COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

At this current time, we know that many teachers, learners and families are still feeling anxious about the continuing uncertainties that we are all facing right now.

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Supporting schools, colleges, learners and teachers with teaching and learning is one of our key priorities, and never more so than now. The autumn 2020 exam series is now under way, and we've been working closely with Ofqual over recent months to finalise any changes to our qualifications and assessments for summer 2021. 

We're providing a range of information across subjects to help teachers understand the what this means for their subjects as well as support materials for both teachers and students to help in teaching and learning and preparation for summer 2021.    

In August 2020 Ofqual confirmed there would be changes to the 2021 examination series due to the impact coronavirus has had on students’ education. Since then we have been working closely with Ofqual to finalise what this will look like for our Pearson Edexcel GCSE, AS and A level qualifications for 2021.

On 12 October the Department for Education confirmed that GCSE, AS and A level examinations will take place in summer 2021, and that the summer exam series in 2021 will be moved back by three weeks and will start on 7 June and end on 2 July for almost all GCSE, AS and A levels.

GCSE, AS and A level

For some subjects there are changes to the qualifications and/or the way in which they are assessed, and there may be a change in the duration of the assessments. For other subjects there is little or no change. We’re providing a range of materials for teachers delivering our qualifications to help them understand the changes and support their students in the preparation for the summer 2021 exam series.

For full details on the changes and support available for all subjects please visit our Summer 2021 exam support page.

We are offering an autumn 2020 exam series for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications.

You can read the full information about this exam series, including:

  • exam timetables
  • information about the removal of coursework and NEA components (with the exception of art and design qualifications)
  • the weighting adjustments to the exam components
  • autumn exam fees
  • guidance on delivering exams safely.
We understand you may have questions about how the changes to the summer series affected your qualification fees. We've put together a simple, visual guide to highlight what is included in the fees for General Qualifications (including GCSE, International GCSE, AS and A level). Take a look at our simple, visual guide:

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We made a commitment to pass any net cost savings, where they existed, back to our customers as a credit on account, and we have written to all our customers providing information on the rebate that they will receive.

FAQs on General Qualifications fee rebates.

At times like these, it’s important to look after ourselves physically and mentally. If you or your students are feeling stressed or anxious, take a look at the mindfulness and well-being support available to help you through this difficult time.

If you have any further questions and would like to speak to us directly, you can submit questions through our contact form or by calling +44 (0) 344 463 2535.

Further information and guidance

For further information on BTEC, Work-based Learning and Functional Skills, please read the questions and answers we have put together to help explain our current plans:

BTEC information and guidance

LCCI information and guidance

For further information and guidance, you can visit:

Ofqual updates to 2020 exams

Public Health England blog

Government guidance for educational settings

If you need to talk to us about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the effect on your centre and learners, Exam Officers can call us on +44 (0) 344 463 2535. If you are a training provider or employer, you can call us on +44 (0) 344 576 0045.