointments their EAA request will be declined.
For the 2022/23 academic year the deadline for notifying the need for Exam Access Arrangements to Colchester Institute was Friday 21st October 2022. *
Where additional information is required to assess or process an application for Exam Access Arrangements, for example evidence from a medical professional or specialist, this must be provided to Colchester Institute by Friday 4th November 2022.*
Failure to meet these deadlines, or a student not attending their booked assessment appointments, will result in EAAs being declined.
*In cases of a newly identified specific learning difficulty or where a student has a temporary illness or injury at the time of the examination, the College can review cases on an individual basis.
Please read the Colchester Institute Exam Access Arrangement Policy for more information:
Exam Dates 2022/23
The assessment methods for Further Education courses will vary from course to course, not all of these will have formal exams, but many will. Course tutors will advise how students are assessed, and will support them to prepare for and be ready to sit exams where these take place.
In many cases, exam and assessment dates will be organised by the College to suit the needs of the course and the readiness of students, but some courses undertake national public exams which are on the same date and times for everyone and these cannot be changed, these include GCSEs and BTEC qualifications.
GCSE exams Summer 2023
All GCSE exams start at 9.30am and students should aim to arrive by 8.45am at the latest.
|GCSE English Paper 1||Monday 5th June 2023||9.30am||1 hour 45 minutes|
|GCSE English Paper 2||Monday 12th June 2023||9.30am||1 hour 45 minutes|
|GCSE Maths Paper 1 (Non-Calculator)||Friday 19th May 2023||9.30am||1 hour 30 minutes|
|GCSE Maths Paper 2 (Calculator)||Wednesday 7th June 2023||9.30am||1 hour 30 minutes|
|GCSE Maths Paper 3 (Calculator)||Wednesday 14th June 2023||9.30am||1 hour 30 minutes|
Exam Contingency Days
It is important that you are available for all of your exam dates including the exam contingency days listed below. In the event that an exam cannot take place due to significant disruption, it will be rescheduled to one of these dates so please avoid taking any holidays until after this date.
8th June (afternoon)
15th June (afternoon)
28th June (all day)
Non-GCSE Summer Exam Series 2023
All other exams, including BTEC Nationals, take place across the Summer term (mainly in May and June 2023). Your tutor will confirm which exams you have been entered for, when and where these exams will take place and what equipment you will need to bring.
These are national exams which means that the dates and times cannot be changed.
When are results days?
We aim to release all results to students on the dates listed below. If you need information on how to view your results, please see the ‘Receiving your exam results’ section below.
|Level 3 Results||Thursday 17th August 2023|
|Level 1 and 2 Results||Thursday 24th August 2023|
|GCSE Results||Thursday 24th August 2023|
Receiving your exam results
All results should be available to view by midday at the latest on the date(s) listed above.
Please note that there may be exceptions to the date(s) above, so for specific information about results for the qualification that you have studied this year, please see below.
All results will be available to view on the CI Connect App so it is worth downloading this now in preparation for results day. https://www.colchester.ac.uk/ci-connect/
Students will also be able to view their provisional results by logging into their Colchester Institute account online on the Learner Hub here:
We recommend downloading the CI Connect App, or logging into your account using the link above in advance to avoid any problems on results day. If you are unable to log in, please contact email@example.com who can help you. We are anticipating that phone lines will be extremely busy on results days so it’s best to check that you can log in now and contact us in advance if you have any problems.
If you are unhappy with the overall grade received for your GCSE English or Mathematics result issued on 24th August 2023 and wish to be entered for a resit in November 2023, please see the information below for dates, prices and how to make an application.
Who can apply to re-sit in November 2023:
At Colchester Institute, we run GCSE Maths and English re-sit exams in November for our new students (who have enrolled with us in September 2023).
Students can sit the GCSE re-sit exams with awarding bodies: AQA, OCR or Edexcel. We recommend that they chose to re-sit with whichever Awarding Body they used to sit their exams in Summer 2023.
Please note: We do not accept private candidates for GCSE examinations.
Anyone who is interested in resitting their GCSE Maths and English exam(s) in November must pay for the re-sit themselves, this will not be funded by Colchester Institute. This includes students who are entitled to a bursary – they must still fund the re-sit exam themselves*.
The November 2023 GCSE dates are as follows:
|English Paper 1||Tuesday 7th November 2023|
|Maths Paper 1||Wednesday 8th November 2023|
|English Paper 2||Thursday 9th November 2023|
|Maths Paper 2||Friday 10th November 2023|
|Maths Paper 3||Monday 13th November 2023|
For GCSE English, your entry includes two examinations, carrying forward your spoken language grade, and certification (please be aware that you are required to sit both units for this resit).
For GCSE Maths, your entry includes three examinations, and certification (please be aware that you are required to sit all 3 units for this resit).
How to Apply:
Anyone who is interested in resitting their GCSE Maths and English exam(s) in November must pay for the re-sit themselves, this is not funded by Colchester Institute*.
To apply, please pay via the Colchester Institute Online Store by Monday 25th September 2023.
What happens if you have applied for Post Results Service for Summer 2023 Exam Results:
If you have applied for a review of marking or a clerical check on your Summer 2023 Exam Results, you have the option to enter and pay for the relevant November 2023 resit option, but then if the Post Results service outcome means that your grade improves and you no longer want to resit we can withdraw your entry.
As long as you inform us by the end of the day Wednesday 27th September 2023, we can withdraw your entry and refund you (we will retain a £5 administration charge).
If you are enrolled for GCSE English and/or Mathematics as part of your 2023/24 timetable and are considering entering for a resit in November 2023:
As part of college policy, if you are enrolled to attend GCSE English and/or Mathematics as part of your timetable for 2023/24 and enter yourself to resit in November 2023 you will still be expected to attend your timetabled GCSE classes until the results day in January 2024. If on the January results day you achieve a grade 9-4 you will be removed from the GCSE timetable. If you do not achieve grade 9-4 you will continue to attend your GCSE classes and will be entered for the June 2024 examinations free of charge.
*Please be aware that any student, under the age of 18 who hasn’t already achieved a 4 or above in GCSE Maths and/or English and is enrolled on a course at Colchester Institute will automatically be enrolled in GCSE classes and will be entered for the GCSE Exams in Summer 2024 free of charge.