Advance information on ‘the focus of the content of the exams’ will be provided by each exam board to support student revision. This is one of a package of measures announced by the DfE and Ofqual on 30 September 2021 to enable exams to go ahead in summer 2022.
To help teachers and students, a summary of what to expect from advance information for OCR qualifications is now available. This is also intended to aid planning. The summary includes more details on the purpose of advance information and lists how advance information will apply by subject and level in an OCR-specific table of qualifications. There is a link to the advance information summary from the Changes for 2022 section on the relevant qualification pages.
Exam boards are following the same approach to advance information and have published their summaries today to make sure teachers and students receive a consistent message, whichever board you follow.
Advance information will apply to the majority of subjects at GCSE, AS and A Level, as well as Core Maths and Free Standing Maths Qualification (FSMQ).
Advance information will not apply to GCSE English Literature, History, Ancient History or Geography, where optionality is being introduced, or for GCSE, AS and A Level Art due to the nature of assessments (NEA) in that subject. For these subjects, see the adaptations within the qualification Changes for 2022 page. You can also view our summary of the adaptations and non-exam assessment (NEA) for our GCSE, AS and A Levels.
The DfE confirmed that advance information will be provided by each board by 7 February 2022, at the latest. For further details, please take a look at the JCQ's FAQs for students and for examination centres, as well as JCQ’s guidance on advance information. Ofqual has also sent a letter to schools and colleges about what to expect from advance information.
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