Find out all you need to know about making entries including closing dates, fees and entry codes.
Entry closing dates
It is important that you submit your entries by the closing date to make sure we have your students' details. Any late submissions will incur an additional fee.
|Series||Series and year code||Entry closing date|
|March 2014||3G14||21 January 2014|
|June 2014||6G14||21 February 2014|
|6A14||21 March 2014|
|November 2014||BG14||4 October 2014|
|January 2015||1A15||21 October 2014|
|March 2015||3G15||21 January 2015|
|June 2015||6A15||21 February 2015|
Changes to early entry at GCSE
On 30 September 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) announced changes to which entries will count towards schools' performance tables. Please see the DfE's changes to early entry at GCSE.
Please read about other changes for 2013/14 below.
Important changes for 2013/14
Changes to discount (classification) codes
Unique Learner Number (ULNs)
From January 2014, all students entered for an exam at a state funded school/college within the UK will be required to have a ULN.
Any entry made without the ULN will be rejected and the entry file will not be processed.
Please see our About ULNs page for further information.
GCSE entries after the November 2013 series
GCSEs are changing from modular to linear.
The November 2013 series was the final opportunity to enter students for modular assessments in GCSE English (4700), English Language (4705) and Mathematics (4360).
Please note that any written units taken before the June 2014 series which were not used towards certification have been discarded.
GCSE Sciences for schools and colleges outside England
We will continue to offer some Science GCSEs as modular qualifications in January 2014 and June 2014 for schools and colleges outside England. The 40% terminal rule will apply to these modular qualifications.
From the June 2014 series onwards, all other GCSE subjects will only be available in a linear way.
GCSE 40% terminal rule
The 40% terminal rule applies to GCSE students:
- in schools/colleges outside England entering for modular science subjects in January and June 2014.
About the 40% terminal rule
- at least 40% of the total assessment must be taken in the final exam series, ie when the student completes the qualification and certificates for the final award.
- Students can be entered for the written exam, controlled assessment or both in the terminal assessment. See the specification at a glance page for the subject to find the weightings of each unit.
- Each unit counts towards a percentage of the total assessment. Some individual units make up exactly 40% of the total assessment but many have lower or higher percentage weightings.
- The final grade includes results of the units which meet the 40% terminal rule. If a re-sit forms part of the 40% terminal assessment, the results for that unit(s) will be used to calculate the final grade, even if it is lower than in an earlier attempt.
For further information, please refer to our modular GCSE entry, aggregation and certification rules and the JCQ rules for GCSE specifications terminal requirements, re-sits and cashing-in
Exam series guide
Exams officers can make and amend entries using unique, subject specific unit and award codes: