Exams 2021

How GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2021: 


How your grade will be determined  

  • graded by teacher judgement, with grades signed off by your head of department and your head teacher  before being submitted to the exam board 
  • not graded by an algorithm 
  • school assessments can continue - your school or college will let you know the timings of any assessments 
  • you’ll only be assessed on what you’ve been taught 
  • your school or college will tell you the evidence they will use to determine your grade 
  • you will not be told what grade has been submitted for you 


  • a range of evidence can be used, such as mocks, tests and work you have already done 
  • non-exam assessment (often known as coursework) should continue 
  • non-exam assessment can be used as evidence even if incomplete 
  • art & design grades will be based only on your portfolio 
  • schools and colleges can use questions provided by exam boards if they choose to do so 
  • schools will follow their centre policy

Results days

  • AS and A level: 10 August 
  • GCSE: 12 August  

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