GCSE & A-Level Exams 2021 – What’s the latest?

To make next year’s GCSE and A-level exams fairer after all the breaks in learning for students the DfE have announced a range of measures to support young people taking exams in 2021.

2020 has been a big year for everybody, it can certainly feel like there hasn’t been a part of our lives that hasn’t had some form of disruption. This year schools and colleges had to close (except for certain students) and even though most schools have been open again since September things have still been disrupted.

What will happen if I am taking my GCSE or A-level exams next year?

For students taking their GCSE’s and A-levels next year the Government have decided to add some additional measures to make things fairer and compensate for the time that has been missed in school so far.

What are they doing?

  • Reviewing the grading system and making it more generous
  • For some subjects and exams you will be told what topics will be covered so you can focus your revision.
  • There will be more exam aids – like formula sheets – provided in some exams. This is to give students confidence and help you know what to memorise.
  • Additional exams will be put in place to give students a second chance to sit a paper if the main exams or assessments are missed due to illness or self-isolation
  • They are also setting up a specialist group to look at how Coronavirus is impacting young people across the country

What happened last year?

Last year’s GCSE and A-Level students (as well as those studying Btec qualifications) had their grades assessed based on teachers assessments. There was some confusion around this last year but the Government are doing there best to ensure they are more prepared for 2021 exams.

What can I do now?

Firstly, do not panic! These range of measures being put in place are to give you the best chance possible.

Secondly, this information is only just being announced, more information will come about the subjects this will effect.

Finally, at Youth Employment UK we will be here to keep you up to date on what is happening but also to help you, we will be providing the best revision tips, how to create the best formula sheets and top tips to keep you calm – so stay tuned!

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