Full details of the procedures to be followed for Access Arrangements and Special Consideration are contained in the JCQ booklet Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration. Copies of the booklet and copies of all relevant forms can be downloaded in PDF format from the JCQ website.
Some examination candidates may be entitled to certain access arrangements, to support them whilst taking examinations.
A wide range of access arrangements are available - e.g. provision of reader, scribe, extra time etc.
All applications for GCE/GCSE 'access arrangements' should now be processed using the online tool (Access Arrangements Online) developed by QCDA and the JCQ awarding bodies. The tool can be accessed from the WJEC secure website, or from the extranets of any of the other awarding bodies. Applications for Entry Level, Basic and Key Skills and Functional Skills should still be made using manual forms, available to download from the Access Arrangements page on the JCQ website.
Most of the applications at GCE/GCSE level should be automatically resolved by using the online tool. In cases where the application is not approved, the tool will allow the Exams Officer to refer the application to the relevant awarding bodies for separate adjudication.
Candidates whose performance in an examination is affected by circumstances beyond their control (illness, bereavement etc) may be entitled to Special Consideration. These procedures are common to all the General Qualification Awarding Bodies.
Special Consideration may be given to eligible candidates who are:
a. Present for an assessment but are disadvantaged,
b. Absent from a time-tabled assessment due to illness or other acceptable reason - this applies to the terminal series (cash-in candidates) only.
Centres should submit an application for both individual candidates and group requests using 'Special Consideration' online, accessible via WJEC's secure website. The original JCQ/SC FORM 10 should still be used for controlled (non-timetabled) assessments. JCQ/LCW Form 15 should be submitted for lost centre-assessed work. Additional medical evidence should be attached where appropriate.
If you have any further queries relating to access arrangements or special consideration please contact:
John Doyle - Special Requirements Advisor
Telephone: 029 2026 5155