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Ofqual releases statement for GCSE, AS, A Level

The following information has been released by Ofqual in relation to students currently studying GCSEs, AS and A levels, plus Extended Project Qualifications and Additional Extension Awards in maths.  Information on Vocational qualifications are to follow.

This is an extract, the full statement can be read on the following link. 

A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer I understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you are urgently waiting for news. I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades. Our over-riding aim in this is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.

How will grades be calculated? 

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  • within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges.

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when GCSE, AS and A 3 April 2020 level students in England 2 making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.

The full statement from Ofqual can be read here, as soon as information is available for Vocational courses, this will be made available. 


Date: 3/04/2020