Exams 2021

To ensure that grades for A Levels, GCSEs, technical and vocational qualifications can be awarded fairly this year, given the disruption to students caused by the pandemic, the government has said that teachers should submit grades to the exam boards based on their knowledge and assessment of their students’ abilities.

Each assessment centre has its own policy on how this will be managed and what parameters will be used, and you can view and download ours below.

Centre policy for determining teacher assessed grades – summer 2021

You can read the full guidance on the Ofqual website or download the document below.

Ofqual student guide to awarding in summer 2021

Exam rules

Please also ensure you are clear about and understand the rules to sitting examinations – these are outlined below:

  • You must be on time for all your examinations
  • You must not become involved in any unfair or dishonest practice in any part of the examination
  • You must not:
    – sit an examination in the name of another candidate;
    – have in your possession any unauthorised material or equipment which might give you an unfair advantage
  • Possession of a mobile phone or other unauthorised material is breaking the rules, even if you do not intend to use it, and you will be subject to penalty and possible disqualification
  • You must not talk to, attempt to communicate with or disturb other candidates once you have entered the examination room
  • You must follow the instructions of the invigilator
  • If you are in any doubt speak to the invigilator

Mobile phones and technology

Students must ensure that they do not bring mobile phones, iPods, MP3/4 players or smartwatches into the examination room. No potential technological/web enabled sources of information must be present.

Possession of any of these unauthorised items is a serious offence and could result in disqualification from your examination and your overall qualification.

To ensure you are not at any risk of these items being brought into an examination, please leave them at home. You are not then causing a risk to your own and others’ examination success.


If you have any queries about the timetable or any of the exam rules, please contact our main office team on email – info@queenelizabeths-ac.org.uk