TAKING EXAMS?

Here's the information you need.

WHAT EXAMS AM I TAKING?

 

IGCSE Edexcel human biology, biology, chemistry & physics each have two exams (paper 1 & paper 2). Double science students take paper 1 from the biology, chemistry and physics IGCSEs.

 

 

WHEN ARE MY EXAMS?

 

Autumn 2021

If you are taking the exams in November / December 2021 here are your final dates:

BIOLOGY

Paper 1         5th Nov 2021             AM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         15th Nov 2021           AM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

CHEMISTRY

Paper 1         9th Nov 2021              AM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         19th Nov 2021            AM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

PHYSICS

Paper 1         12th Nov 2021            AM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         23rd Nov 2021            AM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

 

HUMAN BIOLOGY

Paper 1         25th Nov 2021            AM      Duration: 1 hr 45 mins

Paper 2         2nd Dec 2021             AM       Duration: 1 hr 45 mins

 

The timetable showing all subjects can be found here.

 

January 2022

If you are taking the exams in January 2022 here are your final dates:

BIOLOGY

Paper 1         10th Jan 2022             PM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         14th Jan 2022             AM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

CHEMISTRY

Paper 1         7th Jan 2022               AM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         17th Jan 2022             PM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

PHYSICS

Paper 1         12th Jan 2022            AM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         18th Jan 2022            AM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

 

HUMAN BIOLOGY

Paper 1         7th Jan 2022               PM      Duration: 1 hr 45 mins

Paper 2         13th Jan 2022             PM      Duration: 1 hr 45 mins

The timetable showing all subjects can be found here.

Summer 2022

If you are taking the exams in Summer 2022 here are your final dates:

BIOLOGY

Paper 1         17th May 2022           AM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         15th Jun 2022             AM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

CHEMISTRY

Paper 1         27th May 2022           AM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         20th Jun 2022             AM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

PHYSICS

Paper 1         9th Jun 2022               PM      Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2         23rd Jun 2022             AM      Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

HUMAN BIOLOGY

Paper 1         17th May 2022           PM      Duration: 1 hr 45 mins

Paper 2         6th Jun 2022               PM      Duration: 1 hr 45 mins

The timetable showing all subjects can be found here.

WHERE WILL I TAKE THE EXAMS?

Select an exam centre of your choice. Click here for an excellent guide to your local centres. This resource is developed by home educators. It’s worth ringing local private schools, colleges and state schools to see if they will accept you, even if they are not listed here. International schools are a good starting point for students that live abroad. 

DO YOU RECOMMEND SPECIFIC EXAM CENTRES?

Given the possibility that exams may be cancelled we do recommend choosing one of our partner exam centres whenever possible. This gives you the best chance of securing a 'centre assessed grade' in the event exams are cancelled. Please find our partner centres here. Although you should always choose a centre that you can access easily for a real 'sit in' exam, you may be able to transfer in the event exams are cancelled. Fees may apply.

 

WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD I GIVE MY EXAM CENTRE?

Send them your subject’s information below. Students living outside the UK may need slightly different information. Please contact us with your country of residence if you need this.

 

PHYSICS

Physics (9-1) EDEXCEL International GCSE - specification code: 4PH1

Paper 1 code: 4PH1/1P

Paper 2 code: 4PH1/2P

​Specification link: click here

BIOLOGY

Biology (9-1) EDEXCEL International GCSE – specification code: 4BI1

Paper 1 code: 4BI1/1B

Paper 2 code: 4BI1/2B

Specification link: click here

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry (9-1) EDEXCEL International GCSE – specification code: 4CH1

Paper 1 code: 4CH1/1C

Paper 2 code: 4CH1/2C

Specification link: click here​

 

DOUBLE SCIENCE

Science (Double Award) (9-1) International GCSE – specification code: 4SD0

Biology paper 1 code: 4SD0/1B

Chemistry paper 1 code: 4SD0/1C

Physics paper 1 code: 4SD0/1P

​Specification link: click here

HUMAN BIOLOGY

Human biology (9-1) EDEXCEL International GCSE - specification code: 4HB1

Paper 1 code: 4HB1/01

Paper 2 code: 4HB1/02

Specification link: click here

If you’ve taken (I)GCSEs before also give the centre your candidate number (found on your results script).

 

 

HOW MUCH WILL THE EXAMS COST?

Fees are currently being reviewed, but previously Edexcel charged schools (per qualification not per exam paper):

Biology, chemistry or physics      £46.80                        

Double Science                              £93.90

 

You will likely need to pay admin and invigilator fees on top of this. These will vary depending on the centre and usually ranges from an additional £20 - £150. Shop around.

 

 

DEADLINES

You must organise and pay exams by set deadlines chosen by your exam centre. After this, you will be charged an extra fee or not allowed to take the exam. For summer exams you can start ringing exam centres in the September before. Deadlines are normally around February before the summer exams but some centres will have deadlines earlier or later. Check with them.

 

THE EXAM DATES CLASH WITH ANOTHER EXAM I AM TAKING. WHAT DO I DO?

Talk to your centre. They should have procedures in place to deal with this.

 

 

I AM ENTITLED TO SPECIAL RIGHTS IN MY EXAM

Talk to exam centres early and ask for their advice. Just because you are entitled to support/certain changes does not mean you will get it. Some exam centres are not equipped to deal with anything outside the ‘norm’. It is worth shopping around for a centre that suits your needs. Once you have found your centre, practice working under your exam conditions. For example, it can take time to accustom yourself to answering questions through a scribe or draw diagrams on a computer.

WHAT HAPPENS IF EXAMS ARE CANCELLED AGAIN?

Firstly, don't panic.  If they are there are multiple scenarios that could result, none of which anyone has been told. The best preparation is to complete the course in full over 1-2 years (preferably in line with the timetable). Hand in work for marking as per the timetable and revise for an exam (whether that be a traditional exam or invigilated online).

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