Summer 2022 support
We’ll be providing information and support to you and your students as you prepare for the summer 2022 assessments. We’ll be releasing more information and guidance as arrangements are confirmed and will ensure we keep you up to date with all the general qualification news for summer 2022. Information for BTECs and vocational qualifications may differ and can be found on our Teaching, learning and assessment 2021/2022 hub.
Advance information – November 2022
Following the summer 2022 adaptations consultation, the Department for Education and Ofqual confirmed that advance information will also be provided for the November 2022 series of exams in GCSE English language and mathematics. For the GCSE mathematics exams in November 2022, formulae sheets will also be provided. These formulae sheets are the same as those provided for the May/June 2022 series.
The advance information for November 2022 is different from the May/June series and relates specifically to the November resit content. As with the May/June 2022 advance information, it will provide information about the focus of some of the content that will be included in the November exam papers, to help students manage their exam preparation.
The advance information can be accessed via the individual subject 2022 support pages, found under the heading '2022 support' further down this page
To help schools and colleges access the advance information more easily, we have also grouped all the November advance information documents together in one zip file below. Simply download the zip file to access the advance information for each subject.
Advance information May/June 2022
Advance information is available for all relevant GCSE, AS, A level, International GCSE and International A level subjects and can be accessed via the individual subject Summer 2022 support pages, found under the heading '2022 support' further down this page.
We have updated some of the advance information documents where minor typographical amendments were needed OR to meet the principles of advance information content agreed by all exam boards. The qualifications and type of amendments are listed below.
The updates are demarcated in the document on the left-hand sidebar. A grey line in the sidebar shows where the change to the document was made.
Please make sure you are using the latest version for these qualifications that are linked from the table.
|Qualification||Version||Link to final version||Details of amendments|
|GCSE Biblical Hebrew||V2||Final Document
||Content - Bullet point 4 on page 3 has been removed.|
|GCSE Mathematics||V2||Final Document||Typographical - AI updated to include all detail in both the individual paper lists and the collated paper lists. These updates are reflected on pages 6 and 21.|
|GCSE Physical Education||V2||Final Document||Content – Bullet point removed on information section and page 3.|
|GCSE Physical Education (Short Course)||V2||Final Document||Content – Bullet point removed on information section and page 3.|
|A level Economics A||V3||Final Document||Content - Quantitative skills have been added on pages 4 and 5.|
|AS Economics A||V3||Final Document||Content - Quantitative skills have been added on pages 5, 7 and 9.|
|A level Geography||V2||Final Document||Typographical – Headings 1.7.a and 1.7.c amended.|
|A level History||V2||Final Document||Typographical - Topic 37.2 title has been changed to say Section A and Section B.|
|A level Physical Education||V2||Final Document||Content – Bullet point removed on information section and page 3.|
|A level Politics||V2||Final Document||Content – Full specification points added to page 6 and 7.|
|A level Religious Studies||V2||Final Document||Typographical – Removal of erroneous number on page 9.|
To help schools and colleges access the advance information more easily, we have also grouped all the documents together in zip files by qualification type below. Simply download each zip file to access the advance information for each subject.
There are four different types of adaptations for assessments in 2022: Advance Information, optionality, exam support and NEA/fieldwork adaptations.
On 9 December Ofqual published a letter to schools outlining the nature of the advance information that exam boards will be publishing by 7 February 2022 for some GCSE, AS and A level subjects.
Subject-specific guidance on advance information is available via the qualification links below under the heading Summer 2022 support.
In addition to these four main categories of adaptations, there are also adaptations to the assessment of practical science work.
Please visit your individual subject pages to find out about the specific adaptations which have been put in place for each subject.
Please note, that the changes to assessments published on 30 September are not intended to be carried forward to summer 2023. Schools and colleges should deliver the full course content for GCSE and A level courses due to be assessed in 2023.
On 7 February 2022, advance information was released for all relevant GCSE, AS, A level, International GCSE and International A level subjects.
You can access the advance information from your subject’s 2022 support page. To find your subject support page, please scroll to the bottom of this web page below the heading 'Summer 2022 support', click on the qualification drop down box, then select your subject.
We've also created a set of FAQs about the summer 2022 adapations and arrangements, including a section on advance information.
Further information from the Department for Education on exams in 2022 can be found on their Education Hub blog post.
And for further support this summer, we've created some advance information revision support packages tailored to selected subjects, with free access to front-of-class revision resources* until 28 June 2022.
*You do not have to purchase any resources to deliver our qualifications.
Advance information is available for all subjects except GCSE and International GCSE English Literature, Geography, History, Art and Design and A level Art and Design. This is because there are different forms of help for those qualifications.
For many subjects, the advance information states which content from the specification will be assessed on which exam paper. However, it’s important to remember that the advance information for a subject will be similar across different exam boards.
Advance information does not provide guidance about specific questions. Students might still need to use other knowledge and skills from the whole course. This will often be the case for questions that carry very few marks (‘low tariff’ questions) and questions that draw upon different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across the course (‘synoptic’ questions).
The advance information will help to focus revision on the areas worth the most marks. The instructions given in the advance information will give more information about what is included in it. It is important that students have a good understanding of all the specification content areas across all their subjects. This will make sure they are fully prepared for the summer exams.
What are ‘low tariff’ and ‘high tariff’ questions?
While this will vary between different specifications and assessments, ‘tariff’ is the number of marks allocated to a given question. Most low tariff questions are worth single marks. High tariff questions tend to have higher marks e.g. 8 or 12 marks.
What a ‘low tariff’ and ‘high tariff’ question look like will be different in different subjects. Usually, the more students have to do beyond simply giving a single word or sentence response, the more likely it is to be a ‘high tariff’ question.
It may also be the case that some questions that are considered ‘low tariff’ are covered by advance information provided for ‘high tariff’ questions if an area of content were to appear in different questions.
Not every subject’s advance information will focus solely on high tariff aspects of the exams. High tariff questions are not necessarily the hardest questions on a paper. Having advance information on what could be covered in the high tariff parts of the exam should help focus students’ revision and provide them with the knowledge they need to better respond to the types of questions that may require them to show more of their knowledge in one answer.
JCQ have released updated Special Considerations Guidance to cover COVID-19 for Summer 2022. The guidance has been created in line with the latest UKHSA guidance. Candidates should be encouraged to attend examinations as much as possible and where it is safe to do so in line with Government guidelines.
However, in circumstances where a candidate who is staying at home and avoiding contact with others, in line with UKHSA guidance, at the time of the examination, is considered to be absent from the examination for an acceptable reason and would be eligible for special considerations. This includes candidates who are displaying the symptoms described in the UKHSA guidance as advising them to stay at home (e.g. a high temperature for those aged 18 and under) as well as those with a positive COVID-19 test result. Where a candidate still wishes to attend an examination, despite having symptoms (e.g. a high temperature) or a positive COVID-19 test, the centre should encourage the candidate to follow the UKHSA’s guidance.
The JCQ awarding bodies will be adapting Form 14 - JCQ/ME - Self-certification for candidates who have missed an examination to assist centres in dealing with candidates who are absent from an examination for an acceptable reason in line with the UKHSA guidance. Centres will expect parents, carers and candidates to complete the relevant sections of the form. Centres can verify the candidate’s circumstances, where provided in Form 14, to process an application for special consideration using the category ‘absent candidate’. There is no requirement for a candidate to complete a COVID-19 test to provide evidence of their absence from an examination.
JCQ has released a set of FAQs to read in conjunction with the guide.
Qualifications that are providing optionality or have NEA/fieldwork adaptions in Summer 2022 will have changes to the number of marks in some components/papers or have components/papers removed completely.
The Summer 2022 component details for these qualifications are summarised in the PDF below.
Results days will be one week apart as usual:
- Thursday 18 August for AS and A level results
- Thursday 25 August for GCSE and International GCSE results.
The Department for Education and Ofqual have confirmed that if exams have to be cancelled in summer 2022, students’ grades would instead be determined by their teachers, using a TAGs approach similar to that used in summer 2021. TAGs are based on teachers’ assessment of their students’ work.
Detailed information on how TAGs would be determined in summer 2022 will only be published if exams are cancelled. At that point, we would take account of the timing of the decision, the reason for the decision and any public health restrictions in place at the time, as well as lessons learned from the 2021 arrangements, and would provide further guidance to centres. In the meantime, teachers should teach and assess their students as they would throughout the year, in line with the guidance below, to gather the evidence they would use to determine TAGs, in case they are needed.
You can also take a look at the Joint Council for Qualifications summer 2022 contingency FAQs, updated on 2 December.
Exams will take place in 2022 for International GCSE, International AS/A level, iPrimary and iLowerSecondary. But in the unlikely event that exams cannot take place in some jurisdictions again because of the pandemic, we are now able to confirm that in the exceptional circumstance that exams cannot go ahead in your country in May/June 2022, students’ grades would instead be determined by using an evidence-based approach which would then be marked and graded by us. Centres would have to submit at least one set of past papers as part of the portfolio.
Detailed information on how grades would be determined in May/June 2022 will only be published if exams are cancelled. At that point, we would take account of the timing of the decision, the reason for the decision and any public health restrictions in place in specific international regions at the time, as well as lessons learned from the 2021 arrangements, and would provide further guidance to centres. In the meantime, teachers should teach and assess their students as they would throughout the year, in line with the guidance below, to gather the evidence they would use to determine grades, in case they are needed.
For information on Vocational qualifications and summer 2022, please visit our dedicated support page:
To help all schools and colleges over the coming months we’ve put together a list of all the key links and support documents for the May/June 2022 exam series in one, easy-to-navigate place. This information is relevant for all centres delivering our UK and International general qualifications.
We’ll keep this list up to date as further information becomes available. Download the key support links document below.
We'll continue to keep this web page up to date and provide news and information in the regular Pearson Qualifications Bulletin. For subject-specific support, please do stay in touch with your Subject Advisors and you can also contact us directly if you have any other queries.
We'll be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 exam series arrangements. Take a look at the support for your subject qualifications below:
There are no Adjustments or Advance Information for the International A Level unit examinations in May/June 2022, except for International A Level Law as this is a Linear qualification.
Students have opportunities to sit International A Level examinations in the January, May/June and October/November series. Due to the modular approach of these qualifications, we have decided the fairest and most consistent approach for students is to continue running them as a regular series.