Assessments and Exams

Changes in Assessments for 2021

As many of you will be aware, Ofqual, who is the regulator for qualifications in England, have completed a series of consultations with stakeholders such as parents, teachers, schools, colleges and awarding bodies. Such consultation is now complete and Ofqual has provided clear guidance to awarding bodies on how they are expected to support centres to award grades and qualifications.

How will qualifications be assessed and awarded in 2021?

Qualification type Overview of awarding process
GCSE’s, A-Levels, BTECs and OCR Technical. Teaching and learning will continue to be delivered. However, in recognition of the cancellation of exams and the impact on internal assessment, the College will use evidence across the breadth of the course to inform a Qualification-level Teacher Assessed Grade (‘Q-TAG’) for learners who are completing the qualification in summer 2021. For learners who are due to complete next academic year (referred to as mid-flight learners), awarding bodies will provide specific mitigation to minimise learners being disadvantaged.
Functional Skills / ESOL Exams and assessments for these qualifications will continue remotely, or in person, in line with public health measures. Where assessments cannot take place, awarding bodies may provide some flexibility and teacher assessed grades will be made available.
Qualifications related to occupational competency/ professional status. These qualifications are likely to be assessed as normal, however we are awaiting further guidance from Awarding Bodies.
Higher Education Details will vary between each Higher Education Institution / Awarding Body.

Additional Information

The JCQ document 'Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England' provides an overview of the most important information that you and your parents or guardians need to know about how grades will be awarded this summer. This includes a timeline of what is happening and when; how teachers, schools and colleges will determine your grades; and when you will receive your results

Are there any diary dates I should be aware of?

Your teacher will provide specific information about your course and the final date to submit your work.

What happens next?

You should continue to attend all lessons as normal because everything you do will count towards your teacher assessed grade.

We understand that you may have questions about assessment changes for this year. To support you during this time we will regularly update the frequently asked section on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I still need to come to college now that my grades will be awarded by the teacher?

Yes, teaching and learning will continue as normal. You must attend all lessons as teachers will be providing you with assessment work which will help them to award you the right grade.

Can my teacher tell me what my final grade will be?

No. Teachers cannot share your final grade with you. Teachers can share assessment decisions for the pieces of work that you do as normal.

When will I get my grade?

Vocational results such as BTECs will be issued no later than general qualifications, however as yet dates have not yet been confirmed by awarding bodies, we will update this page when we have further details.

  • A/AS levels results day will be 10th August 2021
  • GCSEs results day will be 12th of August 2021

Can I appeal my grade if I am unhappy with the result?

Every student will have the right to appeal their grade if they believe it is wrong.

I am on a 1st year programme what will happen to my grades this year?

We appreciate that your learning may have been affected by the Government’s response to Covid-19 and Awarding Bodies are currently in the process of discussing what this means for your grades this year. As we are updated we will share any decisions with you here.

Will my UCAS application be affected due to teacher assessed grades?

Awarding bodies are working closely with UCAS, and Higher Education Institutes to explain the results processing arrangements for this year, Higher Education Institutes are fully aware of the impact. We will update further once guidance has been released.