Changes for 2021

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The Government announced on 6 January that exams won’t go ahead as normal in summer 2021, so some of this information may change. We’ll update this page as soon as further detail becomes available.

Read about 2021 exam changes

Following Ofqual’s announcement about changes to assessment in summer 2021, here's what you need to know for GCSE English Language.

Please note: these changes only apply to assessments being completed this academic year.

The exam has stayed the same

There are no planned changes to our GCSE English Language written exams.

Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be exactly the same as they have been in previous series.

There are no modifications to the style and format of the question papers or the mark schemes.

Changes to Spoken Language (NEA) 8700/C

The following changes apply to the Spoken Language endorsement of our GCSE English Language (8700) qualification and only for the 2021 exam series:

  • there’s no requirement for teachers to submit a sample of audio-visual recordings of Spoken Language assessments
  • the Spoken Language assessment can take place in front of a single teacher who can represent an ‘audience’
  • the Spoken Language assessment can be conducted by the teacher at any time during the course and by virtual means.

No other changes

You’ll still need to submit a Centre Declaration Sheet as normal.

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