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GCSE and A Level External Examinations

Autumn GCSE and A Level examinations take place between Friday 9 October and Monday 9 November 2020.

Exam results days

GCE – 17 December 2020

GCSE (Maths and English Language) – 14 January 2021


GCSE and A Level exam certificates will be available from early April.  Candidates who are still on roll may 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. Candidates must ensure they have notified the College of their correct address, email and phone number(s).


Candidates will receive a Statement of Entry which will list all of the exams they will be sitting. This must be checked by the candidates and any errors or omissions should be reported to the exams office immediately. Candidates are responsible for checking:

  • Name is spelt correctly
  • Address is correct
  • Dates and times of all exams

Candidates will receive personalised timetables nearer to the start of the exams which include examination details such as special arrangements, 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.


Candidates 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

The College cannot supply any equipment.  Candidates are responsible for bringing ALL the equipment needed for each exam.  Any pencil cases taken into the exam room must be see-through.

Candidates may bring a small hand sanitiser into the exam room.

Face coverings

  • Candidates must wear a face covering whilst waiting to enter and when leaving the exam room
  • Candidates do not need to wear a face covering during exams, but may wear it if preferred.


  • Prior to the exam, GCSE candidates must wait in the designated waiting area. They must not wait outside the exam room.  GCSE candidates will be called in to the exam.
  • Candidates will be seated in the exam room in “bubbles”.
  • For any candidate seated in the Sports hall, there will be a temperature check before entering the room.
  • Further details will be confirmed closer to the exam date.


Exam rooms will be kept clean.  Frequently touched surfaces (door handles, individual desks and so on) will be cleaned after every exam.

Examination regulations

Copies of examinations regulatory notices can be found at https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/information-for-candidates-documents/

  • Information for Candidates – Coursework
  • Information for Candidates – Non-Examination Assessment
  • Information for Candidates – On Screen-Tests
  • Information for Candidates – Privacy Notice
  • Information for Candidates – Social Media
  • Information for Candidates – Written Examinations

It is important that candidates read and understand the regulations as any breach of these rules could result in a candidate 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.

Please note: hats, watches, mobile phones or any other electronic devices will not be allowed AT EXAM DESKS in the exam room.  They should be put away before entering the exam room and candidates must follow the instructions of the invigilator/s.

Start time of examinations

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

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.

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

Attendance at examinations

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

A Level candidates should go straight to their examination room and then wait outside until the invigilator calls them in.  Please be outside the room no more than 10 minutes before the start time.

GCSE candidates should pre-register for their exams.  Further information will be provided. Again, candidates should arrive early and in good time for their examinations.

Notification of results

A Level results will be available on Thursday 17 December.  GCSE results will be available on Thursday 14 January.  Statements of results will be emailed to each candidate’s College email address and will be available on ProPortal. Candidates who are no longer currently studying at the College will receive further guidance how to access their results.

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).

Candidates 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 candidate.  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 any candidate has a query about their A Level or GCSE exams, they should come and speak with the Lead Examinations Officer who is based in the exams office E030, or email exams@telfordcollege.ac.uk.

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