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Exams Update 2021-22

Exams 2021-22 Update

On 7th February the respective Exam boards released their Advance Information for the summer 2022 series of exams. JCQ have also issued a number of documents and FAQs for students which can be found via this link JCQ Summer 2022 Arrangements.

The question most students ask is: What is the point of advance information if I have to cover and revise all my course? JCQ have responded with the following:  Advance information is not intended to identify aspects of specification content that you don’t need to know or revise. It’s intended to support you in focusing your revision. It’s important to remember that in a normal exams series, you wouldn’t know which aspects of specification content would be tested in any of your exams. Advance information helps you to prioritise your revision by sharing information about the content that will be assessed in your exams. Your teachers will be able to help you with how to best use this information for each subject.  

BBC News - Education

Several months ago, the new Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi said they have put “fairness at the heart” of their approach, listening to pupils, teachers and parents. New Ofqual chief regulator Dr Jo Saxton said the approach will “recognise the disruption experienced by students taking exams” this year. “It will provide a safety net for those who might otherwise just miss out on a higher grade, while taking a step back to normal,” she added.

Ofqual are calling 2021-22 a 'transition year' and to reflect this, have announced a number of changes:

  • Grades will be higher than they were in 2019, before the pandemic, but they won’t be as high as they were in 2020-21. Exam boards will set their initial grade boundaries based on an average of 2019 and 2021 results for each subject so, results in 2022 will be higher than in 2019, but not as high as in 2021.
  • For most GCSE and A level subjects, students will get advance information on the areas of focus for the exams. The exceptions are GCSE English Literature, history and geography, which will have a choice of topics (see below). This advance information won’t be detailed enough to give answers to the exam questions or specify which questions will be on the exam papers, but it will cover topics that will be in the exam so students will have a guide for revision.
  • Schools will be able to choose the topics their students will do in the exams for GCSE history, English literature and geography. For example in history, it will mean that 3 out of the normal 4 topics will be assessed. This means that teachers can ensure their students will be tested on the modules they have completed.
  • Art and design GCSE and A level students will be assessed on their portfolio of work only - there will be no timed practical exam.
  • GCSE Maths, students will have access to a formulae sheet in the exam room. For GCSEs in physics and combined science, students will have access to a sheet showing all of the relevant equations.
  • For GCSE science subjects, practical work will be adjusted. Teachers can demonstrate practical tasks in class, or remotely if there are any restrictions in place. Students won't be required to complete these practicals themselves.

GCSE & GCE exam dates Summer 2022

Timetables have now been confirmed. GCSE exams will begin on the 16 May and finish on 23rd June with a contingency date of 29th June. The guidance from the exam boards is that ALL students should be available to sit exams until 29th June and therefore we do NOT advise that students book any holidays/events until 30th June at the earliest. The timetables from the Exam boards can be found on the following links and students can start to see their own personalised timetables in their Edulink.

GCSE Timetable links :

 GCE Timetable links

If you are interested in finding out more about exams in 2022, you can access these links:


Exam Results Days 2022

The DfE and Ofqual have confirmed that the summer 2022 results days will be one week apart as usual.

  • A-level and Vocational results will be published on Thursday 18 August
  • GCSEs will be on Thursday 25 August