Summer 2021 exam support
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In August 2020 Ofqual confirmed there will be changes to the 2021 examination series due to the impact coronavirus has had on students’ education. We are now working with Ofqual to finalise what this will look like for our Pearson Edexcel GCSE, AS and A level exams next year, and we will keep you up to date and share specific details as soon as Ofqual has confirmed those with us.

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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.   

You can read full details about the changes to GCSE, AS and A levels in 2021 on the government website.

We’ll be providing you with a range of information across subjects that will help to:

  • support teachers in understanding any changes* to qualifications by providing guidance and updates to specifications, exams and assessments
  • support teachers in understanding the current level of student knowledge, identify any gaps and offer solutions for how to address these
  • support students in understanding their current level of knowledge and provide material to help them plug the gaps.

In addition, we’ll be providing training and network events where you’ll have opportunity to hear more from our Pearson subject experts about the summer 2021 changes and all the support available to help you and you students prepare.

*The changes outlined in the documents provided for our summer 2021 exams are correct as of the date of publication. Please note that these changes apply to the 2021 exam series only. For students due to be examined in 2022 these changes do not apply.

International qualifications

We have consulted on the summer (May/June) 2021 exam series for international qualifications (International GCSE and International AS/A level). The outcomes will inform decisions regarding changes to our international qualifications for May/June 2021, taking into consideration the changes to comparable UK qualifications now published by Ofqual.

Please use the drop-down menu below to find subject-specific support.

We can confirm that there will be no changes to the qualification, specification or assessments for International AS/A level for the May/June 2021 exam series.

We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2021 assessment series. You can find out more about all the support we have available by following the above links to the qualification page.

We can confirm that there will be no changes to the qualification, specification or assessments for iPrimary and iLowerSecondary for the May/June 2021 exam series.

We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2021 assessment series. You can find out more about all the support we have available by following the above links to the qualification pages.