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Arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level exams and assessments in 2023

Following the published the outcome of the joint Ofqual and DfE consultation on summer 2023 examinations this information has been released.

Exam boards have published their exam timetables for summer 2023:

Contingency sessions are on the afternoons of 8 and 15 June, and on 28 June. These days would be used in the unlikely event that exams had to be moved because they could not take place when planned. Everyone sitting an exam in the Summer 2023 series must be available on these dates. 

Students will be given formulae and equation sheets in GCSE mathematics, physics, and combined science exams

From 2023 onwards, GCSE modern foreign languages exams do not have to test unfamiliar vocabulary. Exams may still contain unfamiliar vocabulary, but exam boards can give meanings for words that are not on their vocabulary lists.


Grading for GCSE, AS and A levels in 2023

A level of protection will be applied in 2023. Broadly speaking this means that a typical student who would have achieved, for example, an A grade in A level geography before the pandemic will be just as likely to get an A next summer, even if their performance in the assessments is a little weaker in 2023 than it would have been before the pandemic.

Ofqual have stated that:

  • There is no pre-determined ‘quota’ of grades.
  • The grading system does not require that any students fail.
  • Grade boundaries are not set until after students have taken exams and marking is complete, so that it is fair to students if papers are harder or easier from year to year.


Contingency arrangements for GCSE, AS, A level, AEA and Project qualifications

  • This evidence would only be used to determine Teacher Assessed Grades in the very unlikely event that exams could not go ahead.
  • Schools and colleges have been told that evidence should come from the mock exams that students normally take.


Student guide

  • Ofqual will also be publishing a Student Guide in the spring term, with all the information students need on exams and assessments in 2023. You will find this on the Ofqual website.