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Coronavirus update your qualifications and progression

Coronavirus update 20.3.2020 - Your Qualifications and Progression

20th March 2020

The College welcomes the announcement by the government on A Levels, GCSEs, and other qualifications, which clearly states that our students’ hard work will be recognised, and qualifications awarded, enabling them to move on to further study, employment, or training. 

The latest ofqual statement (published 25th March) can be viewed here

What we know

Following this announcement, we now know that:

For GCSE and A Level students

With this summer’s exams having been cancelled, students will be awarded a calculated grade. This will be produced from a range of evidence provided by teachers, including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment, combined with data from the exam boards.  It is important to note that:

  • for those students that wish to, there will still be the opportunity to sit their exams as soon as possible after schools and colleges re-open
  • there will also be a process in place to allow appeals against the calculated grade.

For students on work-related courses, such as BTECs

Completed modules and assessed work to date will be used in calculating grades, although the exact way in which this is done will be different for different types of qualification and awarding body.

It is important to note that the government is asking awarding organisations to show ‘the maximum possible flexibility and pragmatism to ensure students are not disadvantaged’ when calculating these grades. 

What this means for you

Students and parents/carers naturally have had lots of questions about how their grades will be worked out.  We fully understand how important this is to each and every one of our students, and today’s announcement provides us with the outline of how grades for qualifications will be arrived at.

In this unprecedented situation, we also recognise that there are important details still to be worked out for some of the 300+ different qualifications we deliver. You can rest assured we are working tirelessly, with the awarding bodies and other partners, to provide the clarity and certainty that all our students need. 

Please bear with us whilst we work through all of this on your behalf. All students who were due to complete qualifications with us this summer will be contacted individually with further information on the grading and award of your qualification as it becomes clearer, however this might take some time.

Supporting students to move on to their chosen destinations

Supporting students’ progression remains our key focus. Our staff are working incredibly hard, working closely with the awarding bodies, UCAS, and universities, to make sure that every student is able to progress to their chosen destination.

Applicants planning to join our college in September

For all students who have applied to join us in September 2020: please rest assured that your application will not be in any way disadvantaged because of the exceptional circumstances in which qualifications are having to be awarded this year.