After announcing the cancellation of all GCSE, AS and A Level exams in the UK, exam regulator Ofqual launched a consultation into giving all students the opportunity to take exams in autumn 2021. It has decided that:
All autumn AS and A level exams will be held in October, while GCSE exams will take place in November and December. Students will be able to keep the higher of their two grades; any student whose autumn 2021 grade is higher than their teacher-assessed grade can ask for a replacement certificate showing the higher of the grades.
"Where awarding organisations do not normally provide assessment opportunities between September and January, Ofqual will require them to provide those opportunities where they reasonably consider there is sufficient demand and would be manageable to both the awarding organisation and [schools]."
There could also be GCSE English and maths exams in January 2022. Ofqual said:
"In light of concerns about students’ readiness to take GCSE English language and maths exams in the autumn, and concerns about schools’ and colleges’ ability to manage large exam entries if public health safeguards remain in place, we will also make provision for the exam boards to offer exams in these subjects in January 2022 if they wish."