📘 Summer 2021 exams update

Edited 16 October 2020, provisional schedule added.

The government has announced changes to the exams in 2021. We will continue to work with our tutees to make sure that they are ready for their examination, whenever they take place, and in whatever form they end up being.

In summary, the updates are as follows:

  • The main exam series will start on 7 June 2021 and end on 2 July 2021.
  • One maths and one English GCSE exam will take place before the May half-term.
  • Some A and AS levels with typically very small numbers of students entering will also be scheduled in the days just before half term.
  • Results days for AS/A levels and GCSEs will fall on Tuesday 24 August and Friday 27 August respectively.
  • Some changes are made to specifications of certain subjects

Subject changes

Please find below details of the changes in the subjects which we tutor, and provisional dates of the examinations for 2021:

GCSE

Astronomy
Requirements for the observational activities modified to allow students to observe rather than carry out the activities themselves.
Paper 1: Friday 11 June
Paper 2: Wednesday 30 June
Biology
Demonstrations and/or simulations to cover required practical techniques.
Paper 1: Wednesday 9 June (am)
Paper 2: Tuesday 22 June (am)
Chemistry
Demonstrations and/or simulations to cover required practical techniques.
Paper 1: Tuesday 15 June (am)
Paper 2: Tuesday 29 June (am)
Maths
No change to assessment arrangements.
Paper 1: Thursday 27 May (am)
Paper 2: Monday 7 June (pm)
Paper 3: Monday 21 June (pm)
Physics
Demonstrations and/or simulations to cover required practical techniques.
Paper 1: Friday 18 June (pm)
Paper 2: Friday 2 July (am)

A level

Biology AS
Demonstrations and/or simulations to cover required practical techniques.
Paper 1: Thursday 10 June (pm)
Paper 2: Thursday 17 June (am)
Biology A level
Number of assessed practicals to be reduced. Exam boards to monitor centres’ application of CPAC by remote means.
Paper 1 and 2: as AS level
Paper 3: Thursday 24 June (pm)
Chemistry AS
Demonstrations and/or simulations to cover required practical techniques.
Paper 1: Monday 7 June (am)
Paper 2: Monday 14 June (pm)
Chemistry A level
Number of assessed practicals to be reduced. Exam boards to monitor centres’ application of CPAC by remote means.
Paper 1 and 2: as AS level
Paper 3: Monday 21 June (am)
Maths AS and A level
No change to assessment arrangements.

Note that the exact number and date of your exams will depend on your course!

AS / A Paper 1: Wednesday 9 June (pm)
AS / A Paper 2: Tuesday 15 June (pm)
A Paper 3: Tuesday 22 June (pm)
A Paper 4: Friday 25 June (pm)
A Paper 5: Monday 28 June (pm)
A Paper 6: Tuesday 29 June (pm)
Further AS / A Paper 1: Tuesday 8 June (pm)
Further AS / A Paper 2: Friday 11 June (pm)
Further AS / A Paper 3: Wednesday 16 June (pm)
Further A Paper 4: Friday 18 June (pm)
Further A Paper 5: Monday 21 June (pm)
Further A Paper 6: Wednesday 23 June (am)
Further A Paper 7: Monday 28 June (am)

Physics AS
Demonstrations and/or simulations to cover required practical techniques.
Paper 1: Friday 11 June (am)
Paper 2: Friday 18 June (am)
Physics A level
Number of assessed practicals to be reduced. Exam boards to monitor centres’ application of CPAC by remote means.
Paper 1 and 2: as AS level
Paper 3: Wednesday 23 June (pm)