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The common structure of the general qualification timetable is agreed by all the JCQ awarding bodies and many factors are considered. We do not timetable examinations for weekends, bank holidays or school holidays, and religious festivals are taken into account wherever possible. We also use ‘clash statistics’ from previous series to avoid major clashes and feedback from centres to identify significant problems.
The provisional timetables are produced approximately a year before an examination series and then centres have an opportunity to comment. If we do not receive any feedback, we assume centres are happy with the timetables. Feedback should be sent to JCQ or OCR as appropriate as shown in the following table:
For guidance on how to manage timetable clashes, please refer to the JCQ instructions for conducting examinations.
Many variations can be managed by centres providing that appropriate supervision is maintained and all guidelines are followed. For unplanned situations or circumstances not outlined in the JCQ instructions for conducting examinations, a separate application form must be completed for each timetable variation:
To make sure you never miss a deadline we have produced a key dates calendar you can download straight into your calendar. These files will also work with other calendar clients.
General qualifications assessment - iCalendar
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