Exam dates set for autumn 2020


The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published dates for autumnal GCSE and A Level exams, allowing pupils to take tests if they are unhappy with their awarded grades from this summer.

AS and A Level exams will run in October, with GCSE exams following in November, according to the organisation which represents several exam boards, including AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.

These autumn exams should give pupils a chance to prove themselves if they feel the predicted grades they are given are unfair.

Key dates and deadlines

AS and A Level exams are scheduled to run from 5th – 23rd October 2020, with an entry deadline of 4 September for any pupils wishing to sit an exam.

GCSEs meanwhile are set to take place from 2nd – 23rd November, with entries needing to be submitted by 18th September 2020.

This is the case for all subjects, apart from English language and maths GCSEs, which have a later entry deadline of 4th October 2020.

Providing options for pupils

JCQ director general Dr Philip Wright explained that August will represent a chance for young people to celebrate their successes and to plan the next stages of their careers when they receive their results.

“The grades will be reflective of what they might have achieved had they been able to sit their exams and will enable them to move onto the next phase in their lives,” he said.

“The autumn series will be available for young people for whom it was not possible to issue a grade or who wish to improve their grades based on taking an exam.”

Dr Wright added that further information on the testing will be available via the exam boards in due course.

All based on test performance

The results from the autumn series of exams will see pupils graded on their performance in the tests alone, and will not include any form of non-exam assessment, Ofqual has said.

Art and design qualifications will be the only ones to be exempt from this and will be graded based on non-exam assessments.

Exam boards will be required to make exams available for all GCSE, AS and A Level subjects, although Ofqual has said they can withdraw subjects if no entries are submitted for them by the closing date.

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