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 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


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



Autumn 2020 Examination Season


Examination Booklet Autumn 2020 - Key Information 


Centre Assessed Marks - Review of marking policy and key dates Autumn 2020



Summer 2021 Examination Season

We are still awaiting information from Ofqual regarding the dates of examinations in Summer 2021.  We will update this page as soon as we have more information.

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.

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