We recognise that although some candidates cope with the learning demands of a course and demonstrate attainment in the skills being assessed they still face unnecessary barriers when it comes to the standard assessment.
Such barriers may result from:
a permanent or long-term disability or learning difficulty
a temporary disability, illness or indisposition
the immediate circumstances of the assessment
Access arrangements are pre-exam arrangements made on behalf of a candidate with particular needs. For example, the use of a scribe, modified papers or extra time.
Our full regulations and guidance on access arrangements can be found in the Cambridge Handbook
What are Centre-delegated Access Arrangements?
These are arrangements that schools can put in place for candidates without our prior permission. Cambridge schools must retain the evidence supporting any centre-delegated arrangements.
The arrangements available to schools to delegate include:
- Extra time up to 25% (not permitted in syllabuses where time is the focus of the exam)
- Word processors
- Supervised rest breaks
- Separate invigilation
- Read Aloud (not a reader)
- Coloured paper/coloured overlays
- Visual aids e.g. magnifying glasses
- Colour naming
- Simple translation dictionaries
- Live speakers (for use with a transcript of the listening paper for the hearing impaired)
How do I inform you of arrangements I have delegated?
All centre-delegated arrangements permitted must be recorded and submitted on Preparation - Form 4.
Which access arrangements must I apply for?
All non-delegated access arrangements must have our prior permission before you can implement them for a candidate. These arrangements include:
- Practical Assistants
- Extra time over 25%
- Voice-activated software
- Alternative accommodation
- Coursework extensions
- Cards used by prompters
- Exemptions from speaking and listening
How do I apply for Non-delegated Access Arrangements?
All non-delegated access arrangements should be applied for using Preparation - Form 1.
You must send supporting medical or psychological evidence in English with all applications. Please provide a translation if necessary, together with the original documents.
How do I apply for modified papers?
Modified papers should be requested using a Preparation - Form 3. All of the modifications we offer are listed on the form itself.
How will I be notified of the outcome regarding a request for Access Arrangements?
We will send an outcome letter once your application has been reviewed.