Welcome to our GCSE Exam information page.
As per government guidance, exams will go ahead in 2022. If exams cannot go ahead as planned, students will receive grades determined by their teachers, using teacher-assessed grades (TAGs) similar to those used in summer 2021.
Here you will be able to access information to guide students and parents/carers with helpful tools as well as, Exam Summer Timetable information and more. We will continue to update parents directly with school communications regarding GCSE Exam Information, but please also check this page regularly for updates.
Results Days August 2022
Thursday 25th August 2022 - Post 16 Study Centre
8.30am - 10.30am
Results will be available on Edulink
*Please note that written consent (by the student) will need to be presented by an adult to collect a student's results on their behalf.
Covid–19 special considerations for students with symptoms or positive tests. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has updated its guidance on special considerations to take account of the latest UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) guidance.
The guidance explains that an 'acceptable reason' for special considerations includes a student staying at home and avoiding contact with others, in line with UKHSA guidance, at the time of the exam. This could be because of symptoms in the guidance (e.g. a high temperature) or a positive COVID-19 test result.
If a student, does not attend their exam: they or their parent/carer must let Mrs Man, our exams manager, know of their absence ASAP and will need to fill in Form 14 (self-certification for candidates who have missed an examination) – this form will need to be requested by emailing Mrs Man on firstname.lastname@example.org
Students missing their exam due to this 'acceptable reason' will not be required to take a COVID-19 test as proof, but if the student does provide it, we would keep a photo of it as evidence. If you do have proof of a positive COVID-19 test, please email it to Mrs Man.
There have been some changes to the exam process for this summer
- There will be a minimum of 10 days between exams in each A-level and GCSE subject, to reduce the chance of students missing all exams in a subject due to this 'acceptable reason' (covid symptoms)
- Students will be awarded a grade where they have completed the assessment(s) for at least 1 whole component within the specification. Your child’s class teacher can confirm to them what this means for their subject.
- A grade cannot be made where none of the component/units within a specification have been completed. 25% of the total assessment must have been completed.
Grade boundaries will take the pandemic into account
Summer 2022 exams will be graded more generously this year to provide a safety net for students, according to the DfE's subject-by-subject support guidance.
Grade boundaries will be “based on a profile that reflects a midpoint between 2021 and pre-pandemic grading”. Teachers should continue to use the 2019 standards when predicting grades for UCAS. This is explained in Ofqual’s approach to grading exam and assessments.
If exams need to be cancelled in summer 2022 due to COVID-19, students will be awarded teacher-assessed grades (TAGs).
The process will be like the one used in summer 2021, and the government will publish guidance closer to the time. Exam boards will also provide a range of guidance and materials to use.
Summer Exam Timetable
GCSE Exam Information
|Subject||Exam Board & Style||Topics to be Covered in the Exams||Any Other Info|
|Art & Photography||AQA||N/A - No examination element in either Art or Photography|
|Biology||Biology - Exam Information - Click here|
|Business||Business - Exam Information - Click here|
|Chemistry||Chemistry - Exam Information - Click here|
|Combined Science||Combined Science - Exam Information - Click here|
|English Language||AQA||Paper 1 - Fiction Reading and Writing. Paper 2 - Non-fiction Reading and Writing|
|English Literature||AQA||An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet and Unseen Poetry|
|French||AQA 8658||For Foundation Writing units 1,2,3,5,6,9,10,12 & for Higher Writing 1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10,11,12||All topics to be covered in Listening, Reading & Speaking|
|Geography||OCR spec B||
The exam has not changed significantly from previous years but OCR has provided advanced information about which areas they will and will not be examining to support students.
The Advanced information released by the exam board for their exam can be found at:
|German||AQA 8668||For Foundation Writing units 2,3,5,8,10,12 and for Higher Writing units 2,3,5,8,10,11,12||All topics to be covered in Listening, Reading & Speaking|
|History||AQA||Paper 1 - Conflict and Tension 1918-1939 and American 1920-1973 - two topics together
Paper 2 - Britain: Health and the People - 1 topic
|Two papers -
2 hours for Paper 1
1 hour for Paper 2
|Maths||Maths - Exam Information - Click here|
|Physics||Physics - Exam Information - Click here|
|Physical Education||Pearson Edexcel GCSE PE (2016 Specification)||1. Applied Anatomy and Physiology 2. Movement Analysis 3. Physical Training 4. Health Fitness and Wellbeing 5. Sport Psychology||Submission of practical required before practical moderation. Further guidance on this will follow.|
|Spanish||AQA 8698||For Foundation Writing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12 (only unit 11 omitted)
For Higher Writing 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 (only unit 3 omitted)
|All topics to be covered in Listening, Reading & Speaking|
Exam Contingency Day
Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Students must be available on this day in the event of a national emergency or event (e.g. the Manchester Arena Bombing).
Government guidance if exams are disrupted: Ofqual: rolling update - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Exam Revision Tools
Below is a list of resources for students, in order to help guide them in preparing for their exams, revision and self assessments.
1. ADAPT revision app – This app is useful to actually plan student’s revision. Students input the dates of their exams and their subject exam boards, and then the app will schedule, subjects and topics for them to revise over a period of time in the run-up to their exams.
2. GCSE Pod – This app provides students with short video podcasts about topics they have studied across most of their subjects. The podcasts can be downloaded and used off-line and are broken into ‘manageable chunks’ which would complement the schedule created by ADAPT revision. Students have their own log-in.
3. SENECA - Free to students, a website that speeds up learning and challenges the student with assessments for each GCSE Exam board. Students can tailor it to their specific exams, as well as run through it multiple times for guidance.