Exam Information

It is the aim of Impington Village College to make the examination experience as stress free and successful as possible for all candidates. Hopefully this content will prove informative and helpful for you and your parents.

Exam Guidance

The College Exams department deals with all aspects of exam registrations and administration for both internal and external examinations. We currently offer GCSE, GCE, IB, FSMQ, BTEC, Cambridge Nationals, WJEC Vocational, Functional Skills, ELC, ASDAN & Trinity College exams. We also administer a range of University admissions tests such as BMAT, TSA, and STEP etc. for year 13 students.

Please note that we do not accept entries for private candidates at the College.

If you have any queries regarding examinations at IVC please contact the exams team via or come along to the Exams Office where a member of staff will be able to help you. The office can be found just off of the Parr room which is down the corridor past the staff room and is open from 08.30am – 16.00pm Monday-Friday term time only.

Mrs Angie Wocha
Exams Officer

Advice on Examinations

The exam boards have strict criteria which must be followed for the conduct of external examinations and assessments which the College is required to follow precisely. Listed below are the information for candidate’s documents that you must read and take notice of. Please note that if you break any of the exam rules or regulations it could lead to disqualification from all subjects, the College must report any breaches of regulations to the exam boards.

GCSE, GCE, BTEC, Cambridge National, ELC, FSMQ exams – JCQ documents

IB exams

You will be issued with your own individual timetable for all internal and external exams. These will be sent to your College email account via SIMS InTouch and can also be viewed on Edulink. These will show the subject that you have been entered for along with your room and seat number. Your four digit candidate number will also be shown on the timetable. This is the number that you will need to write on all of your external exam answer booklets and will be the same for all exams sat at IVC.

Internal exams

Internal examinations generally follow the timings of the College day. You should go along to the exam venue and line up at least 10 minutes before the start of the exam where you will be registered.

External exams

Students taking external examinations will receive a provisional statement of entry and exam timetable in the January of the year that they are due to sit their examinations. A further more detailed copy of their timetable showing venue and seat number etc will be issued at the end of April/beginning of May along with a copy of the College exams guidance booklet containing additional information and FAQs.

If you have a clash between exams the College will re-schedule the papers. You will normally sit one paper then have a break during which time you will be supervised and must not have any communication with other candidates. You will then sit the second paper. It may be necessary for you to bring a packed lunch if you have exams in both the morning and afternoon as you will have to remain in isolation until both exams are completed.

You must ensure that you read your exam timetable carefully during the exam period, if you arrive in the afternoon for a morning exam you would not be allowed to sit that exam.

All external examinations start at 09:30 & 13:30 promptly. You should also be aware that if you start the exam more than 30 minutes after the published starting time, the College must inform the examination board and it is possible that they may decide not to accept your work. Please ensure that you allow enough time to get to College so that if you are delayed (e.g. through transport problems) you will still arrive on time. Please be aware that examination dates and times are set by the awarding bodies, you will not be able to sit an exam on a different day to the one that is timetabled.

If anything is not clear or you have any questions please come to the Exams office to ask or email us at

Further Information

Each year the awarding bodies designate a contingency day for external examinations in case of any emergency changes to the examination schedule.

Please note that you will not be expected in College that day unless you have a scheduled examination.

Please ensure that you are fully equipped with the correct stationery needed for all exams. These should be in a transparent pencil case or a clear plastic bag and visible to the invigilators at all times. Listed below is the suggested key stationery that students will need for each exam:

  • Clear pencil case
  • Black pens x 2
  • Pencil x 2
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Calculator (if permitted)
  • Protractors
  • Compass

No food is allowed in the exam room unless required for medical reasons. A small bottle of water in a clear container and with all labels removed is the only drink allowed in the exam room.

Candidates are required to stay for the full length of the exam. You will not be allowed to leave an exam room early or without the invigilators permission.
If you require assistance during the exam you should put up your hand to attract the invigilators attention.

You must not communicate in any way, ask for help from or give help to another student whilst in the exam.

We run both internal and external examinations according to examination board guidelines

 Mobile phones and other electronic items are strictly forbidden in the exam rooms. If you are found to have an item on you that is not allowed this will be reported to the awarding body and they may disqualify you from that paper.
For exams held in the sports hall or gym mobile phones etc. should be left in your bags which are locked in the changing room.

For exams that are in the smaller venues and where bags are taken into the room you will be required to place your phone and any other devices into the small plastic wallets that will be provided on each desk. These will be collected in by the invigilators and returned to you at the end of the exam.

If you experiencing any illness or difficulty before your exam you must inform a member of the exams office staff or an invigilator so that they can assist you at the time.

Only in exceptional circumstance are candidates allowed special consideration for absence from any part of an exam. It is essential that medical or other appropriate evidence is obtained on the day by the candidate and given to the Exams officer if an application is to be made for special consideration.

Some students are entitled to exam access arrangements such as extra time, reader etc.

A card giving details of your approved access arrangement will be placed on your desk. Invigilators will have been made aware of these arrangements and will include any additional time when they display the finishing time of the exam on the board.

Please click here for our guide to assessment and progress.

Results and Post Results Services

Results will be available to view on Edulink following each internal exam series.

Results will be available as follows:

  • GCE & Level 3 results day TBC
  • GCSE & Level 1/2 results day TBC

All other results will be emailed to your College email account via SIMS InTouch on results day from 08:30am onwards.

A paper copy of results will also be posted home via first class mail on results day.

Unfortunately we are unable to send results to personal email accounts or over the telephone as we cannot guarantee that this is secure.

For external exams the awarding bodies make available a range of post results services such as a review of marking, access to script etc. following the publication of results.

Before any application can be made the relevant application form must be completed providing the candidates consent and payment of the appropriate fee.

Please note that grades can stay the same, go down or go up so it is recommended that you consult the relevant Lead practioner of the subject as to the advisability of requesting a review of results.

Information/Application forms have been emailed with information about results days and are available from the Exams department on request.

GCSE exam certificates will be available for collection from the College reception from the start of December onwards. Certificates will not be given to anyone other than the candidate without the candidate’s written authorisation and will not be posted home due to the risk of loss or damage. Further details will be sent to you regarding this during the autumn term.

Please be aware that the College is only obliged to keep certificates for a period of one year after issue. If candidates do not collect their certificates within this time (or if they lose certificates that have been issued) they can only be replaced by direct application and payment of a fee to the appropriate examination boards. You are therefore urged to collect your certificates as soon as possible and store them safely.

IB certificates will be posted home during the autumn term once the College have received them.

Exam Calendar

Please note these dates may be subject to change as Ofqual are currently in consultation with the exam boards regarding the dates of exams next summer.

October/NovemberGCSE, GCE & IB external resit exams
22nd November – 3rd December Year 11 internal mock exams
4th – 22nd January Year 13 internal mock exams
10th – 21st January GCSE MFL speaking mock exams
19 – 29th April Year 12 internal mock exams
19 – 29th April GCSE MFL speaking exams
20th June -1st July Year 10 internal mock exams

Exam Boards

Please note these dates may be subject to change as Ofqual are currently in consultation with the exam boards regarding the dates of exams next summer.

GCSE SubjectEntry CodeAwarding body
Combined Science8464AQA
Design & Technology8552AQA
English Language8700AQA
English Literature8702AQA
Religious Studies8062MAAQA
Business StudiesJ204OCR
Computer ScienceJ276OCR
Media StudiesJ200AOCR
Physical EducationJ587OCR
Art & DesignC650QSWJEC
Hospitality & Catering (VOC)5569QAWJEC
Further Maths9FMOAEdexcel
FSMQ Maths6993OCR
Cambridge National
Business: Enterprise & MarketingJ819OCR
Child DevelopmentJ818OCR
Creative Digital iMediaJ817OCR
Sports ScienceJ812OCR
ELC & Functional Skills
Step up to English5972/5973AQA
Functional Skills EnglishL1/L2AQA
ELC Maths5930AQA
ELC Science5962/5962AQA
Creative Digital Media ProdXFY91Edexcel
Extended Diploma Health and Social Care 601/7193/5Edexcel
Extended Diploma Perf ArtsUWF46Edexcel
Extended Diploma SportXJG48Edexcel
First award SportBNPP8Edexcel
National Diploma Perf ArtsUWF45Edexcel
National Diploma SportXJG47Edexcel
Tech award Perf ArtsBTKN7Edexcel

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