exam support

When it comes to exams, you are not alone. Whether it’s guidance on revision or exam techniques, organising exam concessions or if you’re feeling the pressure and you just want to talk. We are here for you.

Exam Support Team

Our well established, student-focused team are highly effective in providing the right support to maximise success rates. Examinations can be sat seven days a week between 8 am and 8 pm at most centres as per requests and Awarding Body restrictions.

Exam office opening hours are, Monday to Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am – 4.30 pm.

Exam Support

Sitting an exam is challenging for students for many different reasons. Please don’t worry in silence. Our dedicated team provides support and guidance to all our students, working with you to receive the right support to achieve the best results. We offer access to a wealth of resources to help with practice and preparation, and we can organise exam concessions, where appropriate.

Your EHCP (Education Health Care Plans) will highlight if you require support in your exams. Please contact your ALPS/LSA for your curriculum department.

Exam access arrangements should always be made at the start of the course, where possible. Arrangements must reflect a student’s usual way of working and must be approved by the examination boards before concessions are granted. Assessments must have been completed within the last two years.

In some circumstances, it is possible for current medical evidence confirming physical/mental impairment or other ill-health, to be used for exam concessions.

Curriculum Learning Mentors (CLM)

CLM’s are based at various centres at different times. They can provide Maths and English support for students with specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia.

Exam Access Arrangements Assessors

If you have already been assessed for Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) at school/college, please bring the original signed copy of your Form 8 to your CLM as soon as possible.

Communication Support Workers (CSW)

A CSW offers support assessments including, British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting support, specialist note taking, 1:1 support for Deaf & Hard of Hearing students and exam access requests.

Depending on the level of your needs, our Visual Impairment Team can offer support assessments, specialist in-class support, 1:1 support, modification of materials, including Braille and exam access requests.

Below is a list of possible access arrangements:

  • Extra time
  • Reader/Computer reader/Exam Reader pens
  • Read aloud
  • Scribe
  • Word processor
  • Transcript
  • Prompter
  • Oral language modifier
  • Sign language interpreter
  • Bilingual translation dictionaries with up to 25% extra time

The needs of our students vary. Depending on your assessed needs we could look to make arrangement for additional support which can include:

  • Modified Papers
  • Separate rooms
  • Rest breaks
  • Use of a computer

This can be considered and applied by the Examinations Office if you are unable to attend an exam because of illness, suffer bereavement or other trauma.

Special consideration may also be available if you are ill, disadvantaged or disturbed during an examination. In such instances you must alert the Invigilator or Examinations Office immediately to support this claim as appropriate evidence will be required and deadlines do apply.

Your Questions Answered

  1. Check the timetable in advance to understand when and where your exam is due to take place and if any exam support has been arranged.
  2. Arrive at your exam room 20 minutes before the exam start time.
  3. Make sure you have you college/photo ID with you.
  4. Please remember to bring essential equipment: black pen, pencil and any other equipment you may need for your exam.
  5. Ensure you’ve thoroughly read and understood the exam rules and regulations.
  6. Make sure you’ve revised and are fully prepared to sit the exam.
  7. Have an early night, eat a good breakfast and arrive with a positive mindset.
  8. Maximise the time available during the exam. There will be a clock in the exam room for you to pace yourself.
  9. Keep calm. If you have any concerns, raise your hand and inform the invigilator.
  10. If you finish your exam early, make sure to use the time to check your answers and collate your work.

You should arrive 20 minutes before the start of your exam.

This is known as a ‘clash’, please contact the Exams Office and special arrangements will be made.

If you are delayed through problems with travel on the day of your exam YOU MUST contact the Exams Office for advice on 01484 437038.

If you are ill, you will need to contact the Exams Office before the exam start time.

If you do not notify the Exams Office that you will be absent before the exam you will be charged.

Yes, you should plan to stay for the whole time. Should you finish beforehand, use the remaining time to check your work. Please make suitable arrangements for childcare, car parking etc and allow additional time for registration.

You will need to contact the examination board directly.  A fee will be charged for replacement certificates and this will vary depending on the exam board.  Click here.

You will need to bring everything that is essential use for the exam i.e. black pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, calculator etc.

 

Food is not allowed into the exam room, but if you need to bring a drink it must be in a clear plastic bottle (no labels) and kept on the floor at the side of your desk during the exam.

Yes.  You will need your enrolment card or some other photographic identification containing your personal details. If you forget your ID, you must go to reception before going to your examination room and ask for an ID check slip.

GCSE and A Level results can be collected on the specific results day in August. Notification for all other results will be provided.

 

You can collect your results on the specific day from the Reception at either Huddersfield or Springfield Sixth Form centres, depending on your study site. Collection is available from 10am – 3pm. 

 

If you are unable to collect your results on the specified day, you can give a letter of authorisation for someone to collect them on your behalf. All remaining notifications will be sent out at the end of the day.

You will be sent a text message informing you that your certificate is ready for collection.

 

Certificates can be collected from the Reception at either the Huddersfield, Springfield Sixth Form or Engineering centre depending on your study site.

 

Monday                 8.00am – 5.00pm (except Bank Holidays)

Tuesday                 8.00am – 7.30pm (Hudds)   8.00am – 5.00pm (Springfield)

Wednesday           8.00am – 7.30pm (Hudds)   8.00am – 5.00pm (Springfield)

Thursday               8.00am – 7.30pm (Hudds)   8.00am – 5.00pm (Springfield)

Friday                    8.00am – 4.30pm

 

Please bring some photographic identification otherwise we will not be able to issue your certificates.

Someone else may collect the certificates on your behalf but they must have a letter of authorisation signed by you with details of their name.  They must also bring some photographic identification.

 

We can post out your certificate(s), but we do not accept liability for any lost, stolen, damaged or delayed in the post.

Financial Support

Kirklees College Financial Support Team helps support students who have a household income of £26,000 or below. The team are able to give advice on financial issues and assistance relating to their chosen course.

Timetable

Kirklees College provides an examination timetable which is updated weekly allowing you to view your full exam schedule. 

It is important that you check your exam details in advance and ensure that you are thoroughly prepared.

Rules & Regulations

Kirklees College abides by the rules set by the Joint Council for Qualifications and the relevant awarding bodies. It is important that the rules and regulations are strictly adhered to.

Any malpractice will have to be reported to the exam board and could lead to disqualification from the full qualification.

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