Information for Exam Candidates


What do I need to bring to my exams?

Paper Based Exams:

  • Blackpens (More than one!)
  • Pencils and pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Calculator and Mathematical instruments were appropriate.

It is your responsibility to bring everything you need to the exam. We do not have an endless supply of stationery so can’t always help out if you don’t bring the required items with you.

You DO NOT need to bring your mobile phone with you. If you do bring it, it must be switched off (not just on silent) and put in your bag. If you mobile phone should ring during an exam, the most severe penalty is disqualification from the exam(s).

If you bring a drink to the exam, the label from the bottle must be removed. You can bring food with you but only if it’s “quiet” and don’t forget to take your rubbish with you afterwards!

Online Exams:

  • A pen or Pencil
  • Calculator if appropriate.

Food is not allowed in the online exam rooms (C124 or D205a – e). Please speak to the invigilator if you need to bring food or drink for medical reasons.

Exam Timings

Morning exams start at 9:30 and afternoon exams start at 2:00 unless otherwise advertised. You need to be at your exam room 30 minutes before the start of the exam. If you arrive after the start time for any reason, it’s down to the invigilators discretion as to whether or not you are allowed to sit the exam. Anyone arriving 30 minutes or more after the start time will automatically be turned away.

Paper exams are advertised on the Exams Timetable which is in A-block and C-block (main site). You must check this in the run up to your exams and on the day of your exam(s) so that you are aware of any last minute room changes.

Re-sitting exams

If you need to re-sit a Construction, GCSE or A-level module, please contact the Exams Officer. You may be entitled to one free re-sit per unit if you are in receipt of EMA, JSA, ALG or another type of benefit. If you need to pay, the Exams teams can advise you what the cost will be and when you need to pay it by. The exam boards charge the college for making entries and their fees go up after certain dates so make sure you enter on time or you may be charged late fees as well.

If you need to re-sit a Functional Skills module, your tutor will book you in for it. Functional Skills candidates get one free re-sit only.

Please note that if you fail to turn up for an exam without good reason (i.e sickness, bereavement etc), this will count as one of your attempts.

Contact Us

For advice, the Exams team can be contacted on:

Exam Timetable

Filton Campus

  • Exam timetable for Summer 2013 available here
  • Exam timetable for January 2013 available here