Exam Results and Assessments
Students will be able to collect their results from the college in person from 09:00 a.m. Any results not collected by 03:00 p.m. will be sent out via post.
Tuesday 10th August: You can collectl your AS, A-Level and other Level 3 (e.g. BTEC Nationals) grades on this day from the college.
Thursday 12th August: GCSE and other Level 2 (e.g. BTECs, Cambridge Nationals) grades can be collected from the college.
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.
What has happened so far? May to June:
- Your grades were decided and carefully checked by the college
- You have completed your studies; building your knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of subjects.
- You may have completed additional assessments in the last few months to support with Summer 2021 grading.
- Your teachers have decided your grades by selecting a range of your work.
- The college had the flexibility to decide which work to use as evidence to account for what you had been taught during the pandemic. This also made sure your grades were based on evidence and demonstrated the standard you had been performing at during your course.
- Your teachers should have told you which work is being used as evidence for your grades. They may have told you the marks or grades for individual pieces of work but must not tell you your overall grades.
- Each of your grades has been checked by at least two subject teachers, or your teacher and the Head of Department. This followed the college’s approved policy which was reviewed by the exam boards.
- The college sent your grades to the exam boards by the 18th June.
What is happening now? 21st June to 16th July:
- Grades will be checked by the exam boards.
- If you haven’t already, please make sure your teacher has information they need about any special circumstances, such as illness, that may have impacted your performance on the assessments used as evidence.
- Your teachers have now sent the exam boards examples of the evidence they based some students’ grades on so the college’s grades can be reviewed.
- The boards will check a sample of the colleges’ evidence to make sure they have followed this year’s grading process and that grades are supported by appropriate evidence.
- You can have confidence that grades have been fully checked the college and the grading process has been externally reviewed by the exam boards.
What happens next? 10th August and 12th August:
- You will receive your AS, A-Level and other Level 3 (e.g. BTEC Nationals, Cambridge Technicals) grades on 10th August or GCSE and other Level 2 (e.g. BTECs, Cambridge Nationals) grades on 12th August.
- You can then confidently progress to higher education, further education (e.g. sixth form), or employment.
- In the event that you think an error has been made in deciding your grade, details on the appeals process will be found on the JCQ and exam board websites. Remember your grade can go down as well as up on appeal.
- If you want to improve your grade, there will be an exam series in the autumn.
- If you want to discuss your options, you can talk to your school or college or call the Exams Results Helpline.
- Look out for JCQ’s Student Guide, which will be available before results day and have more support for you
|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.|
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
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
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.