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Exam Arrangements

General Exams Information 2020-21

Subject and Board Information

Please click on the link below for the list of the exam boards that we are currently using.  This list is correct for exams in 2020/2021, but please be aware that we occasionally change exam boards from one year to the next.  If your child is not taking exams in this current academic year, they may study a different specification.

Examinations - List of subjects and exam boards for exams in 2020-21


Centre Specific Information

​Backwell School produces an Examination Information Booklet for students and parent/carers.  Every student taking exams will be given their own copy prior to the exams.  This booklet contains vital information about the exams process, including what to do if you are ill or late, as well as information about results and certificates.

Further general exams information and FAQs can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Examinations - General Information and FAQs 

Exam Top Tips


Access Arrangements

Access arrangements may be awarded to allow candidates with specific needs to access assessments.  The Education Support department deals with all aspects relating to access arrangements and will notify students and parents/carers of any arrangements that have been awarded as appropriate.  The links below provide further information.

Access Arrangements: Use of Word Processor

Guidance for candidates regarding access arrangements


Summer 2021 Examination Season

The government have announced that the Summer 2021 exams will be delayed to allow extra teaching time for GCSE and A level students.  Therefore the exam season for almost all AS and A levels, and GCSEs will start on 7 June and end on 2 July.  However, it is also planned that one maths and one English GCSE exam will be held just before the May half-term.

AQA and OCR have also confirmed that the summer timetable for the vocational qualifications (CNATs, CTECs and Applied Science) will be adjusted to align with the GCSEs and A-levels (as will results days).

​Contingency Day – Each year a day is set aside as a contingency day by the Joint Council for Qualifications in case of sustained national or local disruption.  As such, all exam candidates, both GCSE and A level, must be available to sit exams from the start of the season until this contingency day.  We have not yet been notified of this date.

Results Days 2021

AS and A level results day - Tuesday 24 August

​GCSE results day - Friday 27 August

JCQ Information - Exam Rules and Regulations

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) also issue guidance for students taking exams.  It is important that all students taking exams are familiar with the content of these documents.  They are valid for all 2020/21 exam seasons.

Information for candidates - Privacy Notice (2020)

Information for candidates – Written exams

Information for candidates – Social media

Information for candidates – Non-examination assessments

Information for candidates – Coursework

Information for candidates – On-screen tests