2021 exam changes

Your go-to place for exam changes and teacher support in 2021 and beyond

Key dates for 2021

To help you see what's happening when, we've laid out all the key dates and deadlines for awarding grades this year.

March

Late March

Ofqual Guidance

Guidance for Heads of centre and for making objective decisions published by Ofqual.

end

End of March

Assessment materials

Questions and mark schemes available for every subject to help support grading judgements.

Grading guidance

JCQ publish guidance on how to determine grades from a portfolio of students’ work and provide grade descriptors.

Centre policy guidance

JCQ publish guidance on centre policy, with suggested processes for managing quality assurance at a centre level.

April

Mid-April

Marked example answers

A set of marked example student answers with examiner commentaries covering the grade descriptors and a set covering the assessment resources available in Centre services.

Centre-level internal standardisation and moderation guidance

Teachers can sign up for on-demand training modules to help with the accuracy and consistency of marking and grading.

Assessment materials

Questions made available on the public website. Marked example answers with commentaries and mark schemes held securely.

mid

21

21 April

Entry Amendment window

Schools and colleges can make changes to subject entries which were made before the original deadline (21 February) until 11.59pm on 21 April without any additional fee.

26 April

Private candidates

The entry deadline for private candidates.

26

30

30 April

Quality Assurance stage 1

Final date to submit the Centre Policy and Centre Policy Summary Form through the JCQ Centre Admin Portal (CAP).

May

May and June

Quality Assurance stage 2

If a school or colleges’ Centre Policy suggests that they need further support and guidance, they’ll be contacted to arrange a virtual centre visit by their supporting Exam Board.

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Mid May

Post-results, appeals and complaints guidance

JCQ will publish guidance on post-results, appeals and complaints.

26 May

Submission

Teachers can start to submit students' grades via Centre Services.

26

June

May and June

Quality Assurance stage 2

If a school or colleges’ Centre Policy suggests that they need further support and guidance, they’ll be contacted to arrange a virtual centre visit by their supporting Exam Board.

18 June

Deadline for submitting students' grades and endorsements

This is also the deadline to complete and submit Head of Centre declarations.

18

21

Starts 21 June

Quality assurance stage 3

Exam board quality assurance checks begin. The sampling process provides confidence the Centre Policies for determining grades were followed.

July

Finishes 16 July

Quality Assurance stage 3 continues…

The sampling process provides confidence the Centre Policies for determining grades were followed.

August

10

10 August

AS and A-level results day

AS, A-level and level 3 VTQ students receive their results.

AS and A-level post results

Post-results and appeals for AS, A-level and level 3 VTQs open.

12 August

GCSE results day

Students receive their GCSE and Level 1/2 VTQ results.

GCSE post results

Post-results and appeals for GCSEs and level 1/2 VTQs open.

12

Summary

  • 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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Tel: 0800 197 7162

+44 161 696 5995 outside the UK

Our opening hours are:

8am–5pm Monday to Friday

Parents and students should contact their school or college in the first instance.

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