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Dates for your Diary

On this page you will find a list of key dates to be aware of for academic year 2023/24. They include half-term dates, service-wide discount periods and exam windows. If you need any more information on these dates, contact us on freephone 0800 988 0308 or email

Early Bird Discount Periods

A discount on all fee-paying courses will be available to all learners enrolling on courses between the dates listed below. This discount is available on both the Full and Reduced Fees and will automatically be applied to the price when enrolling online.

Autumn Early Bird 30% off all courses (3rd July 2023 till 29th September 2023)

New Year Early Bird 20% off all courses (1st December 2023 till 31st January 2024)

Half Term/Easter Breaks 2023/2024

Below are the general half term dates for the academic year 2023/2024. For some courses the dates below may vary so always follow the guidance given to you by your tutor at the beginning of your course.

Autumn Term
Monday 16th October – Friday 20th October 2023

Spring Term
Monday 19th February – Friday 23rd February 2024

Easter Break
Friday 22nd March – Monday 8th April 2024

Summer Term
Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024

Examination Windows

The dates listed in the tabs below give you a rough idea of when exams are sat for different qualifications. They are a rough guide only, and your tutor will advise you of the exact date and time for your exam during your course.

GCSE Exams

GCSE exams are set by a national timetable, meaning that all GCSE learners across the county take the same papers on the same days.

Functional Skills and ESOL Exams

Functional Skills and ESOL exams are not dictated by a nation-wide timetable like GCSEs, and exams are taken during your usual classroom session within a 1-week window set by the service.


GCSE Exams

November 2023 (Re-sits)

  • English Paper(s) – the 7th and 9th November 2023
  • Maths Paper(s) – the 8th, 10th and 13th November 2023

Summer 2024 Exams

  • English Paper(s) – the 23rd May and 6th June 2023
  • Maths Paper(s) – the 16th May, and the 3rd and 10th June 2023.

Functional Skills Maths & English Exams

These dates are for both English and Maths papers across all levels.

  • W/B – 27th November 2023
  • W/B – 8th April 2024
  • W/B – 7th May 2024
  • W/B – 8th July 2024

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Exams

Re-sit exam windows are also available if needed. Your Tutor will advise you.

  • W/B – 11th December 2023 (Reading, all levels)
  • W/B – 11th March 2024 (Speaking & Listening, all levels)
  • W/B – 19th March 2024 (Speaking & Listening, all levels)
  • W/B – 11th June 2024 (Writing, all levels)