Exams Summer 2020

National Contingency Day

We would like to advise you of some information we have received from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), the organisation overseeing the arrangements for GCSE exams. For the first time during the Summer 2020 examination series they have announced a National Contingency Day which would be invoked ‘in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations’.

The National Contingency Day would allow any examinations to be postponed in the event of an incident to a later date to allow all learners a fair and equal chance.

The National Contingency Day is Wednesday 24 June 2020.

All candidates must be available to sit examinations on that date. Please note that this is a national date and applies to all candidates in all schools and colleges who sit GCSE exams.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the college on: exams@wmcollege.ac.uk.

Thank you for your support.



Below are the dates of exams for the summer GCSE series.

19 May 2020 – Maths Paper 1: Non-Calculator

02 June 2020 – English Language Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing

04 June 2020 – Maths Paper 2: Calculator

05 June 2020 – English Language Paper 2: Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing

08 June 2020 – Mathematics Paper 3: Calculator


Results become available to GCSE learners on Thursday 20 August 2020. The college will be in contact with you regarding coming in to collect them. You should do your best to be available on that day to collect your results. If you cannot come into college on 22 August please get in touch via: exams@wmcollege.ac.uk.  Please note that we do not give out results over the phone.

Certificates and Replacements


If you are a learner on our accredited courses (e.g. ESOL, Functional Skills, GCSE, Childcare) you should expect to receive a certificate if you pass your course. Certificates arrive anywhere between a few weeks to months after you have completed the course. The certificate is sent to the college, it is not sent to you. Once we have the certificate, we will get in touch with you about coming to the college to collect it.

If for anyone reason you cannot collect your certificate, you should get in touch with our Exams Department  via: exams@wmcollege.ac.uk. We may be able to arrange another way of getting the certificate to you.

Note: we hold certificates for a minimum period of 18 months before they are destroyed. After this, you will be need to pay for a replacement. It is the learner’s responsibility to ensure they have collected their certificate.

Replacement Certificates

Depending on the circumstances the college can pay for a replacement for you. Details of when this will occur can be found in the Replacement Certificate Policy below: