Revealed: GCSE exam dates and timetables 2021

GCSE exams will take place later this year – our guide reveals the key dates you need to know

Grainne Hallahan

GCSEs 2021: Exam dates revealed

GCSE exam timetables 2021

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has released a provisional GCSE exam timetable available here

GCSE exams will run from Monday 24 May 2021 to Friday 2 July 2021.

Early English and mathematics

GCSE exams will begin with an early English language Paper 1 on Monday 24 May and mathematics Paper 1 on Tuesday 25 May.

Then the rest of the exams will continue after the May half-term from 7 June.

GCSE results day 2021

Results will be released to centres on Thursday 26 August 2021.

Results day for students will be Friday 27 August 2021.


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GCSE appeals

As usual, students will be able to appeal their grades. Schools can use our guide to appeals to help decide whether to appeal and how to start the process.

GCSE resits 2021

Students who are unhappy with their English language and mathematics results are likely to have an opportunity to resit in November, but this has not yet been confirmed.

All other subjects may be entered again in the summer 2022 examination series.

Visit our revision hub and wave goodbye to stress during exam season. It’s packed with tips, tricks and techniques that can help to set your students on the path to success.

Keep up to date with all the latest GCSE news, views and analysis on our GCSE hub. 

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Grainne Hallahan

Grainne Hallahan

Grainne Hallahan is Tes recruitment editor and senior content writer at Tes

Find me on Twitter @heymrshallahan

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