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To support as many of our candidates as possible, we have three eligibility windows for component exemptions in June 2023. See below for details.
Candidates may not be able to work with others, or access certain facilities or equipment. This means they may be unable to complete a component. By using a component exemption (also known as a Covid-19 exemption), candidates do not take the component but can still receive an overall syllabus grade. Exempted candidates do not sit the exam for the exempted component or complete the coursework/speaking component. You do not send any candidate work to us for the exempted component.
Applications have now closed – the application deadline was 17 April 2023.
Wherever possible, candidates should complete all components according to the requirements set out in the syllabus because this gives them the best chance of showing what they know and can do. We have spent considerable time thinking through our approach to component exemptions for 2023 and we have worked closely with our schools to understand how they continue to be impacted by the pandemic. In most cases, we can see that component exemptions are not needed by schools to the same extent as previous years. This is largely because most of our schools are no longer impacted by widespread closures seen in previous years.
To be eligible for a component exemption, your school must have been closed by a local or national Government directive for one or more of the following periods:
To be eligible for component exemptions based on school closures in any of the three eligibility windows, your school must have been closed by a local or national government directive and you must provide evidence of this.
No - you cannot combine shorter periods of closure from the different windows e.g. 10 weeks of closure from 1 September 2021 – 31 July 2022 and 12 weeks of closure from 1 January – 31 December 2022.
You can see what exemptions are available for which syllabuses and components.
If you have approved component exemptions you need to tell us which candidates you would like to exempt from which component(s). It is extremely important you complete this step, otherwise your candidates cannot use their exemptions. We will email you directly to ask you to confirm your candidate(s) details.
Our supplement outlines Covid-19 exemption regulations for the June 2023 series (PDF, 104KB). You must use this, as well as the Cambridge Handbook, if you are running exams.
You must not apply for component exemptions and component adjustments for the same candidate(s) for the same component. Make sure you understand the difference between these routes to grades before you apply – see ‘What is a component exemption?’ above and ‘What is a component adjustment?’.