What the tool offers

The tool offers a composite list of JCQ and the contributing awarding bodies key dates to support exams officers in:

  • identifying the key dates and deadlines that affect their centre
  • producing a personalised key dates calendar
  • highlighting the key tasks to be undertaken
  • producing an annual exams plan

It is recommended that centres use FirefoxSafari (if using an Apple Mac) or Edge when accessing the tool

What the tool contains

The following key organisations provide key dates information for inclusion in the tool:

  • JCQ
  • AQA
  • OCR
  • Pearson
  • WJEC/Eduqas

The 2020/21 tool contains key dates for the following exam series’:

  • JCQ: November 2020, Summer 2021
  • AQA: November 2020, (PSE Autumn 2020) January 2021, March 2021 (PSE Spring 2021), Summer 2021
  • OCR: (General Qualifications and Cambridge Nationals) November 2020, January 2021, Summer 2021, Summer 2022
  • Pearson: November 2020, January 2021, February 2021, March 2021, Summer 2021, Summer 2022
  • WJEC/Eduqas: November 2020, January 2021


A composite spreadsheet of the key dates above is also provided for members here

The Exams Office thanks the above organisations for their contribution

Before using the tool, please note:

The key dates in the tool are presented as received from JCQ and the contributing awarding bodies, however to improve the search experience for JCQ, AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC/Eduqas key dates the ‘June‘ exam series  (used to describe the main summer May/June exam series) has been categorised under the broader term ‘Summer‘.

  • GCE and GCSE qualifications, All (AQA)1 All (OCR)1 All (Pearson)1 and BTEC qualifications are categorised in the ‘Qualification‘ column (For the summer 2021 series only, a category All (JCQ)has been added)
  • All other qualifications are categorised in this column as Other and further detail on which qualification this refers to is provided in the ‘Further information‘ column

1All denotes that the key date listed applies to all the qualifications described within the ‘Further information’ or ‘Description’ field, or all qualifications available within that series (as shown in the ‘Series’ field)

It is the responsibility of centres to confirm that dates are accurate at the point of use as they may be subject to change by the originating organisation

How to access the tool

  • Login to the Online Portal
  • From the Members (Resources) area select Online Tools
  • Select Key Dates Calendar

What are key dates?

These are exam administration dates and deadlines provided for centres by awarding bodies

The key dates provided by an awarding body are published on the individual awarding body website

JCQ (on behalf of AQA, CCEA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC) publishes common Key dates in the examination cycle

Individual awarding body website links to key dates information:

The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in centres as a result of the information provided on our website, Online Portal or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of centres to apply this information as they deem necessary within their own centre. You should always contact/refer to the relevant awarding body for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their qualifications.