2021 exam changes

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Fees for summer 2021

We know you may have questions about why we still need to charge entry fees when there are no exams.

Read about how fees are being used this summer

Appeals and post-results services in summer 2021

There will be some changes to appeals and post-results services in summer 2021.

  • Schools won’t be charged for appeals.
  • Appeals will follow a special process for summer 2021.
  • Normal post-results services will only be available to Functional Skills students who took exams.

To learn more, read our page on Appeals for Summer 2021.

JCQ has published guidance about determining grades this summer

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published guidance about determining grades this summer.

Schools and colleges guidance

Students, parents and guardians guidance

Key dates for 2021

We've laid out all the key dates and deadlines for awarding grades this year. Find out when things happen in 2021.

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Applied General Science and General Business to receive an estimated mark

Certificating Applied General Science and Applied General Business students in the January 2021 series will receive an estimated (back-calculated) mark for any units taken in summer 2020.

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  • We've published information about how fees are being used this summer
  • Schools should keep students' work to support quality assurance processes and appeals
  • Autumn exams will take place. Information available for general and non-general qualifications

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