Information on our entry fees and other charges.
Where the money goes
We provide market-leading specifications and first class support services that are excellent value for money.
As an independent charity, any income we make gets invested back into qualifications and assessment. This enables us to offer a broad range of qualifications and to protect the integrity and security of our assessments. It also funds other educational services, such as assessment research that benefits teachers and students.
As well as paying for our assessment services, exam fees enable us to invest in the quality of our examining teams, and to offer a comprehensive support and training package for teachers, including:
- our subject and curriculum experts
- subject resources (Plan, Teach, Assess)
- Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA)
- dedicated support and advice on non-exam assessment (NEA).
We work hard to manage our operational costs because being careful with our money means we can help more students go further, and because of this we are able to subsidise some of our lower volume qualifications. This also means we don’t charge more than we need to for our qualifications and services, and we offer a fixed price list so all schools and colleges pay the same.
Refunds to schools and colleges in 2020
We passed savings of £42 million back to schools and colleges by refunding 26 per cent of entry fees for summer 2020. Also, while we normally review our fees before the start of each new school year, we’re pleased to say that we’re keeping the 2020 entry fees for our qualifications frozen for the autumn series.
Fees for 2021
Because of the events of this year, we’re a little bit later than usual publishing our fees. You’ll find the fees for our January 2021 and March 2021 series below. For our summer 2021 fees we’re still we’re waiting for some clarity on the arrangements for these exams, and we’ll publish our fees as soon as possible after we’ve had this.
We know that schools continue to face budgetary challenges. Our overall aim is to keep our prices competitive, while taking account of the changes to the exam system and regulation which are leading to increased costs.
As a result, for the January and March series we’ve applied a flat fee increase across most of our qualifications. This means fees for some subjects are still higher than others, eg for subjects with comparatively low entry levels or higher delivery costs. This approach helps us to offer schools and colleges as wide a choice of subjects as possible.
It also secures the future of our qualifications by enabling us to invest in in our technology capability so it’s supported by a strong, modern, cloud-based platform, which will help protect both us and our customers from the growing cyber threat. As well as ensuring our systems are robust and efficient, this will enable us to continuously improve our processes, respond to customer needs and provide a platform on which we can build the next generation of technology-enabled assessments.