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Examination changes for summer series 2023

The Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have announced the examination arrangements for 2023 in England. 

GCSE, AS, and A level examinations in England will largely return to pre-pandemic arrangements next summer as young people continue to recover from the pandemic. In line with the plans set out last September, Ofqual has confirmed a return to pre-pandemic grading in 2023.

To protect students against the disruption of recent years, and in case students’ performance is slightly lower than before the pandemic, senior examiners will use the grades achieved by previous cohorts of pupils, along with prior attainment data, to inform their decisions about where to set grade boundaries.

This mirrors the approach used in the first years of reformed GCSEs and A levels in 2017, when early cohorts were protected against the impact of changes to the qualifications and means, for example, a typical A level student who would have achieved a grade A before the pandemic will be just as likely to get an A this summer.

The government is also confirming that students should continue to be provided with support in GCSE mathematics, physics and combined science with formulae and equation sheets, but not with advance information of examination content, as was the case last year.

The decisions reflect the reduced levels of disruption this cohort have experienced compared to the cohorts of the previous two years. Ofqual has launched a consultation on the plans for formulae and equation sheets today.

Year 11 Exam Dates

Subject  Title  Exam date  Exam time AM Exam Duration Qual 
Health and social care - R021/01 Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings  09/01/2023 PM 1hr 00m Cambridge National 
Sports studies -  R051/01 Contemporary issues in sport  10/01/2023 AM 1hr 00m Cambridge National 

Provisional June 2023 GCSE, GCE AS and A-level examination timetables 

Following the DfE/Ofqual announcement about the arrangements for summer 2023, the awarding bodies have now published their provisional GCSE, GCE AS and A-level examination timetables for next summer. 

The awarding bodies’ provisional examination timetables can be found at:

If you are intending to book a holiday, we strongly advise you not to book anything in May or June and to wait until July. If a student misses a scheduled examination due to a holiday we are unable to request special consideration on their behalf.

It has been confirmed however, that results day will be on the 24 August 2023 for GCSEs.

General Examination Information

Examinations are a very important part of your time at Melbourn Village College. This section is designed to provide easy access to up-to-date information on examinations. A number of documents which provide important information on what to expect during examinations are available to download in the panel on the left of this page. Important documents covering the current JCQ rules and regulations can also be found below. These rules and regulations must be adhered to by all pupils taking examinations at MVC. The college provides an internal appeals procedure which is available on the left.

A video produced last year offering guidance for candidates is still relevant to those taking examinations this summer and we recommend that pupils watch it below.”

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