Autumn 2021 exam series


Not everyone passes their exams on the first attempt, and if you didn’t get the grades you wanted this year, you may be able to improve them by taking exams in autumn.

Autumn exams are available in some subjects for students who received a teacher-assessed grade in 2021.

Your school or college will normally tell you straight away if you can improve your grades by taking exams this autumn, but if you’re not sure, you should contact them to find out.

A levels

Exams for all A level subjects will take place in October 2021. You should contact your school if you are interested in taking an A level exam in autumn.

AS levels

Exams for some AS levels will take place in October 2021. The subjects offering exams are:

  • maths
  • further maths
  • biology
  • physics
  • chemistry

You should contact your school or college if you are interested in taking an AS level exam in autumn.

GCSEs

Exams for all GCSE subjects will take place in November and December 2021. You should contact your school if you are interested in taking a GCSE exam in autumn.

Vocational or technical qualifications

For many vocational or technical qualifications, there is a period in autumn 2021 or January 2022 to take an assessment – some awarding organisations have made additional opportunities available. You should contact your school or college if you are interested in taking a vocational or technical assessment.

How much it costs to take exams in autumn

For most students, taking exams in the autumn is free, but you may need to pay if you attended a private or independent school. You should check with your school or college to see if you need to pay.

What to do if autumn exams are unavailable for your chosen subject

It’s important to remember that there are lots of other routes you could take. You might want to start thinking about careers that you’re interested in or different study options.

Learn more about the different paths you could take by exploring:

Speak to an adviser

If you need help or advice around your exam results and next steps, you can call us on 0800 100 900 or use webchat