full array of exams in the autumn 2021

We are campaigning for the full sweet Optional A-level and GCSE exams set to run in autumn of 2021

This will be a chance to boast your grades if the summer 2021 turn out to be not what you expect.

If you are unhappy with the centre-assessed grades you’re issued in the summer of 2021, you may be able to 're sit' those grades by sitting exams in autumn if they agree to put on the full sweet of exams. Exam regulator Ofqual has been asked with setting up a full series of optional exams for later in the year and it is looking for your feedback on how they should work.

What’s happening with autumn exams?

If you were due to sit GCSE, AS-level or A-level exams in the summer of 2021, you will be receiving centre-assessed grades instead. If you feel that your grade doesn’t reflect your exam performance then you have a right to appeal it. 

If you’re unhappy with your exams grade, you will also have an opportunity to improve it by taking GCSE, AS and A-level exams in the autumn of 2021.

These exams have been confirmed as government policy; Ofqual is now deciding how the whole process will work. We are campaigning for the full array for private candidates. In a letter to Ofqual’s chief regulator Simon Rebus, education secretary Gavin Williamson says:  “This year it is important that students have the opportunity to sit an exam if they wish to improve their teacher assessed grade. The government’s policy is, therefore, that there needs to be a full series of GCSE, AS and A level examinations held in the autumn and I expect Ofqual to make provision for this.”

While in the autumn of 2020 exam candidates were able to sit exams and take their highest grade. Though not the full array.

What is the autumn 2021 exam proposal?

  • if you’re unhappy with your centre-assessed grade, you can sit exams in autumn and use whichever grade is better.

  • Any exam candidate who receives a teacher-assessed grade this summer, and anyone who was due to take their GCSE, AS and A-level exams this summer can take the autumn 2021 exams.

  • Grades for the autumn exams will only be based on the exams rather than course

  • The autumn 2021 exams will be in their usual format (as in a normal academic year) and you will sit as many as your course would normally require.

  • Normal systems for marking, reviewing marking and appeals will be as in a normal school year.