2016 Access Arrangements survey of exam centres across the UK 

At the Association of Colleges Exams Officer conference in Nottingham in February this year, there were grave concerns expressed over the growth of Access Arrangements (AAs) requests and how centres were struggling to meet the additional costs and resources attached to this process from existing budget constraints.


The EOA, which had undertaken surveys and reported on this issue in previous years, agreed with a representative of the Association of Colleges to gather information from schools, colleges, and other types of centres on the full impact AAs were having on exam centre delivery, and to suggest what solutions might be available to support this process more effectively, while at the same time reduce costs.


AAs related to general and vocational qualifications can be divided into two categories and both must comply with the Equality Act 2010. https://www.gov.uk/definition-of-disability-under-equality-act-2010. A range of AAs can be awarded by the centre, such as the provision of supervised rest breaks. Those that require prior Joint Curriculum for Qualifications (JCQCIC) awarding body approval are usually dealt with through the Online Access Arrangements (AAO) process http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/access-arrangements-and-special-consideration


This survey was promoted to over 3000 centres through the EOA website, its weekly Enewsletter and other networks to members and non-members of the EOA and had a return of just under 10% of the community. 71% responses came from schools and 13% from colleges, with over 11% responding from the non-member EOA community who clearly wanted their views represented in this survey.


Read the full report