Examinations

Welcome to our examination information page for pupils, parents and carers. 

We will regularly update this page with the latest information, regulations and guidance to ensure that pupils and their families are able to navigate both internal and external examination periods with confidence. 

Examination boards and specifications 

GCSE SubjectExam BoardSpecification CodeWebsite
English LanguageAQA8700https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700
English LiteratureAQA8702https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702
MathematicsOCRJ560https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/mathematics-j560-from-2015
Combined ScienceAQA8464https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
BiologyAQA8461https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
ChemistryAQA8462https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
PhysicsAQA8463https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463
HistoryPearson Edexcel1H10https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html
GeographyWJECC112QShttps://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/geography-gcse-b/#tab_keydocuments
Religious StudiesWJECC120QShttps://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies-gcse/#tab_keydocuments
FrenchAQA8658https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658
ArtAQA8201https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/specification-at-a-glance 
Performing Arts (Music or Drama)WJEC5639QAhttps://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/level-1-2-vocational-award-in-performing-arts/#tab_keydocuments 
Resistant MaterialsAQA8552https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552 
GraphicsAQA8552https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552 
EngineeringPearson BTEC603/0829/1https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/engineering.html 
Food & NutritionAQA8585https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585 
Creative iMediaCambridge NationalJ817https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/ 
SportPearson BTEC600/4779/3https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/sport-2012-nqf.html 
Health & Social CareCambridge NationalJ811https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/health-and-social-care-level-1-2-j801-j811/ 
Travel & TourismPearson BTEC600/6512/6https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/travel-and-tourism-2013-nqf.html 

GCSE Summer External Exams 2024 

Timetables can be found by exam board using the links below: 

All pupils will receive personalised exam timetables as they approach their GCSE examinations. 

Typical Examination Procedures 

Morning examinations start at 9.00am, with pupils expected to be on site by 8.25am for a pre-exam briefing. 

Afternoon examinations start at 1.00pm, with pupils expected to attend their pre-exam briefing after they have had lunch. 

Pupils must be punctual to start each examination at the published time. 

Pupils will need essential examination equipment including, but not limited to:

  • Clear pencil case (must be clear) 
  • At least two pens – BLACK ink only 
  • At least two HB Pencils 
  • Ruler (preferably 30cm) 
  • Rubber 
  • Pencil Sharpener 
  • Highlighter (to annotate questions but not to write answers) 

For certain exams (particularly mathematics and science) you will also need the following: 

  • Pair of compasses 
  • Protractor 
  • Calculator (no lid)

Preparing to Sit Your Exams

Written Examinations

Internal assessments 2023-24 

The dates for internal assessments this academic year are as follows: 

Year GroupType of ExaminationDates
11Mock Examinations 1Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd November 2023 (core subjects) 
Monday 13th November – Friday 8th December 2023 (all other subjects)
11Mock Examinations 2Wednesday 28th February – Tuesday 12th March 2024 (all subjects)
10End of Year ExaminationsMonday 17th  to Thursday 27th June 2024
7, 8, 9, 10Assessment Window 1Monday 13th November to Friday 8th December 2023
7, 8, 9, 10Assessment Window 2Monday 26th February to Friday 22nd March 2024
7, 8, 9Assessment Window 3Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd July 2024 (Core subjects) 
Monday 10th June to Friday 12th July 2024 (all other subjects) 

Non-examination assessments (NEA) 

For courses that contain non-examination assessments (for example, controlled assessment or coursework), assessment dates and completion deadlines are set by the relevant faculty in line with the curriculum plan. 

It is vital that pupils and parents have read the attached information and guidance for candidates completing non-examination assessments, ensuring that particular attention is paid to the JCQ regulations around research and plagiarism. 

JCQ Guidance – NEA https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Instructions_NEA_23-24_FINAL.pdf 

Coursework Assessments

NEA Assessments

Examination entries 

All pupils will receive a statement of entry before their GCSE examinations, detailing the subjects for which they are entered. It is vital that pupils take the time to ensure this information is correct. 

This statement of entry will also contain pupils’ personal details, which again pupils must check carefully. Date of birth, spelling of names etc. will be as they will appear on final GCSE certificates, and any changes must be made prior to the start of the examination season. Changes after this point will incur a cost to parents. 

Pupils are strongly advised to read the JCQ regulations “Information for Candidates” (linked below) prior to them sitting their examinations, paying particular attention to section A Regulations. 

https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/IFC-Written_Examinations_2023_FINAL.pdf

Results 

Collection of GCSE examination results will be on Thursday 22nd August 2024, between 9.00am and 10.30am. 

If pupils are unable to collect their results and require someone to collect them on their behalf, the following information will be required: 

  • A letter, signed by the pupil, authorising a nominated person to collect their results on their behalf. 
  • A form of photo ID (passport/driving licence) that proves that you are the named person on the above letter. 

Querying results 

There can be occasions where pupils may wish to query their results. There are various means through which this can happen. In the first instance, this is a conversation that will need to be had with the staff available on GCSE results day. They will be able to provide further advice and guidance. 

If, after the GCSE results day, a pupil decides that they wish to query their awarded mark and/or the marking of their paper, this can be done by contacting the relevant curriculum leader or the exams officer. 

Requests for certificates 

All pupils will be invited to a celebration evening to collect their certificates.  If a pupil would like someone to collect their certificates on their behalf, written consent must be given by the pupil nominating a specific person. 

Information for candidates 

It is important for pupils and their families to take time to familiarise themselves with the following documents before any exams are taken. 

https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/information-for-candidates-documents/