Last reviewed 14 February 2022

Students are being given access to information to help focus their revision for summer GCSE, AS and A level exams, as part of a range of adaptations introduced to maximise fairness following the disruption to learning caused by the pandemic.

Some of the exam content, texts, topics and sub-topics, themes and skills due to be assessed have been made available for the majority of GCSE, AS and A level subjects, including maths, biology, chemistry and languages.

The additional information aims to focus students’ revision without providing exact questions that will appear, the Department for Education (DfE) explained.

Recognising that this cohort of students was affected by school closures during periods of lockdown and disruption due to absences, advanced sight of the content is one part of the adaptations in place to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on education.

Other adaptations include a choice of topics in some GCSEs such as English literature and history, and support materials including formulae sheets in maths.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “We know students have faced challenges during the pandemic, which is why we’ve put fairness for them at the forefront of our plans. The information to help with their revision published today, as well as the range of other adaptations, will make sure they can do themselves justice in their exams this summer.”

A common set of principles has been developed for the advance information, for example avoiding providing so much detail that answers could be pre-prepared and memorised, but the information will look different for each subject and exam board, reflecting the nature of those subjects and their assessments.

An overview of the support being provided for each qualification for students taking GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2022 has been produced by Ofqual and can be found here.