Exam cancellation information 2021

Information for students and parents / carers - April 2021

Due to the continuing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) all GCSE, AS, A levels and vocational and technical examinations, which were due to take place in summer 2021, have been cancelled. The priority is to ensure students can move on as planned to the next stage including employment, university, college, sixth form or apprenticeships.


Students will be awarded grades for the examinations they were due to sit this summer.

How will grades be awarded?

The Department for Education along with Ofqual, the exam regulator, consulted on how grades should be awarded this summer.  

Grades will be based on teacher assessment 

  • Only content delivered will be assessed

  • A broad range of evidence can be used from across the course for teacher assessment

  • Non-exam assessment will be marked by teachers

  • Exam boards will provide materials which can be used by teachers to support assessment

Each school/ college will need a Centre Policy outlining the processes they are undertaking.  Exam boards have a quality assurance role to ensure that grades awarded are as fair as possible.

When will the grades be awarded?

  • AS and A Level results day is 10 August 2021

  • GCSE result day is 12 August 2021

What if I don't agree with the grades?

  • If you do not believe that the grade awarded reflects your performance, then you can ask your school/ college to check whether there has been an error.

  • If you do not believe that the grade awarded reflects your performance and there has not been an error then you can ask your school/ college to submit an appeal on your behalf to the exam board.  The exam board will then examine the evidence used to determine your grade. 

How will the grades be used?

The grades awarded will be formal grades and will be used for entry to colleges and universities.

A guide for students, parents and guardians has been produced by the Joint Council for Qualifications