Access Arrangements

The Access Arrangements process is now closed and no further applications can be considered for the 2017 assessments.  Anyone who has missed the deadline to apply for Access Arrangements should refer to Special Circumstances as a possible route which may now be open for you.

Emergency Access Arrangements

If your child has sustained an injury which will affect their ability to complete the assessments without assistance, or, if your child has a flare up of an ongoing chronic medical condition you can apply for Emergency Access Arrangements.

You should contact the AQE Office by e-mail or telephone with your child’s name and candidate number and we will send an application form over to you.  This should be backed up with documentation that supports your claim (for example GP or hospital letter).  Examples of the possible adjustments which can be made are listed in the ‘Disability Guidance Notes’ below.

Adjustments can be cancelled if your child has significantly recovered by the time the next assessment is upon them.  You should prepare for ‘worst case scenario’ and update the AQE Office if your situation changes.

General Guidance Notes 2017

Disability Guidance Notes 2017

Language Guidance Notes 2017

“Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 a person is considered to have a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term affect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.  This may also apply to children with a learning disability.”

If your child falls under this definition, or does not have English / Irish as their first language (and has spent less than 3 full years in the UK/Ireland) you should complete an Access Application Form. 

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCESS HAS CHANGED FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. Please see the General Guidance to Access Arrangements booklet (GS 17 07 1) for further details. In contrast to previous years the application form can, and should, be completed and sent with the Registration Form in order to speed up the process.

The final date for Access Arrangements applications is Friday 8th September.

The Access Panel
Once your Access Application has been received, it is considered by the AQE Access Panel.  The Access Panel is made up of Education Psychologists, and those in the field of Education.

Once a decision has been made in regards to your Access Application you will be informed of the outcome, in writing, within 5 working days from the meeting. Please note, Access Panel meetings are held at set intervals from the middle of June until the end of September.

Please note : Late applications for Access Arrangements (those received after 8th September 2017) will not be considered unless there are very exceptional circumstances whereby they could not have been received before the closing date given above.

Unsuccessful Applications

There are 2 types of Unsuccessful Applications:

1 – If your child does not meet the criteria laid out on the Registration Form then the Access Panel’s decision cannot be appealed.

2- If there is insufficient evidence provided, you will have the opportunity to provide this information in time for the next Access Panel meeting.  

Emergency Access

If your child sustains an injury or there are unforeseen difficulties in the run up to the assessment, you should contact the AQE Office IMMEDIATELY and request an Emergency Access Form.



AQE will inform all Assessment Centres of any changes before each assessment.