Before the exams

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Progression from Level 4 Diploma


Students who have passed at least two units at Level 4 can begin studying the Level 5 Diploma. However, any outstanding Level 4 units must be completed before a Level 5 Diploma can be awarded.



Progression from Level 5 Diploma


Students who have passed at least six out of the eight units at Level 5 can begin studying the Level 6 Diploma. However, any outstanding Level 5 units must be completed before a Level 6 Diploma can be awarded.



Progression from Level 6 Diploma


Students who have passed at least four out of the five units of the Level 6 Diploma can begin studying the Level 7 Diploma. However, the outstanding Level 6 unit must be completed before a Level 7 Diploma can be awarded.



Progression from Level 6 Extended Diploma


Students who have passed at least twelve out of thirteen units (including all eight Level 5 units and at least four out of five Level 6 units) of the Level 6 Extended Diploma can begin studying the Level 7 Diploma. However, the outstanding Level 6 unit must be completed before a Level 7 Diploma can be awarded.



There is no time limit to the completion of any ABE qualifications but your membership must be kept in force by payment of annual subscription whilst you are sitting your examinations.



Reasonable Adjustments


The Association of Business Executives (ABE) complies with the Ofqual General Conditions of Recognition sections G6 and G7 and adopts policies that ensure no candidate experiences unnecessary barriers to assessment. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requires awarding organisations to agree reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates in order to lessen or remove the effects of a ‘substantial disadvantage’ in an exam. Candidates must apply for a Reasonable Adjustment, by completing the ABE1 form, no later than the closing date for entries for that examination session, providing evidence for consideration by ABE.

A Reasonable Adjustment for a particular person may be unique to that individual and may not be included in the list of available access arrangements. The level of the adjustment will depend on the needs of the disabled candidate. An adjustment may not be considered reasonable if it involves unreasonable costs, timeframes or affects the security or integrity of the assessment.

The ABE Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration Policy document can be found here.



Transfers and non-attendance


Transfers


Candidates may transfer their examination entry to the next session (June 2016) providing the transfer request is received by Monday 9th November 2015. Transfer requests must be accompanied with the fee payment of £15 (GBP15).

Once a transfer has been accepted the unit(s) which have been deferred must be taken at the next examination session. The transfer cannot apply to any unit(s) other than those originally booked.

Non-attendance


Examination fees are non-refundable. Should a candidate fail to attend an examination or withdraw after the closing date, the examination fee is forfeit (with the exception of illness).

In the event of illness, provided ABE receive a medical certificate and transfer fee of £15 (GBP15) by Monday 4th January 2016, the unit(s) will be transferred to the next examination session (December 2015). As stated previously, transfers will not be accepted without payment of the £15 (GBP15) fee.



Exam centres


ABE has examination centres worldwide. These centres are of the highest standard and comply with ABE requirements in terms of accommodation facilities and access. All centres are approved by the national Ministry of Education, British Council or a similar body.

The centre takes responsibility for the administration of ABE examinations including receipt and security of examination papers, conducting examinations, invigilating and despatch of scripts to ABE after the examination.