Additional Support for Exams in 21/22
JCQ has published a guide for students and updated FAQs on advance information. Advance information is one part of a package of measures introduced by Government to support students whose learning has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and is intended to help guide and prioritise revision.
JCQ has provided links to guidance on advance information from JCQ member awarding bodies on a dedicated landing page. You can find relevant guidance from JCQ and Ofqual, including FAQs for students and exam centres, and the student guide on the JCQ Advance Information landing page.
An unprecedented package of support for students taking exams this year
Summer exams for GCSEs, AS and A levels will be taking place in 2022 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Ofqual and the Department for Education recognise the difficulties students may have faced during the pandemic, and changes have been made to this year’s arrangements to help students.
An unprecedented package of support has been put in place for students. Advance information will help them focus their revision. Exam boards have provided advance information for exams in most subjects. Students will have a choice of topics or content in some other GCSE subjects. Exam boards will also provide a formulae sheet and an updated equation sheet that students will have in their GCSE maths, physics and combined science exams.
This advance information will also help teachers manage revision time in the lead-up to exams. In addition, more generous grading will provide a safety net for students.
The government intends that exams will go ahead in summer 2022, with some changes to exams and non-exam assessments:
- exams will be graded more generously this year – providing a safety net for students
- advance information will help students to focus their revision
- exam boards have provided advance information for exams in most subjects
- students will have a choice of topics or content in some other GCSE subjects
- exam boards will provide a formulae sheet and an updated equation sheet that students will have in their GCSE maths, physics and combined science exams
Advance information might look different for different subjects because of how they are structured and assessed, but as far as possible the exam boards have made sure the approaches within a subject are the same.
Exam boards have published specific information about the changes for each qualification they offer, you should check their websites for more information: