Guidance

Taking exams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What schools, colleges and students need to know about cancelled GCSEs, AS and A levels and other qualifications in 2020, and the plans for taking future exams.

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This guidance gives information on the awarding of GCSEs, AS and A levels and other qualifications in summer 2020.

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.

Helpline opening hours
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 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 27 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated with information on the awarding of grades and autumn exams in 2020 and exams in summer 2021.

  2. Removed some questions relating to outdated information, included a new question with more detail on centre assessment grades, added detail on timings, added detail on the autumn series of exams added new section on 2021 exams arrangements.

  3. This page has been updated to reflect the publication of Ofqual consultation documents.

  4. Updated 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020' to reflect Ofqual consultation closing.

  5. Updated 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020' including details of Ofqual's consultation on exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment.

  6. Updated 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020' to reflect new guidance from Ofqual.

  7. First published.