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Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

This guidance aims to answer common questions in relation to the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in 2020.

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This guidance provides answers to common questions asked in relation to the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

From Friday 20 March, all educational settings are closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children, which means exams have been cancelled.

DfE coronavirus helpline

If you have a query about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to schools and other educational establishments, and children's social care, in England contact our helpline.

Easter opening hours:
On Good Friday, Saturday 11 April and Easter Monday lines are open from 10am to 4pm.

The helpline is closed on Easter Sunday.

Our standard opening hours will resume on Tuesday 14 April:
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends 10am to 4pm.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Published 20 March 2020
Last updated 3 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020' to reflect new guidance from Ofqual.

  2. First published.