Access arrangements 

What are Access Arrangements?


Access Arrangements are pre-examination adjustments for candidates based on evidence of need and ‘normal way of working’. Access Arrangements fall into two distinct categories: some arrangements are delegated to schools, others require prior JCQ / awarding body approval.


Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs or disabilities to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make 'reasonable adjustments' where a candidate who is disabled within the meaning of  the Equality Act 2010, would be at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to someone who is not disabled.


Please read the leaflet below for full details.