Ofqual has announced how grades for general qualifications, Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals are going to be awarded this summer.
We’ve summarised what Ofqual has said including information about other vocational and technical qualifications and the key news from the Ofqual consultation outcomes.
Ofqual has developed a Summer 2020 qualification Explainer Tool where you can find out what’s happening with your vocational, technical and other general qualifications that were scheduled to be taken this summer.
Ofqual has also produced a video and infographic to help you understand the arrangements this summer.
You can also find out more information on our FAQs.
There’s an update from JCQ on the options for you to get results this summer. We have produced a graphic which summarises these options.
If the school or exam centre where you made your entry for this summer’s GCSE, AS or A Level exams has access to the evidence they need to generate a centre assessment grade for you and to put you in rank order, they will be able to submit this so we can give you a result this summer.
Your centre needs to be confident that they have seen sufficient evidence of your achievement to make a judgement about what grade you would have received if you had sat the exam this summer. If they are not, they should let you know as soon as possible. However, there are some alternative options to consider.
JCQ has listed some alternative sources of evidence that may be considered by centres to help them generate a centre assessment grade and rank order for you.
If you have moved from one ‘exam centre’ to another part way through your studies, there may be an opportunity for you to transfer back if your original centre knows you better. The head of centre at your current centre will need to consult with the previous centre about the evidence they hold. If it’s more appropriate for the original centre to submit a centre assessment grade and place you in their rank order, you should ask your current centre to withdraw your entry. The original centre needs to make a new entry for you. You should make sure your original centre agrees with you about accepting your entry before your first entry is withdrawn.
There may also be an option to be accepted at a centre, one with experience of working with distance learning for example, that you have no prior relationship with. Any centre involved in accepting an entry transfer that you don’t have a prior relationship with would need exam board permission and to submit details of how they will validate your evidence, which could include doing some remote sessions with you. The centre will also likely charge you a fee for this.
If a centre is not able to generate a centre assessment grade and rank order for you, you may consider taking exams in autumn 2020 or in summer 2021.
To support you, our subject advisors have written some blogs on how students may want to use teaching and learning resources found on our website. You can read these on our blog page.
There is also a blog written by Lucinda Powell - Education Consultant in Mental Health and Wellbeing who talks through 5 ways to wellbeing.
We've produced a number of skills guides which cover a range of topics. These guides focus on various areas of education and work.