Click the link below to access the 2019/20 Key Dates Calendar tool

Please read the user instructions below before using the tool & click CLEAR FILTERS before starting your selections

Click the logo above to access the 2019/20 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 Key dates in the examination cycle

There are key dates for the main examination series of GCSE, GCE and Project qualifications which are common to all of the JCQ awarding bodies.

These include dates for access arrangements, entries, submitting centre assessed marks, release of results and final dates for post-result services. Centre staff with teaching and administrative responsibilities will need to be aware of these dates.

Dates appear on timetables and in various awarding body and JCQ documents. However, sometimes a simple date cannot be found quickly when the need arises.

The ‘need to know’ dates for the academic year 2019/20 are listed on pages 2-4.

(Taken directly from JCQ Key dates in the examination cycle 2019/20)

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

What the 2019/20 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

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
  • highlighting the key tasks to be undertaken
  • producing an annual exams plan


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

How to use the tool 


Please ensure that you have applied the ‘Clear filters‘ option once you have completed your search in order to access all of the information in the tool

The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in centres as a result of the information provided on our website 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.