Last reviewed 9 May 2022

Ofqual has republished its guide covering a range of information on the awarding of GCSEs, AS and A levels. Although the information has previously been published elsewhere, the guide brings it together to form a useful reference document for schools and colleges.

Available here, it covers a wide range of topics.

These include:

  • how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be assessed in 2022

  • information about changes to assessments to support disabled students

  • support for students affected by illness, injury or other events outside of their control

  • how GCSEs, AS and A levels are marked and moderated

  • what to do if it appears that there is an error in the marking or an exam board has failed to follow its processes properly

  • what exam boards must do to prevent malpractice and maladministration and how they should report it.

The guide also explains the roles and responsibilities of the Department for Education, Ofqual and the exam boards. It highlights that the boards must publish a specification for each qualification and that the specification must include:

  • the knowledge, skills and understanding which will be assessed, giving a clear indication of their coverage and depth

  • how it will be assessed

  • how it will be graded

  • any sample assessment materials and their mark schemes.