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Examination Information

JCQ Contingency Plan 24th June 2020

15.1 The qualification regulators, JCQ and government departments responsible for education have prepared and agreed information for schools and colleges in the event of examinations being seriously disrupted. This jointly agreed information will ensure consistency of response in the event of major disruption to the examinations system affecting significant numbers of candidates. Further information may be found at:

Contingency Plan

15.2 In addition, awarding bodies have their own well-established contingency plans in place to respond to disruptions. It is important that exams officers who are facing disruption liaise directly with the relevant awarding body/bodies.

15.3 Centres should prepare plans for any disruption to examinations as part of their general emergency planning. It is important to ensure that relevant centre staff are familiar with the plan. Consideration should be given as to how these arrangements will be communicated to candidates, parents and staff should disruption to examinations occur.

15.4 In the event that the head of centre decides the centre cannot be opened for scheduled examinations, the relevant awarding body must be informed as soon as possible. Awarding bodies will be able to offer advice regarding the alternative arrangements for conducting examinations that may be available and the options for candidates who have not been able to take scheduled examinations.

15.5 The awarding bodies have designated Wednesday 24 June 2020 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations. This is consistent with the qualification regulators’ document Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The designation of a ‘contingency day’ within the common examination timetable is in the event of national or local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations.

Centres must therefore remind candidates that they must remain available until Wednesday 24 June 2020 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.


Please read and familiarise yourself with the following essential information from the examination awarding bodies.

The links below give you guidance about the rules and regulations that you must follow.

Information for Candidates - Coursework Assessments 2020/21
Information for Candidates - Non Examinations (NEA) Assessments 2020/21
Information for Candidates - On-Screen Tests 2020/21
Information for Candidates - Privacy Notice 2019/20
Information for Candidates - Social Media 2020/21
Information for Candidates - Written Examinations 2020/21
Warning to Candidates - Examination Malpractice 2020/21



October/November Exams 2020

6th Form Assessment - November 2020


This page provides a central location for easy access to past GCE and GCSE examination papers.

To search for your subject within the past paper archives and to download available copies of past papers in PDF, click the links below for each of the JCQCIC member awarding organisations that offer GCEs and GCSEs.             





Searching for past papers

Past papers are searchable under a combination of the following categories: subject e.g. biology, qualification type e.g. GCSE, qualification specification (specific to awarding organisation), and examination series e.g. June 2012. The search order of these categories may differ across awarding organisations

Availability of past papers

Past papers for GCE and GCSE will comprise recent specifications. Papers for the most recent examination series may not be available immediately after the scheduled examination in order to allow schools and colleges to use these for testing purposes. Some awarding organisations will offer papers belonging to legacy specifications as well as papers for other qualification types. In addition, some papers may not be available online because of copyright restrictions. For further details about availability and for all other queries relating to past papers, the relevant awarding organisation should be contacted directly.