England exam plans for 2021 announced


  • England’s summer exam series will start on 7 June and end on 2 July.
  • Results days are Tuesday 24 August for A/AS levels and Friday 27 August for GCSEs.
  • One maths and one English GCSE exam will be held just before the May half-term.
  • Technical qualifications will look to align timetables with 2021 exams.

Students in England now have more time to prepare for their exams next year, as most AS, A levels and GCSEs will be held three weeks later to help address the disruption caused by the pandemic.

The Prime Minister and Education Secretary have made it clear that exams will go ahead, as they claim that they are the fairest and most accurate way to measure a pupil’s attainment.

Today (12 October), the government announced the summer exam series will start on 7 June and end on 2 July for almost all AS/A levels and GCSEs.

Results days are Tuesday 24 August for A/AS levels and Friday 27 August for GCSEs so students will start the following academic year as normal, building on the remarkable efforts of teachers, students and parents in keeping pupils learning at school and at home.

More detail will be published later in the Autumn, to ensure students have confidence that they will be fairly treated in terms of assessment in 2021.

One maths and one English GCSE exam will be held just before the May half-term, giving any Year 11 pupils who are affected by Covid-19 the best possible chance of still sitting a paper in each of these core subjects.

It is expected that for the majority of vocational and technical qualifications that are taken alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A levels, awarding organisations will look to align timetables with 2021 exams.

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