Key Exam Dates for SATs, GCSEs and A levels in 2014
Dates may vary depending on the institution a student takes their test through. There are different exam boards which are detailed below that may be chosen based on the availability of the exam needed. The most common choices and dates are provided below to show the possibilities for taking different exams, re-sits, and results days. Application information for UCAS is also provided for those looking to enter university in the upcoming year.
As a student you have a choice where you take your exams and earn your qualification. England and Wales currently have seven exam boards which are available to state schools. They are AQA, CIE, CCEA, Edexcel, ICAAE, OCR, and WJEC. Exam boards are nationwide, but many have regional roots too like CCEA or Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment. This is a Northern Ireland based exam board, but England and Wales can use it too.
It needs to be mentioned here that although these seven exam boards operate in England and Wales they do not offer the same qualifications. Edexcel, for instance, provides vocational exam qualifications whereas WJEC offers A Level Film Studies. ICAAE is highly specialised with business related GCSEs. It is also the smallest Ofqual exam board set up for state schools. CIE is an international exam board; however, it offers Cambridge Pre-U and Cambridge International Certificate options to state schools.
Schools will help you choose which exam boards to choose from helping you determine which board offers the right GCSE for the industry you wish to pursue. Many schools will choose exam boards for GSCEs, but offer a different board for A Levels meaning you might see ORC for GSCE History, but they may choose AQA for the A Level History test.
- AQA this exam board is an educational charity offering GSCE and A-Levels. It is a merger of several older examination boards like the Joint Matriculation Board and Northern Examining Association. It also gained Associated Examining Board, Southern Examining Group, University of Oxford Delegacy, and eventually became the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) in 1997.
- OCR and CIE are controlled by Cambridge Assessment. Like AQA the ORC or Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations Board merged with several boards in the 90s to create the current system available today. OCR is overseen by the University of Cambridge under the Cambridge Assessment division. OCR is mainly for UK qualifications in England and Wales, while the CIE is international.
- Edexcel came into being with the merger of University of London and London & East Anglian Group. It was called the ULEAC until London Examinations merged with BTEC creating the Edexcel Foundation. It was once a charity like AQA; however, it is now the only exam board run for profit.
- CCEA and ICAAE are mostly Northern Ireland exam boards; however, as stated above some testing is available in England and Wales.
- WJEC unlike the other six exam boards offered is Welsh and owned by Welsh authorities, but it does operate independently.
- Sats Tests are available for Levels 3 to 5 and Level 6 between the dates of May 12th, 2014 and May 15th 2014.
- For levels 3 to 6 English reading and grammar will be on the 12th and 13th respectively.
- Maths including the mental mathematics test and mathematics paper 1 is available for levels 3 to 5 Wednesday the 14th May, 2014.
- There are no level 6 tests for the same on that day. The final day of testing is for paper 2 in Levels 3 to 5, and both maths papers for level 6.
Some changes have occurred for the SATs in 2014 in which only English and Maths for stage 2 are set. Science testing is random and is chosen for 5 children across 1500 schools. According to the details the results are not going to be publicised. There are also bans on calculators for certain exams this year with new formatting for the reading test.
Results that one should expect is for an 11 year old to be at level 4 by the end of year 6 in school, while a child in level five should work at a higher level.
- Depending on the educational school GCSE examinations may be held in November 2014.
- The Pearson Edexcel GCSEs will be held in the first and second weeks of November 2014.
- Maths and English are set for the first week, with additional units of maths and English set for week two.
- If taking exams through AQA then the dates are slightly different. AQA certificates were held in January and will be held again in March for certification, functional skills, and VRQs.
- In May and June GCSE testing including pilots, FSMQ Level 1 and 2, ELC functional skills, and AQA certification and VRQs will be held.
Before 2014 is over, there will be another chance to take the GCSEs in November for pilots and functional skills.
The GCSE is set to be completed in one year as long as teachers approve of the tests being taken. Teachers are to enrol students for the GCSEs based on the students’ preparedness. Even students testing for science and additional science may take one year to complete the GCSEs tests.
- A-Levels held by the AQA have announced that the next set of A-levels will be in May and June.
- There were A-levels in January 2014 for AS and A-Level Applied Art and Design, Health and Social Care, Leisure Studies, Travel, Tourism, and Applied ICT.
- In May and June the A-levels are for FSMQ.
UCAS Applications and Clearing
For those interested in submitting applications to UCAS there are certain important dates necessary to remember. The important application for autumn of 2014 is passed having ended January 15, 2014 at 18:00. All applications for students looking to enter post this date will need to be in by March 24th.
- The institution then has until June 30th to send the applications to the appropriate department. There is a possibility of entering an application as Extra Starts in which an application already turned in can be forwarded to another institution within 21 days.
- March 24th is an important date for all classes and courses in which any new applications need to be within the March deadline. Any changes to the applicant form must be in by the 31st of March.
- Students will hear about application status in May, starting on the 7th. All replies in which students are accepted must have a returned acceptance by June 5th. If there is no reply it is a decline by default.
- For late applications and/or new acceptance due to declined students in which there is still room, students will hear by mid-June in which an acceptance must be made on June 26th and no later than the 30th at 18:00. July 1st is the end to substitutions or additions. Mid-July offers clearing numbers for tracking and for clearing vacancies.
- Re-sits for A Levels are offered in June.
- GCSEs can also be retaken in the summer of 2014, but they are linear to the testing year.
- For most A Levels results will be out August 14th, 2014.
- GCSEs are a week later on August 21st, 2014.
- For those taking tests through AQA results are March 5th, 2014.