2021 exam changes
2022 NEA and fieldwork requirements consultation decisions explained
Published:Thursday 17 Jun 2021
Ofqual has published the consultation decisions on arrangements for non-exam assessment (NEA) and fieldwork requirements for students entering qualifications in 2022.
Here are the key points:
Non-exam assessment (NEA)
Ofqual will allow for adjustments to the NEA arrangements to accommodate public health restrictions in the following subjects:
- design and technology
- drama (and theatre)
- food preparation and nutrition
- media studies
- physical education (PE).
Fieldwork in GCSE, AS and A-level geography and geology, and AS and A-level environmental science
Schools and colleges won’t need to declare that they provided students with the opportunity to do a mandated number of occasions or days of fieldwork activities outside of school or college premises. Schools and colleges can continue to provide fieldwork activities for their students if they’re able to do so.
GCSE English language
Teachers won’t need to submit an audio-visual recording of a sample of students doing their spoken language assessments in GCSE English language.
GCSE modern foreign languages (MFL)
Exam boards won’t have to include vocabulary that isn’t on the vocabulary lists for assessments in GCSE MFL. Teachers and students should prepare for spoken language in 2022 to be assessed in the normal way, through formal speaking tests.
Vocational, Technical and other Qualifications (VTQs)
We try to align our GCSEs, AS and A-levels with our VTQs. Over the next few weeks we’ll be working out what these decisions mean for our VTQs and what adjustments we’ll be allowed to make to NEA to accommodate public health restrictions. We’ll email you when we know more.
Our curriculum experts are busy understanding what these changes mean so we can update our website ready for the 2021-2022 school year. We know that we’ve not covered every detail of every subject and qualification in this summary, but don’t worry - we’ll be back in touch with schools and colleges as soon as we can to confirm the details of all subjects and qualifications.
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