These are extraordinary times and, after the cancellation of the summer 2020 exam series, we're delighted to be able to share information on the autumn 2020 exam series for General Qualifications, International Qualifications and Vocational Qualifications.

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The Department for Education has announced that support will be available to schools and colleges offerng an autumn exam series this year. This includes a guide for schools and colleges on who should enter students for autumn exams. It also explains the support DfE is giving for exam fees, sites and invigilators. Please read the guidance for further information.

We’ll be offering a full suite of exams for all our GCSE, AS and A level subjects* in autumn 2020.

Entries for these examinations can be made for GCSE, AS and A level students who had entries for the summer 2020 series, (whether those were with Pearson or another exam board), OR students and centres that can prove that there was an intention to sit an examination in summer 2020 but who were unable to, i.e. private candidates. 

The usual age requirement that any student needs to be 16 on or before 31 August to be eligible to take an assessment in English Language or Mathematics in November, does not apply to the November 2020 GCSE series for students who were entered for the relevant subject in the summer 2020 series. Therefore, the November 2020 GCSE series is available to:

  • students who were either entered for a subject, or where their centre has evidence that they intended to enter for the subject in the summer 2020 series, regardless of their age.
  • students aged 16 on or before 31 August 2020 entering for Mathematics or English Language, even if they had no summer 2020 entry.

*Any qualification subjects without any entries by the deadline date will be removed and late entries will not be accepted for any removed qualification subjects.

Important dates and entry deadlines

Qualification Examination window Entries open Entries deadline Late fees Results day
GCE 5 - 23
October
12
August
4
September
5 September 17 December
GCSE 2 - 23
November
19
August
18 September 19 September 11 February
GCSEs in English Language and Maths 2 - 23
November
19
August
4
October
5
October
14
January

See our lates exam timetables now published on our Timetables support page

Coursework and NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) 

The  Ofqual consultation on an additional GCSE, AS and A level exam series in autumn 2020 concluded that: 

  • exam boards must base results on students’ performance in exams alone and not on any non-exam assessment, with the exception of art and design qualifications. 

Therefore, there will not be any coursework or other NEA components (including the speaking assessment for GCSE and GCE languages qualifications) offered in the autumn series for GCSE, AS or A level subjects.  

The removal of coursework and NEA component for autumn 2020 means that the weighting of the exam components has been adjusted to make up 100% of the qualification. We will apply a scaling factor in accordance with the subject weighting to reflect the changes in relative weightings for each component.  

Where there is more than one exam component, the amended weightings can be seen in the document below. 

For qualifications where the removal of coursework/NEA leaves only one exam component, the exam will contribute 100% of the qualification outcome. The subjects with one exam component only can also be seen below. 

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Autumn 2020 series fees

As this is an exceptional year, we are freezing the autumn 2020 exam series fees, which means that the fees for all general qualifications in this series will remain the same as the fees published for 2019/2020. More information on these fees can be found in the following document.

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For international general qualifications (iPrimary, iLowerSecondary, International GCSE, and International AS/A Level), we've made a number of additions to the October/November 2020 series and some refinements to the January 2021 series for these international qualifications.

These arrangements are available to all students using international qualifications, including new entries, deferrals and students wanting to resit from any previous exam series, including the May and June 2020 series, and are subject to demand (see below for further details).

iPrimary and iLowerSecondary

Further to recent communications, there will be an autumn series, starting this year, for all subjects in iPrimary and iLowerSecondary.

International GCSE

We'll be offering exams for all our International GCSE subjects in autumn 2020. This is an additional arrangement for 2020 only. We will be running a focused January 2021 series of Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

International AS/A Level (IAL)

We have added a number of subjects to our existing International AS/A Level autumn series, including those assessments where the final opportunity for students to sit these would have been in May/June 2020.

View the full list of subject availability and changes for each qualification in the autumn series:

Coursework and NEA (Non-Examined Assessment)

In response to the ongoing need for social distancing, we can now confirm the following in relation to coursework and NEA:

International GCSEs in Chinese, French, German, Spanish
Following the same approach as the corresponding UK GCSEs, these qualifications will NOT include the speaking units in the autumn 2020 series.

International GCSEs in English Language A, English Literature, Art & Design
These will be delivered in full, including coursework, in autumn 2020.

Qualification Examination window Entry window opens Entries deadline Late fees * Results  
iPrimary and iLowerSecondary
12 - 15 October
2020
22
July
2020
29
August 2020
From 30 August (Higher fees from 23 September) 13 January 2021
International GCSE
2 - 23 November 2020
19 August 2020 18 September 2020 From 19 September (Higher fees from 17 October)
11 February 2021
International A Level
5 - 29
October
2020
22
July
2020
29
August 2020
From 30 August (Higher fees from 23 September)
13 January 2021

* It's important that you make your entries before the deadline date as any qualification subjects without any entries by the above deadline date will be removed and late entries will not be accepted for any removed qualification subjects.

October/November 2020 series fees

As this is an exceptional year, we will freeze the October/November 2020 fees. which means that the fees for this series for all general qualifications will remain the same as the fees published for 2019/2020.

Timetabled examinations and special considerations

If students are unable to take an exam within the autumn series due to circumstances beyond their control, their exam centre can apply to Pearson for special consideration for the Pearson Edexcel exam that was missed. The special consideration applied depends upon the circumstances faced by individual candidates.

The best way to make applications for absent candidates is to use the special consideration online tool, which can be accessed via Edexcel Online. For group requests please complete JCQ Form 10 and, along with the list of affected candidates, send to the special requirements team.

For all our qualifications, we follow the JCQ guidelines.

If students are unable to take any exams in the autumn 2020 series, their centre can enter them for a future series. We understand that there may be some instances where students may already have grades banked with us for specific components of a qualification through examinations sat previously.

We are reviewing circumstances in which this may give sufficient information to provide a grade for a qualification being completed in this Autumn series. We will share further details on this shortly.

You can download our autumn series arrangements FAQs:

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BTEC Levels 1-3 series-based external assessments

Many of the BTEC external assessments are available at multiple times of year. Learners will be able to sit/resit the external assessment in the next available window:

  • BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts - on-demand, Jan 2021, February 2021 or May/June 2021 (depending on sector/unit)
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards - February 2021, or May/June 2021 (depending on sector/unit)
  • BTEC Level 2 and 3 Technicals - on-demand, March, or May/June 2021 (depending on sector/unit)
  • BTEC Level 3 Nationals - Jan 2021 or May/June 2021 (depending on sector/unit).

Find out the next available external assessment opportunity for your BTEC qualification by consulting our exams timetables page

In addition, we're offering external assessments linked to Licence to Practice units (including Units 1 and 2 in the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (CPLD) and Unit 2 in the BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in CPLD). We're not planning on offering additional assessment opportunities during autumn 2020 beyond this.

Series Qualification Sector Unit code Unit title
Autumn 2020
BTEC Nationals
CPLD
20780E Unit 1: Child Development
Autumn 2020 BTEC Nationals CPLD 31597H
Unit 1: Children's Development
Autumn 2020 BTEC Nationals CPLD 31598H
Unit 2: Development of Children's Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Autumn 2020 BTEC Technicals CPLD 21221K Unit 2: Child Development from Birth up to Five Years

Entry deadlines

Series Basedata issued Entry window opens Entries deadline
Late fees charged from High late fees charged from 
Autumn 2020
24
August
2020
24
August
2020
11 September 2020
12
September 2020
30
September 2020