Changes to 2021 exams for GCSE, AS and A-level Art and Design

Friday 11 Sep 2020

We’ve been working hard to make the relevant changes to our qualifications following Ofqual’s decisions on summer 2021 exams, so here are the changes you need to know about.

GCSE (8201-8206), AS (7241-7246) and A-level (7201-7206) Art and Design

Students will complete Component 1 (GCSE and AS Portfolio or A-level Personal investigation) only. This means that students won’t need to start or complete Component 2, and the exam papers for 2021 will not be released on e-AQA in January (GCSE) or February (AS and A-level).

For visiting moderation in June, our preference would always be to moderate at a visit, however, we need to make sure we’re doing what’s right based on whatever Covid-19 restrictions are in place. We’ll review this in early 2021 to decide on the best approach and we’ll be in touch early next year to confirm.

We’re reviewing the teacher standardisation face-to-face meetings and will be in touch shortly with further information on how standardisation will take place for 2021.

We know that you’ll want to know more about the changes for next summer. We’ll be publishing further guidance about the summer 2021 exams over the coming months.