Exam Guidance

Autumn Series – Summer 2020 ‘resits’ 

As per Ofqual’s decisions, the dates for the autumn GCSE series are below : 

GCSE: Monday 2nd – Monday 23rd November 2020

*GCSE November Timetable*

The grades produced from these examinations will be based solely on candidates’ performance in exams alone, and not on any non-exam assessment (coursework), with the exception of art and design courses. 

All examinations will be held at Parkside Community College, Parkside, Cambridge, CB11EH. 

November series COVID guidance has been sent to all candidates with their Statement of Entry, but is also available below. 

*COVID guidance for November examinations* 

November Mocks 2020

Key Dates – 

Parkside Community College

Monday 16th November – Thursday 26th November

Trumpington Community College

Monday 16th November – Thursday 26th November

Coleridge Community College

Monday 16th November – Tuesday 1st December

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

Friday 13th November – Tuesday 24th November

Summer 2021

Key Dates – 

GCSE

1st Exam Summer – Monday 24th May 2021

Last Exam Summer – Friday 2nd July 2021

Contingency Day – *There will be no contingency day for the Summer 2021 Series – all candidates should be available from the 1st exam date upto and including the last exam date*

Results Day – Friday 27th August 2021

IB

1st Exam Summer – Thursday 29th April 2021

Last Exam Summer –Thursday 20th May 2021

Contingency Day –  Friday 21st May 2021 *All candidates should be available upto and including the contingency day*

Results Day – Monday 5th July 2021

BTEC

1st Exam Summer – TBC

Last Exam Summer – TBC

Results Day – Level 1/Level 2: Friday 27th August 2021

                       Level 3: Tuesday 24th August 2021

A Level 

1st Exam Summer – Monday 24th May 2021

Last Exam Summer – Friday 2nd July 2021

Contingency Day – *There will be no contingency day for the Summer 2021 Series – all candidates should be available from the 1st exam date upto and including the last exam date*

Results Day – Tuesday 24th August 2021

Exams Timetables  – 

Exams timetables will be published approximately six weeks before the exam series. 

Examination Boards & Specifications we use:

Parkside Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

PKS 6th Y13 Exam Boards 2019_2020

Coleridge Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Trumpington Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

CAST Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

CAST Y13 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes to Examination Specifications for Academic Year 20/21

Changes – Parkside Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – Coleridge Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – Trumpington Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – CAST Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – CAST Y13 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – PKS 6th Y13 Exam Boards 2020_21

Exams Procedures 

*An exams guidance booklet will be uploaded shortly* 

For GCSE & A Level – Statements of entry will be released to candidates following February half term of the certificating year.  Candidates must check their Name, Date of Birth, and Subjects are correct. This should then be signed and returned to the school. For tiered subjects, entries will be made based on previous data; should a candidate wish to change their tier, they should meet with the Head of Department. 

A general timetable will be distributed in the spring term, with individual candidate timetables distributed before the Easter holidays. 

On the day 

Candidates should arrive 45 minutes prior to the published examination start time and wait in the appropriate place, which will be advised prior to the exam series. 

Candidates will then be registered, and called into their designated examination rooms. Once they have entered their examination room, they must adhere to JCQ guidance. For information on behaviour in examinations, please see information for candidates – written exams.

Candidates will be informed of the rules of the examination prior to each paper, and will be asked to check that the paper they are about to sit is correct. Should they have the wrong subject or tier paper in front of them, or if they do not have the provisions to support any access arrangements, they should alert an invigilator as soon as possible. 

Once they have finished the time allowed for the paper, they will be dismissed. Once they leave the examination room, they should remain quiet and move away from any designated examination areas. Candidates are also asked not to discuss the content of the examination on social media, please see social media advice

Illness or Adverse Circumstances 

In the case of illness on the day of the examination, please ring the school before 8am, and email exams@cap.education, with your child’s FULL NAME and SCHOOL NAME as the subject.

In the case of any illness, injury, or any other event which may have a negative impact on the candidate, please inform the exams officer via email (exams@cap.education), including any evidence. We will then let you know if we are able to apply for special consideration for the candidate. For more information about special consideration please read the guide to special consideration.

Any candidate with symptoms of COVID should not attend school or any examinations – a COVID test should be booked as a matter of urgency. Further information can be found here.

Results Day Information

Each candidate’s results will be printed and must be collected from their respective school on results day, specific information regarding this will be sent out at the end of the exam series. 

If the candidate is unable to collect their results, they may nominate someone to collect results on their behalf. This nominee must be made known to the Exams Officer via a signed letter from the candidate, at the latest one month prior to results day. This includes cases in which a parent/guardian will be collecting on behalf of the candidate. Nominees must bring photographic ID so that school staff are able to identify them. 

Any results which are uncollected will be posted out the day after results day. We do not need confirmation that candidates wish to have their results posted home. 

Please Note: We are unable to send results via email or any other method. 

Post-Results Information

Once candidates have collected their results, they are able to discuss their grades more in-depth with subject teachers.

If candidates wish to gain access to their scripts, have a review of marking or any other post-results services, they must fill in the forms included in their results envelope and post it to the central Cambridge Academic Partnership exams team office:

Examinations Office
Cambridge Academic Partnership
Coleridge Community College
Radegund Road
Cambridge
CB1 3RJ

Certificate Information 

Certificates will not be available until November of the year exams are sat. Once these are received by the Exams Team, a letter will be sent to families regarding collection. 

Any certificates which are uncollected will be stored securely for 12 months from the date of issue, after which time they will be destroyed, to adhere to JCQ guidance on unclaimed certificates. 

If candidates wish to claim certificates more than 12 months after issue, they must contact the exam boards directly. For guidance on which exam boards each candidate must contact, please contact exams@cap.education.

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