This tool is accessed through The Exams Office’s Online Portal

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

Click here to log in to your administrator account to access the 2019/20 Key Dates Calendar Tool through the Online Portal

What the tool contains

The following key organisations have provided 2019/20 key dates information for inclusion in the tool

  • JCQ 
  • AQA
  • OCR
  • Pearson
  • WJEC

The Exams Office thanks the above organisations for their contribution


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 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 qualifications by type are categorised in the ‘Qualification‘ column
  • 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

Where dates relate to qualifications that have no series (for example, qualifications that have a registration entry at the start of the programme) the series column is blank

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

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

Below are links to where key dates information can be viewed on each organisation’s website

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

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.