GCSE and A levels: key dates, deadlines and results

Exams in 2023 are returniung to a full assessment format following disruption caused by coronavius and cancelled exams since 2020. The first full set of results determined by external exams were published in 2022 and summer 2023 will, according to the Department for Education, see GCSE and A level exams 'return to normal'. 

Grading will also return to pre-pandemic levels, says Ofcom, the exams regulator and there will be minimal help in the form of supplementary information. There will be some support for pupils taking GCSE exams in 2023 in the form of formulae and equation sheets for GCSE mathematics, physics and combined science.


GCSE and A levels exam timetable for 2023

Exam boards have confirmed that the longer gaps used in the 2022 exam series do not appear on the 2023 GCSE exam timetable.

Information from the Joint Council for Qualifications has produced a timetable showing GCSE exams begin on 15 May and finish on 21 June 2023.

A level exams begin on 15 May and finish on 23 June 2023. 


GCSE and A level contingency dates 2023

Exam boards have also added in two additional half-day contingency sessions. These are on Thursday 8 June 2023 and Thursday 15 June 2023. The standard contingency day remains at the end of the timetable being scheduled on Wednesday 28 June 2023.


Results Day 2023 for GCSE and A level 

Results day for GCSE students will be on Thursday 24th August 2023.

Results day for A level students will be on Thursday 17th August 2023. 


GCSE and A level resits 2023

All students will be given the opportunity to sit English and maths GCSE in the autumn term of 2023 or be entered again in the summer 2024 examination series.