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Exams are due to go ahead this summer, but there are some changes to normal procedure. Understand the current plans for summer 2022 and how assessment will look different.

GCSEs, AS and A-levels

The following information is from the DfE's proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A-levels in 2022, unless otherwise stated.

Subjects will include advanced information or optional content

The following GCSE subjects will have optional topics or content:

  • English literature
  • History
  • Ancient history
  • Geography

Students won't be assessed on all topics and content in those subjects.

For all other GCSE, AS and A-level subjects, exam boards will provide advance information about the focus of the content covered in the exams.

This will be provided by 7 February 2022 at the latest. Information may be provided earlier at the DfE’s discretion.

Formulae and equation sheets will be provided 

Pupils taking the following GCSE subjects will be given sheets with all the necessary formulae and equations as part of the exam:

  • Mathematics (formulae)
  • Physics (equations)
  • Combined science (equations)

Hands-on practical activities are

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