2021 Exams and contingencies

The Government is currently insisting that examinations will go ahead as usual next summer but it seems possible that some students may find that local restrictions do not allow them to take exams. The DfE, Ofqual and the exam boards have yet to announce what will happen in these cases but we will be watching events closely. In summer 2020 Oxford Open Learning managed to provide calculated grades for the vast majority of its students to enable them to move on to the next step in their development. Whatever the contingencies are we will try our absolute best to fully support you in 2021.

2021 Specification changes

Some subjects have a reduced or altered specification this year. Where a subject has changed, links to the summary of changes can be found below.

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Biology A level

What changes are taking place for AS Biology B (and other sciences) in summer 2021?

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English Literature International GCSE (Edexcel)

In 2021, candidates will not be assessed on Anthology Poetry in Paper 1...

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English Literature GCSE (AQA)

In simple terms, you may study one fewer module for those exams. In the exams, you...

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History International GCSE

The basic principle is that candidates in 2021 will answer exam questions on three topics, not four. This will have an effect on...

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Geography International GCSE

In 2021, you will not be required to answer questions on your own fieldwork experience. There will still...

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Modern Foreign Languages

International GCSEs in French, German and Spanish will not feature an integral speaking test in the summer 2021 series. This means that...

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