Student guide to exams and formal assessments in 2021 to 2022

A guide for students on how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications are graded and awarded in the academic year 2021 to 2022.

Applies to England



Arrangements for exams and assessments are a little different this year from other years when exams have gone ahead. This is to take account of the disruption to education caused by the pandemic.

This guide explains what is in place to support you in taking exams and assessments, and provides other information about this year’s arrangements.

This guide is for students taking any of these qualifications:

  • GCSEs
  • AS or A levels
  • other general qualifications, including International Baccalaureate, core mathematics and Pre-U
  • vocational and technical qualifications, including T Levels
  • a combination of these qualifications

The information may also be useful for parents and carers as well.

Published 8 March 2022