2021 and 2022 exam changes

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Subject changes for 2022

There are changes to most qualifications for the 2022 exam series. Learn what this means for your subject.

Because of the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, most subjects will have changes to how they are assessed in 2022.

This can include advance information on exams, optionality, other adaptations and changes to the non-exam assessment (NEA).

These changes are for 2022 only.

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Advance information on exams

To help students revise, exam boards will provide advance information about the focus of exams for most subjects at GCSE, AS and A-level.

Advance information will:

  • help focus revision time
  • vary in breadth, depth and presentation between subjects
  • not detail everything in the exam (this could risk providing a balanced education, progression or fair results)
  • not require changes to a question paper's usual structure (so exam papers will be familiar to teachers and students)
  • not be allowed into the exam.

For more details, read the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) guidance for teachers and students on the use of advance information for 2022.

When will advance information be available

We'll publish advance information by 7 February 2022 – or sooner if the impact of the pandemic worsens.

In the meantime, we’ve published a summary for each specification to help you know what to expect.

Use the drop down below to find the summary for your subject.

Optionality and other adaptations to exams and assessments

To free up teaching time and to ensure students are fully prepared for their exams, we’re also introducing other changes to some of our qualifications for 2022. For example:

  • giving schools and colleges a choice of topics (known as 'optionality')
  • removing questions on topics that are no longer required
  • reducing total marks and total exam time to reflect these changes
  • providing students with formulae and equations sheets in the exam
  • changing the requirements for fieldwork.

Non-exam assessment (NEA) changes

Ofqual published its decisions on arrangements for NEA back in June. This information (including fieldwork, speaking tests and plans for moderation) is also available on your subject pages.

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Select below to find which changes apply to your subject.

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Qualifications with no changes for 2022

  • Level 1 and Level 2 Project
  • Extended Project (EPQ)
  • ELC Step up to English
  • ELC Maths
  • Functional Skills English
  • Functional Skills Maths


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