GCSE and A Level External Examinations

GCSE and A Level examinations take place between 11th May and 24th June 2020.

All students taking GCSE and A Level exams must be available until 24th June in case the JCQ contingency plan is required.

Exam results days

GCE – 13th August 2020

GCSE – 20th August 2020


GCSE and A Level exam certificates will be available from mid-November.  Students who are still on roll will be contacted and asked to collect their certificate(s) from the exams office.  For candidates who are no longer on roll, their certificate(s) will be posted to them. Any certificates that are posted will be sent by recorded delivery.


Students will receive a Statement of Entry in late January which will list all of the exams they will be sitting. This must be checked by the students and any errors or omissions should be reported to the exams office immediately. If a student with a clash has a preference about which order papers are sat, please discuss this with the exams office.

Students will receive personalised timetables nearer to the start of the exams which include examination details such as date, time, duration, room and seat number.

Examination boards

For GCSEs and A Levels, the following exam boards are used:

  • AQA
  • OCR
  • Edexcel
  • WJEC

Candidate name

Candidates should check that the name which appears on their Statement of Entry is their correct legal name as this will appear on certificates. Candidates must also write their legal name on all examination scripts.

Candidate number

Each candidate has a four-digit candidate number which will appear on the Statement of Entry and which must be written on all examination scripts.

Food and drink

Food is not permitted in the examination room unless there is a medical requirement.

Water is permitted in the examination room but must it be in a clear bottle with the label removed.


Students should make sure they have the correct equipment for the exam.  The following equipment may be required as per the individual examination requirements:

  • Black pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Calculator

All equipment must be in a clear plastic pencil case or bag.

Examination regulations

Copies of the following JCQ notices can be found below:

It is important that students read and understand the regulations as any breach of these rules could result in a student being disqualified from examinations.

The ‘Warning to Candidates’ and ‘No Mobile Phones Poster’ will be displayed outside each examination venue.

At all times during the exams, please follow the instructions of the invigilator.

Start time of examinations

  • Morning – 09:30
  • Afternoon – 13:30

The standard time of examinations is as above. However, if a student has a clash or access arrangements, please refer to individual examination timetables for confirmation of timings.

Finish time of examinations

The finish times of examinations will vary depending upon the length of the examination; this information can be found on exam timetables.

Students who have been granted additional time by the SEN department are expected to stay for the full duration of the exam.

Attendance at examinations

Students are responsible for checking their own timetables and arriving at college on the correct day and time.

A Level students should go straight to their examination room and then wait outside until the invigilator calls them in.  Please be outside the room 10 minutes before the start time.

GCSE students should pre-register for their exams outside the Student Hub.  Again, students should arrive early and in good time for their examinations.

Notification of results

A Level results will be available for collection on Thursday 13th August 2019.  GCSE results will be available for collection from college on Thursday 20th August.  Students who are unable to collect their results in person should contact the exams office prior to results day to make alternative arrangements.

Post results services

Post results services give candidates the opportunity to request a copy of an exam script back (Access to Scripts) or to request a review of marking (Review of Results).

Students need to be aware that, if they decide to progress with a review of marking, there are three possible outcomes:

  • The original mark is lowered, so the final grade may be lower than the original grade received.
  • The original mark is confirmed as correct, and there is no change to the grade.
  • The original mark is raised, so the final grade may be higher than the original grade received.

In order for college to request post results services, the relevant form must be completed and signed by the student.  This is available from the exams office. A fee will be charged for this service which will be refunded if the overall grade changes.

If students have any queries about their A Level or GCSE exams, they should come and speak with the Lead Examinations Officer who is based in the exams office.

Good luck to all students for their A Level and GCSE examinations.