The common structure of the general qualification timetable is agreed by all the JCQ awarding bodies and many factors are considered. We do not timetable examinations for weekends, bank holidays or school holidays, and religious festivals are taken into account wherever possible. We also use ‘clash statistics’ from previous series to avoid major clashes and feedback from centres to identify significant problems.
The provisional timetables are produced approximately a year before an examination series and then centres have an opportunity to comment. If we do not receive any feedback, we assume centres are happy with the timetables. Feedback should be sent to JCQ or OCR as appropriate as shown in the following table: