Over the academic year GCSE external/public timetabled exams are now only held in November and May-June. These are referred to as an exam season or exam series; i.e. November series and June series/summer season. The majority of GCSE/GCE timetabled exams are sat in the June series; November is now for English and Maths GCSE resits only.
Exam entry deadlines are always several months before the actual exams:
- entry deadline in September
- GCSE entry deadline in February
- GCE entry deadline in February
Timetables are provided for students with the date, room and time of their external/public exams. The timetable also shows all units (including non-timetabled units) and subject awards for which a student is entered. This information needs to be checked carefully by students and parents/guardians. Students receive two copies of their exam timetable – one sent home with a letter, and one to go into the front of their planner.
At the beginning of Year 7, each student is assigned a four-digit Candidate Number (Exam Number), which will need to be written on every external exam paper and some coursework pieces. This number can be found on all individual external exam timetables – students should memorise this number.
GCSE External Examinations – re-sits only
Tuesday 1st – Thursday 10th November 2016
Years 9 to 13 Mock Examinations
Monday 9th – Friday 20th January 2017
Click the links to view the Settle College Exam Rules and JCQ Information for candidates (Written Examinations).
GCE & GCSE External Examinations
Monday 15th May – Thursday 29th June 2017
Click the link to view the Settle College Summer 2017 Exams Timetable
Click the link below to view Information for Candidates regarding the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) regulations for external examinations:
Exam Clashes – if you appear to be scheduled for two or more exams in the same session (am or pm) this is known as a ‘clash’. See the Exams Officer (Ms Moorhouse) if you have any concerns.
Internal/mock exams for GCSEs are held in January. Internally produced timetables are handed out to students in advance of these exams.
There are also coursework/practical exams called Controlled Assessments in several subjects. These exams are set by the teachers during the academic year. Any internal exam dates are set by Ms Moorhouse in consultation with Subject Leaders and are communicated with pupils via a mock examination timetable which is distributed in Forms and displayed on the examination noticeboard near to reception.
Revision Sessions are run by some departments in the run-up to the summer exams. The timetable will be published, nearer the time, on our Extra-Curricular page.
BTEC courses are mainly coursework based; however, there are now external/public timetabled exams for some of these courses. All coursework deadlines are set by the teachers.
There are four main Examination Boards (also called Awarding Bodies) – AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC. These Exam Boards all offer the full range of subjects, but the courses followed at Settle College are chosen from these Exam Boards by the Head of Department. All the Exam Boards have websites where students and parents can find further information.
Exam results are released throughout the year following each exam series:
November exams – result day in January (12th January 2017)
June exams – results day in August (GCE : 17th August 2017/GCSE : 24th August 2017)
If you are collecting results on behalf of a student, you must fill out the Authorisation for Results Collection form.
Enquiries About Results (EAR)
When results are released the Exam Boards allow a few weeks for students or teacher to make ‘Enquiries About Results.’ These include requesting scripts back or a review of marking, for example. These post-results services incur a charge which students usually have to cover.
Certificates are issued when a GCSE/GCE/BTEC/CTEC course has been completed in full. Certificates are not issued where a ‘U’ grade is awarded. Each Exam Board issues their own certificates once all EARs have been completed, which is usually a couple of months after the results day. We are only legally obliged to hold these certificates for 12 months. Students will need these for any courses/employment so must collect from school. If certificates are lost it is the student’s responsibility to request replacement documents directly from the Exam Board, for which there is a charge of over £40 per certificate.
Who to seek help from on examination matters:
At Settle College, the examination officer is Ms S Moorhouse.
(01729) 822451 extension number 222