The government has outlined its final decisions for awarding GCSE, A-Level and Vocational and technical qualification (VTQ) grades this summer.
Following a consultation that ran last month and received just over 100,000 responses, the plans are similar to the arrangements adopted last year when exams were cancelled. We are working very hard to interpret the guidance. We are expecting more guidance over the next few days from Exam Boards and will share more information as we receive it. Please chek back to this page regularly for updates.
To view, the statement from the Department for Education go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/teacher-assessed-grades-for-students?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=2568affc-1ccd-40cf-af75-2e775650b1a2&utm_content=daily
Students must continue to engage with their studies and complete all work set by their tutor. The commitment and engagement they show to their course will have a direct impact on the grades they are awarded.
A-Levels and GCSEs
For GCSEs and A-levels exams will not go ahead. Instead, centre assessed grades will be used, based on a range of assessment, including coursework, mock exams and internal assessments.
Exam boards will provide detailed guidance on how to make grade judgments by the end of the spring term. We will share any further guidance with you as we receive it.
How GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be awarded in Summer 2021
Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs)
Awarding VTQs will again be based on three “broad” groups:
For Vocational qualifications most like GCSEs and A levels and used for progression to FE or HE, including BTECs, exams will not go ahead.
Instead, centre assessed grades will be used, based on a range of assessment, including coursework, mock exams and internal assessments. We are awaiting more detailed guidance from each Awarding Body and what evidence is needed and will distribute this as we receive it.
For Technical Qualifications used for direct entry to employment and used to demonstrate occupational or professional competence, including subject areas like construction, motor vehicle, hair and beauty, assessments will go ahead as planned.
Assessments for VTQs that are unlike GCSEs and A-levels but are still used for progression, such as functional skills will still go ahead either onsite or remotely. If neither of those options is possible then “alternative arrangements” can be used, although we are awaiting further guidance on how this would work.
How vocational and technical qualifications will be awarded in 2021.
How will Centre Assessed Grades work?
Grades will be awarded to students based upon any evidence that is available to determine performance. This may include coursework, mock exams or any other work completed as part of your course, such as essays or in-class test. No algorithm will be used.
It is, therefore, critical that students continue to engage with their studies and complete all work set by their tutor. The commitment and engagement they show to their course will have a direct impact on the grades they are awarded.
How do I know the grade I am awarded is fair?
All grades will go through a thorough internal moderation process and will then be moderated further by the Exam boards.
Students will have the right to appeal your grade. We are awaiting further guidance on how this would work and will share it with you when we know more.
When will I receive my results?
Results days for GCSEs, A levels and Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) that are needed to secure college or university places will take place in the week of 9 August
Results for other VTQs, such as functional skills will be issued throughout the year from April onwards.
How do I find out more?
Please check our website regularly. We will update this as we receive any additional guidance from Ofqual or Exam Boards.