January CTEC and Cambridge National Exams – CANCELLED

Summer Exam Series 2021 – CANCELLED


How GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2021

Please click the link for information on how general qualifications will be awarded this summer: Ofqual’s Infographic summer 2021


How Vocational and Technical Qualifications will be awarded in summer 2021

Please click the link for information on how general qualifications will be awarded this summer: Ofqual’s Infographicsummer 2021



Most external exams are taken in May-June of the academic year, English and Maths GCSE re-sits are taken in November and some CTEC and Cambridge National exams in January. There are also internal/mock exams in December, January, March and June.

Timetables are provided for students with the date, room and time of their external exams. The timetable shows all the papers for which a student is entered. This information needs to be checked carefully by students and parents/carers. External exams MUST be taken at the scheduled time and date, except in the event of a clash.



Centre Assessed Grades

The Centre Assessed Grades Process

To be confirmed for Summer 2021

Consultations begin on arrangements for 2021

Ofqual and DfE have now published (15 January) consultations on how grades should be awarded for GCSE, AS and A Levels in summer 2021 and on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021.

Helpful Information for Exam Time


For information for Students and Parents/Carers, please see the Candidate exam handbook (2020-21 coming soon)

Exam time can be stressful – for tips on coping with exam stress and pressure, plus how to deal with pressure from your family and how to stop worrying about not getting the grades you need, have a look at Exams stress and pressure from Childline

Click here for a Handy Checklist to use before each exam

Click the links to view the Settle College Exam Rules and the JCQ Information for Written Exams

Click the link below to view Information for Candidates regarding the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) regulations for all types of external examinations: JCQ Information for Candidates


Exam Dates 2020/21

Exams dates 2020/21          


GCSE External Exams – Nov 20 re-sits 
Results 14th January 2021

Extra Autumn 2020 exam series
A level / AS – Results 17th December 2020
GCSE – Results 11th February 2021

GCSE Mock Exams (Y10/11)
Monday 30th November to Friday 11th December 2020
Click here for the Y10 Y11 Mocks Exam Timetable 2020

Y10/Y11 Level 1/2 Cambridge Nationals – CANCELLED
Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th January 2021

Years 12 & 13 CTEC Exams – CANCELLED
Monday 11th to Thursday 14th January 2021

Click here for the CNAT CTEC Jan 21 Exam Timetable

A level Mock Exams plus Y11 Core Mock Exams – INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
Tuesday 23rd February to Friday 5th March 2021 – to be confirmed

GCSE Art mock – w/c 7th December 2020
GCSE Art exam – 28th, 29th & 30th April 2021

A level Art mock – w/c 18th March 2021
A level Art exam – 5th, 6th & 7th May 2021

GCSE MFL speaking endorsement window – 12th April to 14th May 2021

A level MFL speaking exams window – 19th April to 21st May 2021

GCSE Drama practical exams – to be confirmed

GCSE Food Prep & Nutrition NEA2 – 8th -19th March 2021 mornings

Hospitality & Catering L1/2 Award Unit 2 – 8th – 19th March 2021 mornings

Summer 2021 External Exam Series – Wednesday 26th May to Friday 2nd July 2021 CANCELLED – awaiting further information from Ofqual/DfE

Y12 and Y10 core subject mock exams  to be confirmed

A level results day – Tuesday 24th August 2021

GCSE results day – Friday 27th August 2021


Please  note, JCQ allocate an “Exam Contingency Day” annually at the end of the exam season. This is to support any disruption to the exams due to unforeseen circumstances. All candidates must be available up to and including the contingency day. No contingency day 2021

There are also non-examined assessments/practical exams/centre assessed units. These assessment dates are set by the teachers during the academic year and they will make candidates aware.

Internal/mock exams
Any internal exam dates are set by the Exams Officer 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 the sixth form centre, as well as on this page.

Revision Sessions are run by some departments in the run-up to the summer exams.  The timetable is on our Extra-Curricular page.

CTEC 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.

Exam Boards

Exam Boards

There are four main Exam Boards (also called Awarding Bodies) – AQA, Pearson 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 Heads of Department. Students and parents can find further information by clicking on the links above.



Exam results are released throughout the year following each exam series.

Please note we will not be able to give out results by telephone or email. If students are not able to collect their results on the scheduled day, they can authorise someone to collect their results for them by completing the Authorisation for Results Collection form. We are not permitted to release results to a third party (including a parent) without this authorisation form plus proof of ID. Alternatively, students can bring a stamped self-addressed envelope to the Exams Officer before the end of the summer term and the results will be posted on the day of release.

Post-results Services

Post-results services, such as clerical checks and reviews of marking are offered by the exam boards – please see the Post results services booklet for details. Not available Summer 2020.

GCSE Grading

GCSE Grading

GCSE new grading scale: factsheets
Information about the new GCSE grades for parents, employers and further and higher education providers.



Certificates are issued when a GCSE/GCE/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 post-results services have been completed, which is usually a couple of months after the results day. Certificates are handed out at Senior Prizegiving in December. If a student is unable to attend, they must arrange to collect from school.We are only legally obliged to hold these certificates for 12 months.  Students will need these for any courses/employment throughout their careers.  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 qualification.

Who to seek help from on exam matters:

At Settle College, the exams officer is Ms Sarah Moorhouse.
(01729) 822451 extension number 222