When are the GCSE and A-level exams 2021? Everything you need to know about an unusual exam season!

The big question everyone is asking is when are GCSE and A-Level exams in 2021 taking place? There are a few areas to remember for this question. Firstly, students are back at school and are set to take their GCSE and A-level summer exams like usual!


Secondly, exams will be delayed by several weeks, giving pupils more time to catch up on their learning following school closures. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said most exams will be delayed by three weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.


An extension has been given because students have experienced considerable disruption and it's only fair extra time is given in order to get students back on track with their studies. 



In addition, the Government is working with Ofqual, exam boards and across the education sector to develop contingency plans. It will ‘engage widely with the sector over the next six weeks to identify any risks to exams at a national, local, and individual student level, and consider measures needed to address any potential disruption’.


When Are Exams?

Provisional exam timetable for AQA, Edexcel and OCR 


The above timetable is the provisional exam timetable for 2021. The Department for Education announced that one exam for GCSE English and one for GCSE Maths will take place before half term. This is to support Year 11 pupils affected by COVID-19 the best chance of sitting a paper in each of these core subjects. Exams for a small number of low-entry AS and A Level subjects will also be held before half term.


Major exam boards, AQA, Edexcel and OCR have released their provisional exam timetables, with all the dates and times you need to know!


Click on the links below to find your provisional timetable:


AQA A-level

Edexcel GCSE: 

Edexcel A-level 


OCR A-level


When is Results Day?

Results day is Tuesday 24 August for AS and A-levels and Friday 27 August for GCSEs.


It is perfectly normal to be nervous for results day. However, the students that revised the hardest and looked into the most type of revision resources will likely feel the most confident. Based on this, for the students wanting to build their confidence further, book online lessons with an online tutor now at Sherpa. To help you even more, check this video out on how to cope with exam stress.


Due to the pandemic, online learning has become the new norm for many students. Our private tutors at Sherpa will ensure your performance goals and preferences are tailored to each individual session to maximise your potential. Our tutors at Sherpa specialise in areas from Key Stage 1 all the way up to GCSE revision and A-level revision. 




Why Online Learning Will Get You Better Grades

There are a number of reasons why online learning is a great way to help you get better grades. Firstly, it is highly flexible. Online lessons are agreed at a time and day when it is most convenient for students and tutors. This means there is no rush to be at a specific place; when you can instead have lessons when it is most easy for you.

Secondly, online learning has a large focus on independent studying. Although you have expert online tuition, it is also up to the student to go out of their own way to complete work beyond what they have been taught. Although this applies to learning in general, this is a highly important aspect to have in order to maximise grades.

Lastly, online tutoring with Sherpa is always one-to-one which means all questions are always from one student per session. This enables the tutor to direct all of their attention towards one student rather than a huge class. This is important because it allows the student to feel engaged knowing all of their attention is with one tutor. This is particularly useful when conducting your revision notes because it allows you to work at your own pace while at the same time you are free from distractions from other students. 

To build your confidence and ace exam questions, book an online session here with our expert online tutors. 

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23rd October

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