Autumn exams for AS/A-level and GCSE

Exam boards offer all AS/A-level and GCSE subjects in the autumn. These exams are for students who wish to improve their summer 2020 grades.

  • AS/A-level exams are held between 5 and 23 October 2020.
  • GCSE exams are held between 2 and 23 November 2020.

Cheney’s timetable can be found here.
Anybody who was a student at Cheney can enter a subject they were entered for in the summer series.

The entry fees are paid by the school. Former students do not need to pay any entry fees.

Please use the following entry form:

Deadlines for entry:
AS/A-level: 1 September
GCSE: 15 September

External candidates whose entries were withdrawn for the summer series and who wish to be entered for the November series must use the entry form EXTERNAL and pay the fees as printed on the form.


The Autumn Resit exam results dates are as follows:

  • A level autumn 2020 retakes: 17 December 2020
  • GCSE retakes (Maths and English): 14 January 2021
  • GCSE retakes (all other subjects): 11 February 2021

Exam results are released throughout the year following each exam series:

November (resit only) - results day in January
June exams - results days in August, collection from the Library:

  • A-Level/BTEC: 24 August 2021 from 10.30 to 13.00
  • GCSE: 27 August 2021 from 9:30 to 13.00

Detail for results days will be updated in July.  Please note that no results are shared over the phone.

Post Results Services

Due to the cancellation of exams, there are no Review of Results or Access to Scripts this summer. The Summer 2020 Results and Appeals process Guide for Students and Parents/Carers explains what can be done if students are not happy with their results.


Certificates are issued when a GCSE/A-Level/BTEC/National course has been completed in full. Certificates are not issued where a 'U' grade is awarded. Each Awarding Body issues their own certificates once all reviews of results have been completed, which is usually a couple of months after the results day. We are legally obliged to hold these certificates only for 12 months after issue.

Certificates for exams taken in the summer will be available for collection from mid-November each year. Download the CERTIFICATE COLLECTION letter for Leavers 2019.

Certificates for leavers from past years can also be collected from the school, or posted for a small fee. Download the certificate collection form for prior years leavers.

Certificates collected by candidates cannot be replaced by the school. It is the candidates' responsibility to request replacement documents directly from the Awarding Body. There is a charge of approximately £45 per certificate. You may find useful information on how to request replacement certificates here or click below ‘AQA Exam Records’.


Exam Timetables

The timetable for the Autumn  exams can be found here.

The provisional timetable for Summer 2021 can be found here.

When planning for holidays, bear in mind that candidates are not eligible for enhanced grading where they choose not to be available for the rescheduled examination(s).

Individual timetables are handed out to students with the date of their external/public exams. For the summer exams a 'Statement of Entry' is also sent out, to show all units (including non-timetabled units) and subject awards for which a student is entered. This entry information needs to be checked carefully by students and parents/guardians, then signed and returned to the exams office.

Exam Clashes: If you appear to be scheduled for two or more exams in the same session (am or pm) this is known as a 'clash' . If you have a clash, please come to the exams office to make specific arrangements.


We use four main Examination Boards (also called Awarding Bodies): AQAPearsonOCR and WJEC. All Exam Boards have websites where students and parents can find information on courses, assessment material, past papers, exam timetables and grade boundaries.

Please see EXAM CODES 2020-21 by board for the Exam Boards and course codes used at Cheney School

There are  coursework/practical exams/NEA called Controlled Assessments or Non-exam assessments in several subjects. Dates for these exams are set by teachers during the academic year and communicated to students in lessons.

BTECs: BTEC courses are assessed through a combination of internal assessment and externally assessed components. All dates will appear on your student timetable, internal assessment deadlines are set by the teachers.


Some students may require additional support when taking their exams.

Cheney School bears in mind that it has a duty towards students with learning difficulties and disabilities to make reasonable adjustments to examination arrangements.

Access Arrangements are organised in advance of an examination and are based on evidence of need and a child’s normal way of working. Access Arrangements fall into two distinct categories: some arrangements are delegated to centres, others require prior JCQCIC awarding body approval.

Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.  For example, extra time, readers, scribes and Braille question papers.   Most arrangements are made on the basis of tests carried out by a specialist which measure speed, accuracy and/or comprehension. If the standardised score obtained is in the below average arrange, and therefore less than 85, a student may be entitled to extra time, a reader and/or the use of a word processor.  Other specific arrangements are made for students with short or long term difficulties as necessary and dependent on their needs.