Cambridge has announced that both school and private candidates can apply to not take some components in the June 2021 exam series if their learning has been disrupted by Covid-19.

  • Schools and private candidates can apply for exemptions in components of selected subjects (find the full list of subjects here). Eligible subjects are mainly Science and ICT practical exams, speaking/listening tests, and coursework but not the generally written components.
  • Exemptions can be requested by schools and private candidates where teaching or learning was disrupted by the pandemic because it required:
    • Access to facilities and equipment that has not been possible due to Covid-19 disruption, such as instruments, laboratories, studios, audio visual equipment, sports facilities, specific software, specialist material.
    • Working with others in pairs, groups, or teams, which have not been possible due to Covid-19 disruption.
  • In the first instance, both school and private candidates will have to register for all their chosen subjects as normal. Once registrations deadlines are closed, then exemption requests can be submitted. Please find exemption process for schools and private candidates in links mentioned below.

Understanding and accepting the risks of applying for Covid-19 exemptions

If Cambridge approves your application, then your final grade will be decided based on your performance in the component(s) that you do take.  Therefore, there are risks with Covid-19 exemptions which you must understand before you apply:

  • If you underperform in the components you take, then you may receive a lower overall grade compared to if you took all the components.
  • If you are absent from sitting a remaining component (e.g. you are ill, you need to self-isolate, or there is a lockdown on the day of the exam) there may not be sufficient evidence for Cambridge to award a final grade. You would therefore receive ‘NO RESULT’ for that subject.
  • Schools and private candidates should make entries with the British Council for all the subjects (including the ones they seek exemption in) following the regular process. Once normal entries for all the subjects are made then exemption requests can be submitted. Please find exemption process for schools and private candidates in links mentioned below.

Please click for Cambridge Exemption process for Schools

Please click for Cambridge Exemption process for private candidates