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Qualifications > Exam centre

Exam registration
- Register as a candidate for SQA exams (2023 diet)
​- Higher and National 5 subjects

- Entry at our Glasgow exam centre


Per subject

Many students contact us each year and ask if we can present them for the SQA exams.  Such enquiries are typically from people who have learned the course work independently or with another centre outside of Saturday School.  Whilst there are some important quality assurance steps we need to take to ensure the candidate is ready for the final exam, the answer is often yes, Saturday School Ltd can present external/private candidates for SQA National 5 and Higher exams.


Option 1 – register as a private candidate for the final exam in:

  • H/N5 Biology

  • H/N5 Chemistry

  • H/N5 English

  • H Human Biology

  • H/N5 Maths

  • AH/H/N5 Physics

If you have been learning an SQA National 5 or Higher course at another centre or independently via self-study or home-educated model, then you can take your final SQA exam with us.  The terminology here is that you would be a private candidate and Saturday School will be your presenting centre.  You will need to register and pay as one of our students and meet the appropriate deadline for coursework and registration.  So, even though you have been learning the course outside of Saturday School, you can take the exam with us.  For subjects like N5 and H Maths, this means you will come to us for the exam, for subjects where there are additional externally assessed items - such as English folio pieces or Physics assignments - you’ll need to come and take these with us too.  Before we register candidates for exams, we will set a short assessment to ensure that you are ready for the challenges of the final SQA exam at that particular level.  It should be noted that your performance in this may result in the refusal to present you for that exam – but only be in the case where we feel you have no realistic chance of success in the final exam. 

This option is £250 per subject.  


Option 2 – take your final exam with us using the SQA “sitting at” model:

(Available for any SQA subject which the candidate's own centre has approval for in the 2023 exam diet)

This option is only available for students who are learning their course at another SQA Approved Centre but for whatever reason are unable to take their final exam with that centre.  In this instance, Saturday School will work with your current school, college or other centre to arrange that you sit your exam with us.  This route does not mean you become a registered candidate with us (with option 1 you will) we would simply accommodate you for the final exam, but you will remain a registered candidate with your existing centre and your result will show on their records, not ours. 

This option is £125 per subject.

If you would like to discuss these options with us in more detail then please get in touch: 

You can also take a fully taught qualification course with us too, learn more about our courses on our qualifications page.

When and where

The final SQA exam diet is typically April/May each year which requires students to attend the final exam in-person at our exam centre in Glasgow.

Fees and structure

£250 for private/external candidates who are not registered with another SQA Approved Centre. Available for: H/N5 Biology, H/N5 Chemistry, H/N5 English, H Human Biology, H/N5 Maths, AH/H/N5 Physics for the 2023 exam diet.

£125 for "sitting at" candidates who are registered with another SQA Approved Centre. Available for a range of N5/H/AH subjects for the 2023 exam diet.

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