Summer 2022 support

On 30 September, the Department for Education and Ofqual published the outcomes of the consultation on proposed summer 2022 adaptations, including optionality and advance information.

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The consultation concluded that all of the proposals set out in the consultation document would be implemented.

Read more about the 2022 adaptations consultation outcomes

For GCSE Astronomy, the following arrangements have been confirmed for summer 2022:

Advance information

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some of the topic areas that will be included on the exam papers, helping them to manage their exam preparation. This information will be issued in the spring term to help students to focus their revision time.

However, the DfE have confirmed that if the impact of the pandemic worsens, this could be issued earlier in the academic year. We will update you on the timing of the advance information release once this has been confirmed.

Read more about advance information with the JCQ teacher guidance

Exam support materials

No additional exam support materials will be provided. However, students in 2022 will continue to have access to the Astronomical Data and the Formula Sheet for Astronomy that have been provided in previous exam series.

Observational activities

The requirement for students to undertake two observational activities – one aided and one unaided – remains, and most of the activities can be carried out individually and therefore without COVID risk. However, the requirement can be met by students watching these activities taking place, if it is not possible to undertake the activities safely themselves.


We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 summer arrangements.

You can find the support which we currently have available to support teaching and learning below.