2021 exam changes

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

Support for students

Information for students about changes in exams and assessment in 2021

Due to coronavirus, there have been many changes to how you’ll be awarded grades this year. Read more about how grades will be awarded, and get access to support if you need it.

How grades will be awarded in summer

Ofqual and JCQ have created guides for students on how GCSE, A-level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2021. It includes information for private candidates.

Read about grades, appeals and more.

Need support? Talk to someone

Each of us responds differently to change, which includes changes in assessments and exams. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, there’s lots of free information and support if you need it.

Ofqual has provided some advice if you're feeling worried about grades this year. And you can always speak to one of the following confidential services.


  • 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

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8am–5pm Monday to Friday

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

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