Ready to take your exam?

We have everything you need to know, from cost and timetables to helpful revision tips.

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The Marine Society is a registered exam centre, so we can enter you for your IGCSE, GCSE and A-Level exams.

When do I need to register by?

The final date you can register for January IGCSE exams is 14 October 2020. If you inform us after this, it may not be possible to enter you. Even if we are able to enter you, it will cost you more, so it’s best to register as early as possible.

The final date you can register to enter IGCSE, GCSE and A-Level summer exams, across all exam boards, is 14 February 2020. If you inform us after this, it may not be possible to enter you. Even if we are able to enter you, it will cost you more, so it’s best to register as early as possible.

What will it cost?

If you enrolled with us and chose the tuition support and exam entry fee package, then no further payment is required to take your exam. If you are a private candidate and wish to sit an exam at our headquarters in London, please visit our private exam entry page.

If you have sat part of an award previously through Marine Society College and wish to sit remaining exams, then fees may apply. Please contact us to discuss the cost if you are unsure.

If you are currently studying through us or if you are serving Royal Navy/Royal Marines or Merchant Navy, the cost for exam entries only are as follows:

  • IGCSE - £99
  • AS-Level - £109
  • A-Level - £149

Payment is required prior to registration. We cannot enter you for an exam unless we receive your payment first.

How is coursework assessed?

Coursework components should be discussed with your tutor, who will tell you what needs to be completed and by when.

Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that all coursework is submitted on time and in the correct format. If in doubt, consult your tutor.

How do I register?

Once you've decided to sit your exams in May/June, we will trust you've consulted your tutor and that they agree you are appropriately prepared.

You then need to complete our exam entry form and return it to us with your exam entry fee (see above). We can't process your entry until we receive the correct fee.

You'll need the exact course details, exam board and syllabus you want to be entered for. This includes the codes for any option papers you wish to sit. It is your responsibility to provide us with this information; we are not liable for consequences arising from you giving incorrect or incomplete information. If you’re not sure of this information, your tutor can help you with this.

You’ll then be entered for the exams you’ve specified. Soon after the closing date for registration has passed, we'll receive your statement of entry from the exam board. We’ll then forward this to you so you can check all the details.

When will I sit my exam?

Exams for the winter series are held on dates throughout January and the summer series are held on dates throughout May and June, depending upon the exam board and subject/level.

The exam timetable is set by national awarding bodies. Unfortunately, there's no flexibility to when the exam can be taken – you must sit it on the date specified by the exam board.

You can check the exam timetables for the following bodies on their official sites:





  • TBC

If you are unsure of when your exam might be, please contact us and we can advise you.

Where will I sit my exam?

The default location for sitting all exams is in our office in central London:

  • Marine Society College
  • 202 Lambeth Road
  • London
  • SE1 7JW

Any other arrangements are made at our discretion. It may be possible to arrange for you to sit your exams at sea or to take them at a local college near you. If you think you may need to do this, you must tell us at the time of registration.

What if I can’t sit an exam?

If you find you can't sit an exam for which you've been entered, it's important that you tell us immediately.

Any more questions?

We're here to help so if you'd like to discuss anything, please give us a call on: 020 7654 7050 and ask for the Exams Officer, or email: education@ms-sc.org.

For tips on how to revise and what to do on the day of your exam, visit our advice and guidance page.

Quality assurance

Our policies, procedures and guidelines ensure that our students are supported in every aspect of their learning and treated fairly.

You can view our policies as part of our commitment to an open and transparent policy.

We welcome feedback. If you have any comments on your experiences with us, please tell us by emailing: education@ms-sc.org.

Private candidate entry

As a registered centre for all the main awarding bodies, we can provide a limited number of spaces to private candidates for exam entries to most subjects. Marine Society College offer places to private candidates in the January (IGCSE only) and the summer exam series. We are registered with AQA, Edexcel Pearson, OCR and CIE. Find out more about sitting as a private candidate with us.