Summer 2022 support

The Department for Education have confirmed that exams will go ahead in 2022 for GCSE and A level, but with a few changes, such as optionality or advance information. We will follow the same approach for International GCSE. We have already confirmed that due to the modular nature of International AS and A Level qualifications there will be no adaptations to these papers in 2022.

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For International GCSE German, 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 information about the exam content, helping them to manage their exam preparation. In the UK, the Department for Education has now confirmed that advance information can be released. We have aligned the publication of the advance information for our International GCSE suite and International A Level Law with the UK date.

You can now access your advance information for May/June 2022.

The advance information should be read alongside the JCQ teacher guidance and the advance information guidance which was published on 9 December.

Download the JCQ teacher guidance

Download the advance information.

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As detailed in the NEA and fieldwork consultation, formal Speaking tests are expected to resume in 2022 and teachers should prepare to assess Speaking in the normal way. If public health restrictions prevent this from happening, the speaking endorsement approach adopted in 2021 will be implemented again in 2022. Teachers are therefore asked to have regard for the speaking endorsement assessment criteria throughout the year. 


The NEA consultation also confirmed that we will not be required to use words outside of the vocabulary lists in our assessments in 2022. Where a word from outside the vocabulary list cannot be avoided, it will be glossed. This will apply to our Listening, Reading and Writing assessments.


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 aid teaching and learning below.