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Access Arrangements

This assessment is available for students wishing to provide evidence so they may apply for Access Arrangements. Access Arrangements are pre-examination adjustments for candidates based on evidence of need and normal way of working. Access Arrangements fall into two categories: some arrangements are delegated to centres, others require prior Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) awarding body approval. Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.  For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers.  In this way Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make 'reasonable adjustments' (JCQ).


Formal identification of a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, is unnecessary for special consideration during KS2 examinations, only the identification of need is required to request additional time. However, the school does need to ask permission for additional time and provide evidence to substantiate it.

Please ensure that your school or college are prepared to apply for Access Arrangements on your behalf once we have completed Section C on Form 8. If you require this kind of assessment, you should speak to the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) initially to confirm that the school accepts external reports. ​The school will provide the required exam paperwork (JCQ form 8) with part A filled in prior to the assessment: the assessor completes section C with the results of the assessment.

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