2021 and 2022 exam changes

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Subject changes for 2022

The Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have published their 2022 decisions on GCSE, AS and A-levels and Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs).

Find out more about these decisions and what they mean for your subject.

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Grading in autumn 2021 and summer 2022

Ofqual has also confirmed its plans for grading standards for both autumn 2021 and summer 2022.

In a blog they explain their plan for a fair and gradual return to pre-pandemic grading standards.

  • For the autumn 2021 series, exam boards will look to align with summer 2021. The only exception is for Functional skills and EPQ, which will be a transition year to reflect that we’re in a pandemic recovery period.
  • Summer 2022 will be a transition year to reflect that we’re in a pandemic recovery period.
  • In 2023, Ofqual will aim to return to results that are in line with those in pre-pandemic years.

Read the Ofqual blog in full.

Results days in 2022

Summer 2022 results days will be one week apart as usual.

  • Thursday 18 August – AS, A-levels and similar VTQs
  • Thursday 25 August – GCSEs and similar VTQs

Contingency arrangements

We hope exams will be able to go ahead as planned next summer. But in case they can't, Ofqual and the DfE have confirmed the contingency arrangements for summer 2022 GCSE, AS and A-level exams.

These arrangements include using grades provided by schools and colleges for GCSEs, AS and A-levels.

Ofqual has published detailed guidance on these contingency arrangements, as well as publishing open letters to schools, students and private candidates. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has also published some frequently asked questions.

In addition, the DfE has published separate guidance on the contingency plans for VTQs.

These changes are for 2022 only. Read our news story about the contingency arrangements.

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