Sitting alongside our live face-to-face exams, the digital version of our Communication Skills graded exams for individual candidates provides additional choice and flexibility to how a regulated graded qualification can be achieved. The digital version takes place online via video conference in registered exam centres.
The content and skills assessed for Communication Skills exams taken online in centres mirrors face-to-face exams with visiting examiners, with some aspects of the process modified for delivery by video-conference.
The exams have the same performance criteria and the same academic rigour as our face-to-face exams, and candidates gain full recognition for their achievements, with the same UCAS points and same certificate awarded. Read our summary sheet outlining what is the same and what is adapted for online delivery.
Candidates should prepare for their exams in the same way they prepare for the face-to-face exams. They should also practise using Zoom to familarise themselves with talking to people onscreen. Candidates using PowerPoint slides to support their presentation at higher grades are advised to practise using the 'share screen' function in Zoom.
To help candidates identify what they need to do differently via video conference, the table below describes how digital delivery compares to live face-to-face exams.
Exams via video conference