Exams FAQs

This section is updated regularly as soon as we receive any new information. LAST UPDATE: 27/03/2020 15:00

The Government has announced there will be no exams taking place in schools or colleges this year, for any qualification (this includes GCSE, A level and all other vocational and technical qualifications)

The government have said ‘we recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they have not been able to sit their exams. If they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.’

Therefore, it is important for students to continue to study and develop their skills.

Exams watchdogs are working on alternative arrangements for cancelled exams, which will be decided by a range of factors including, non-exam assessments, mock exams, and teachers’ assessment as well as any previous prior attainment. The Government has announced that it wouldn’t be fair to base grades purely on predicted results, which is why there will be a range of methods used to give a final overall grade. It is important to note, that grades will not be based just on teachers’ assessment, but the awarding bodies will look at prior achievements too, and it will be awarding bodies that calculate the final grade.

This doesn’t just apply to GCSEs and A levels; awarding bodies are looking at ways – similar to above – to give overall grades for all vocational courses. The exam boards will be working on this during the coming weeks

More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

We will contact students when we know more about how grades will be calculated

The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.

University representatives have already confirmed that they expect universities to be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.

Due to the cancellation of summer exams, your teachers will be giving you an assessment grade. This prediction can include evidence from homework, classwork, mock exams, controlled assessment completed so far. Your teacher will be going through a rigorous process to make the assessment grade.

These grades will be submitted to awarding bodies, where they will go through a rigorous moderation, before your final grade will be given.

 No. It is important schools and colleges do not share provisional grades with students or parents and carers before final results have been issued. This is to protect the integrity of the teachers’ judgements, and to avoid teachers, Heads of Department or Heads of Centre feeling under pressure to submit a grade that is not supported by the evidence. Once centre assessment grades have been submitted to exam boards, the process to produce the final grades will start. More information will be given to teachers, students, parents and carers at the time final results are issued.

College internal assessments already has an important role in many GCSEs and A levels. In an unprecedented situation such as this, colleges are best placed to judge the likely performance of their students had courses been completed as normal. There is evidence to show that teachers can make predictions for their students with a high degree of accuracy. In the interests of fairness to students, judgements made by colleges across the country should be consistent. Exam boards will therefore standardise the judgements once grades have been submitted.

The exam boards are working hard to get results out as soon as is possible. Results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August and ideally will be issued a little earlier, so students can have the certainty they need.

The grades awarded to students will have equal status to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities, colleges and employers. On the results slips and certificates, grades will be reported in the same way as in previous years.

 Yes, this approach will enable students to move onto the next stage of their education or employment in the autumn as planned. The Department for Education has discussed the plan with UCAS, school and college leaders, who are supportive of the approach.

We are still awaiting further updates from awarding bodies for clarification of how vocational course grades will be decided.

Our student services team is on hand to provide support and advice. Call 01952 642237, or email info@telfordcollege.ac.uk