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GCSE Exams

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 2023

GCSE Results
Thursday 24 August 2023 - Post 16 Study Centre
8.30am - 10.30am

Results will be available on Edulink via Student Log in only (not parental log in)
*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. 

Updates: 

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 sman@ccs.northants.sch.uk

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.

Contingency arrangements

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.

For CCS students they currently study:

Paper 1
Distinctive Landscapes
Changing Climate
Sustaining Eco-systems or Global Hazards

Paper 2
Dynamic Development
Urban Futures
UK in the 21st Century

Paper 3
Geographical Skills - Students will be given a range of sources about a theme and will answer questions using the information. This paper included a range of short and long answer questions.

Link to Sample Paper 1
Link to Sample Paper 2
Link to Sample Paper 3

The Advanced information released by the exam board for their exam can be found at:
2022 advance information (ocr.org.uk)

 

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.

Adapt - free Revision Timetable App for A-level & GCSE (getadapt.co.uk)

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.

GCSE Learning and Revision | GCSEPod

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.

SENECA - Website

 

 

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