GCSE 2022: Exam dates, timetables and key information

GCSE exams are back in 2022 – our guide reveals the key dates and all the information you need to know

Grainne Hallahan

GCSEs 2021: Exam dates revealed

GCSE Assessments

This year GCSE exams will take place in school or college.

This is the first time exams have taken place since 2019 following two years of cancellations as part of the measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

WATCH: Exam updates explained


GCSE exam dates

Provisional GCSE exam timetables have been released by Edexcel.

These timetables say exams will begin on the 16 May and finish on 28 June.

Where there is more than one exam paper per subject, those papers be spread further apart than usual.

For example, the two English language papers will be sat 18 May and 10 June.

Similarly English literature will be sat on the 25 May and 8 June.

Mathematics has three papers and they will be sat 20 May, 7 June and 13 June.

GCSE results day 2022

Results day for students will be on Thursday 25 August 2022.

Video: Exam updates explained

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Update: Everything you need to know about exam changes

GCSE appeals

As usual, students will be able to appeal their grades.

These will take place in their usual form of a 'review of marking'. This means that an examiner will check the original marking of the paper to see if it is within their range of 'tolerance'.

Grades can go up or down as a result of an appeal.

GCSE resits 2022

Students who are unhappy with their grade, and either have been unsuccessful in their appeal or chose not to appeal, will have the opportunity to sit an examination in the next summer series in 2023.

English language and mathematics will be available to resit in the November 2022 exam series.


In 2022 grading will be pegged to a midpoint between 2021 and 2019 but below 2020.

WATCH: Grading myths explained


Adjustments for the exams

Students in exam years have had two years of disrupted schooling due to the pandemic. As a result, the Department for Education has decided to make adjustments to the 2022 exams.

This includes reducing content and advance information on exam topics.

You can read more about the adjustments in our piece about the changes to 2022 exams.



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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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