Exams 2021 – What’s the latest?

The current situation means that schools are expected to close until at least the February half term this will have an impact on those undertaking GCSE and A Level exams this year.

Schools across the UK are currently closed for students, the only exceptions are; children who are vulnerable, children whose parents are key workers and those in nursery.

What does this mean for exams


GCSE and A levels exams are cancelled for 2021, we are expecting more information on exactly how students will be graded this year on Wednesday


GCSE, AS Levels and A levels exams are cancelled for 2021. Grades will be decided based on classroom assessments.


Higher and Advanced Higher exams were cancelled in December last year, grades will be decided by teacher assessments

Northern Ireland

Post Primary exams have been cancelled with more information on how placements can take place due in the coming days.

What about vocational education?

At the moment exam cancellations only cover GCSE, A Level, AS Level, Highers and Advanced Highers.  Vocational exams are still planned to take place as. We will keep you updated as we get more information on this.

Even my Btec exams this week?

At the moment Btec exams scheduled for this week are due to continue as planned, your sixth forms and colleges will be working hard to organise how this can work. There are indications that the Government may allow each college or sixth form to decide if they can have the exams take place meaning we may still have some confusion around this for today.

Our best advice at the moment is to:

  1. Keep revising, keep up your revision as planned – expect to be undertaking your exams as usual and do all you can to prepare
  2. Keep in contact, reach out to your teachers and make sure you are checking your emails or online systems for updates, revision notes and extra support
  3. Stay calm, things are changing last minute and that can feel scary but this year and last are extraordinary and every one understands that.

Any more information on Uni Exams or SATs?

At the moment there is no information on how universities will manage this year’s exams, at present we know only certain courses with necessary contact hours are taking place. Decisions on universities will most likely be made by them so stay in contact and keep working and revising as best as you can.

There is no information as to what will happen with SATs this year.

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