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Autumn 2020 assessments

11 September 2020

A special and additional assessment series has been arranged this autumn. This coincides with an Ofqual requirement for all awarding organisations to run a full exam series in the autumn. All qualifications will be offered, and none can be withdrawn unless no entries are received by the stated closing date.

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Key Dates

The table below shows the entries deadline dates and assessment windows for the autumn 2020 assessment series across all Pearson Edexcel History qualifications. As our International A level qualifications already have a January assessment opportunity, only certain topics will have an assessment offered in this window. Please double-check the entry dates with your exams officer as an earlier internal entry deadline may be imposed at your school or college.

Qualification Entry deadline Start of window End of window
A level 4 September 5 October 23 October
GCSE 18 September* 2 November 23 November
International GCSE 18 September 2 November 23 November
IAL (certain topics) 29 August 5 October 29 October

*This date applies to GCSE History. GCSEs in English and maths have an earlier entry deadline (4 September).

No A level coursework in autumn 2020

It’s important to note that A level History will not include coursework in the autumn 2020 assessments in line with regulatory guidance from Ofqual. Results in this series will be based solely on the performance in examined papers 1, 2 and 3 which will have revised paper weightings as follows:

• Paper 1 – 37.5%
• Paper 2 – 25%
• Paper 3 – 37.5%

GCSE History and International GCSE History will be unchanged.

Restricted entries

It is intended that GCSE and A level entries in this series are restricted to those wanting to be examined following disappointing results or to those who had intended to take the summer 2020 exams but were withdrawn as the exam centre was unable to provide centre assessed grades. Entries for our International qualifications will be open to all candidates.

Which grade will count?

If students already have been issued grades in summer 2020 and also decide to take examinations in the autumn, Ofqual has confirmed that they will be able to use the highest of the two grades for future progression.


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