October 3, 2022

Getting students ready for exams cancelled due to Covid-19 for the first time since 2019 is no easy task. Here’s everything you need to know to help your students approach exams in 2022 with confidence.

What are the changes to GCSE exams in 2022?
To accommodate the disruptions students have faced over the past two years, DfE and Ofqual have announced changes to their summer 2022 exams. Here are the key changes to watch out for:

 

There will be optional content for some subjects (GCSE English Literature, GCSE History and GCSE Geography). This means there will be optional topics or less content so that students have less curriculum content to revise and answer questions on.
For all other subjects, exam boards are required to provide advance information about the focus of content of the exams to support students’ revision. This might vary between different subjects because of how they are structured and assessed but as far as possible exam boards have made sure the approaches within a subject are the same. Advance information was made available by all exam boards on 7 February 2022.

The JCQ have released guidance for teachers on the use of advance information for the summer exams as well as FAQ guides for exam centres and students.

Support materials will be made available in certain subjects. For example a formulae sheet will be available for GCSE maths exams and an equation sheet will be available for GCSE physics and combined science exams. These sheets should already be available to use in class so that students can familiarise themselves with them in advance.
Teachers can deliver practical science work by demonstration if they prefer. However they can also require students to complete all or some of the practical work themselves.

Are the changes to GCSE exams in 2022 the same for all subjects?
There are some key differences in the adaptations made for different subjects that teachers will need to be aware of. For example, the optional content only applies to specific subjects and advance information will not be made available for those subjects.

Ofqual have created clear guidance on the subject-by-subject support for GCSE students in 2022 and we’ve summarised what you need to know for Teachit’s key subject areas.

 

English

GCSE English Language

Advance information has been provided to help students focus their revision.
The speaking assessment does not have to be recorded and can be conducted virtually and by a single teacher.
GCSE English Literature

The exams will cover less content than usual.
In the exams there will be a choice of topics on which students must answer questions.
GCSE maths

Advance information has been provided to help students focus their revision.
A formulae sheet has been provided for teaching and learning purposes.
A clean copy of the formulae sheet will be provided in the exams.
Science

GCSE biology and GCSE chemistry

Advance information has been provided to help students focus their revision.
Teachers can deliver practical work by demonstration.
GCSE physics and combined science GCSE

Advance information has been provided to help students focus their revision.
Teachers can deliver practical work by demonstration.
A revised equation sheet has been provided for teaching and learning purposes.
A clean copy of the equation sheet will be provided in the exams.
Languages

GCSE French, GCSE Spanish, GCSE German

Advance information has been provided to help students focus their revision.
There will be no requirement to use words not on the vocabulary list.
GCSE Geography

The exams will cover less content than usual.
In the exams there will be a choice of topics on which students must answer questions.
Fieldwork requirements have been relaxed and there will be no questions on students’ fieldwork experience.
GCSE History

The exams will cover less content than usual.
In the exams there will be a choice of topics on which students must answer questions.

 

GCSE Exam Questions
How does this all work?

Simple. Select your GCSE examination board below, then select a topic. You are then presented a list of questions with answers. They are graded & sortable by difficulty and whether you are allowed to use a calculator.

Remember, if you hit a problem you can use the navigation above to find a training video to help you.

Good luck!