A Level and AS Exam Dates 2023

When do 2023 A Level and AS Level exams start?

A Level exams in 2023 start in May and finish end of June. 

These represent the most recent examination schedules set by each A Level examination boards. However, it is crucial to bear in mind that these dates could potentially be altered by exam boards. Therefore, students are advised to use these dates merely as a rough guide.

When are the A Level Maths exams in 2023?

A Level Maths Exams 2023

Level Exam Board Subject Date
A Level CIE Mathematics (Pure 1) 3 May
A Level CIE Mathematics (Mechanics) 5 May
A Level CIE Mathematics (Probability & Statistics 2) 5 May
A Level CIE Mathematics (Probability & Statistics 1) 10 May
A Level CIE Mathematics (Pure 3) 12 May
A Level OCR Mathematics A - Pure mathematics 6 June
A Level Edexcel Mathematics Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 6 June
A Level AQA Maths - Paper 1 6 June
A Level OCR Mathematics A - Pure mathematics and statistics 13 June
A Level Edexcel Mathematics Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 13 June
A Level AQA Maths - Paper 2 13 June
A Level OCR Mathematics A - Pure mathematics and mechanics 20 June
A Level Edexcel Mathematics Paper 3: Statistics & Mechanics 20 June
A Level AQA Maths - Paper 3 20 June

When are the AS Maths exams in 2023?

AS Maths Exams 2023

Level Exam Board Subject Date
AS CIE Mathematics (Pure 2) 5 May
AS OCR Mathematics A - Pure mathematics and statistics 18 May
AS Edexcel Mathematics Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 18 May
AS AQA Maths - Paper 1 18 May
AS OCR Mathematics A - Pure mathematics and statistics 25 May
AS Edexcel Mathematics Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics 25 May
AS AQA Maths - Paper 2 25 May

When are the A Level Biology exams in 2023?

A Level Biology exam dates 2023

Level Exam Board Subject Date
A Level CIE Biology 3 May
A Level CIE Biology 10 May
A Level AQA Biology - Paper 1 7 June
A Level OCR Biology A - Biological processes 7 June
A Level OCR Biology B - Fundamentals of biology 7 June
A Level Edexcel Biology Paper 1: Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics 7 June
A Level Edexcel Biology Paper 2: Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology 14 June
A Level AQA Biology - Paper 2 16 June
A Level OCR Biology A - Biological diversity 16 June
A Level OCR Biology B - Scientific literacy in biology 16 June
A Level AQA Biology - Paper 3 21 June
A Level OCR Biology A - Unified biology 21 June
A Level OCR Biology B - Practical skills in biology 21 June
A Level Edexcel Biology Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Biology 21 June

When are the AS Biology exams in 2023?

AS Biology Exams 2023

Level Exam Board Subject Date
AS CIE Biology 10 May
AS AQA Biology - Paper 1 15 May
AS OCR Biology A - Breadth in biology 15 May
AS OCR Biology B - Foundations of biology 15 May
AS Edexcel Biology Paper 1: Core Cellular Biology and Microbiology 15 May
AS CIE Biology (Practical – Advanced) 23 May
AS AQA Biology - Paper 2 25 May
AS OCR Biology A - Depth in biology 25 May
AS OCR Biology B - Biology in depth 25 May
AS Edexcel Biology Paper 2: Core Physiology and Ecology 25 May
AS CIE Biology (Practical – Advanced) 1 June
AS OCR Biology B - Foundations of biology 7 June
AS CIE Biology (Multiple Choice) 8 June

When are the A Level Chemistry exams in 2023?

A Level Chemistry exam dates 2023

Level Exam Board Subject Date
A Level CIE Chemistry 4 May
A Level CIE Chemistry 11 May
A Level AQA Chemistry - Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 12 June
A Level OCR Chemistry A - Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry 12 June
A Level OCR Chemistry B - Fundamentals of chemistry 12 June
A Level Edexcel Chemistry Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 12 June
A Level AQA Chemistry - Organic and Physical Chemistry 19 June
A Level OCR Chemistry B - Scientific literacy in chemistry 19 June
A Level Edexcel Chemistry Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry 19 June
A Level OCR Chemsitry A - Synthesis and analytical techniques 19 June
A Level AQA Chemistry - Paper 3 23 June
A Level OCR Chemistry A - Unified chemistry 23 June
A Level OCR Chemistry B - Practical skills in chemistry 23 June
A Level Edexcel Chemistry Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry 23 June

When are the AS Chemistry exams in 2023?

AS Chemistry Exams 2023

Level Exam Board Subject Date
AS CIE Chemistry 11 May
AS AQA Chemistry - Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 16 May
AS OCR Chemistry A - Breadth in chemistry 16 May
AS OCR Chemistry B - Foundations of chemistry 16 May
AS Edexcel Chemistry Paper 1: Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 16 May
AS CIE Chemistry (Practical – Advanced) 18 May
AS AQA Chemistry - Organic and Physical Chemistry 23 May
AS OCR Chemistry A - Depth in chemistry 23 May
AS OCR Chemistry B - Chemistry in depth 23 May
AS Edexcel Chemistry Paper 2: Core Organic and Physical Chemistry 23 May
AS CIE Chemistry (Practical – Advanced) 30 May
AS CIE Chemistry (Multiple Choice) 7 June

When are the A Level Physics exams in 2023?

A Level Physics Exam Dates 2023

Level Exam Board Subject Date
A Level CIE Physics (Practical – Advanced) 2 May
A Level CIE Physics 9 May
A Level CIE Physics 17 May
A Level CIE Physics 17 May
A Level AQA Physics - Paper 1 24 May
A Level OCR Physics A - Modelling physics 24 May
A Level OCR Physics B - Fundamentals of physics 24 May
A Level Edexcel Physics Paper 1: Advanced Physics I 24 May
A Level CIE Physics (Practical – Advanced) 25 May
A Level CIE Physics (Multiple Choice) 6 June
A Level AQA Physics - Paper 2 9 June
A Level OCR Physics A - Exploring physics 9 June
A Level OCR Physics B - Scientific literacy in physics 9 June
A Level Edexcel Physics Paper 2: Advanced Physics II 9 June
A Level AQA Physics - Paper 3 15 June
A Level OCR Physics A - Unified physics 15 June
A Level OCR Physics B - Practical skills in physics 15 June
A Level Edexcel Physics Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics 15 June

When are the AS Physics exams in 2023?

AS Physics Exam Dates 2023

Level Exam Board Subject Date
AS AQA Physics - Paper 1 17 May
AS OCR Physics A - Breadth in physics 17 May
AS OCR Physics B - Foundations of physics 17 May
AS AQA Physics - Paper 2 24 May
AS OCR Physics A - Depth in physics 24 May
AS OCR Physics B - Physics in depth 24 May
AS Edexcel Physics Paper 2: Core Physics II 24 May

A Level Exams FAQs

If you miss an A Level exam, it generally means that you will not receive a grade for that paper. Depending on the exam board and subject, this could mean that you don't receive a grade for the entire qualification. However, there are some exceptions, such as if you can provide documented evidence of a serious reason why you couldn't sit the exam, like a medical emergency or bereavement. It's important to immediately contact your exam center or school in this situation to explore your options, which may include retaking the missed exam at a later date.

If a student misses a GCSE exam due to illness, they should inform their school or exam centre as soon as possible. They may be required to provide medical evidence, such as a doctor's note, to support their absence. The school or exam centre will then decide whether the student is eligible for special consideration. Special consideration can result in a small adjustment to the student's final grade to account for the circumstances that led to the missed exam. However, it is important to note that special consideration is granted at the discretion of the exam board, and there is no guarantee that it will be given. If a student misses a significant portion of their exams due to illness, it might be necessary to retake the exams in a future exam series.

The cost of sitting an A Level exam privately can vary depending on the subject and the exam board. On average, it could cost anywhere from £100 to £200 per unit or module. This includes administration fees charged by the examination centre. Please check with your chosen examination centre for the most accurate pricing.

If you miss an A Level exam due to illness, you should get a note from your doctor to confirm your situation and contact your school or exam centre immediately. They can then apply to the exam board for special consideration on your behalf. If granted, this can lead to an adjustment in your grade to reflect the circumstances. However, if you miss all parts of an A Level, it may not be possible to award a grade, even with special consideration.

The length of an A Level exam varies depending on the subject. Typically, they can range from 1.5 to 3 hours, but some subjects may have exams that are slightly shorter or longer. It's always important to check the specific exam timetable for each of your subjects to know exactly how long your exams will be.

For an A Level exam, you should bring:

  • Several black or blue ink pens (pencils only if instructed for certain subjects).
  • A clear pencil case or plastic bag.
  • Your candidate identification or exam entry proof.
  • A watch (without smart functions) to manage your time, as you may not be able to rely on a wall clock.
  • Any other stationery required for the exam such as a calculator (if permitted), ruler, protractor, etc.

Do not bring any unauthorised material, like notes or textbooks, into the exam room, and ensure that your calculator, if allowed, is of a model permitted by the exam board. Also, remember to turn off your mobile phone and any other electronic devices, as having these in the exam room, even if switched off, can lead to disqualification. Always follow the instructions provided by your exam centre.

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