Year 11 and 13 Examinations
Updated 14 May 2020
Do I have to sit any examinations this summer?
GCSE, A Level and all vocational examinations have been cancelled for the summer of 2020.
Instead of examinations, Ofqual have published guidance to schools on what they require us to do to help generate pupils a grade for their GCSE and A Level subjects.
Do I have to complete coursework?
You do not need to complete unfinished coursework for any of your vocational subjects. Your grades will not be affected by this.
The vocational courses that were being studied were: Sport Science, Dance, Health & Social Care, Business, ICT, Criminology, Applied Science and Performing Arts. This applies for all of these subjects.
How will my grades be worked out?
Teachers in all schools have been asked to use a range of evidence (mock grades, other assessments, class work, homework, any coursework that had been submitted, any units already completed or examined, etc) to calculate the grade they think you would have achieved this year.
They also have to rank every student within each grade.
This information will then be submitted to the examination boards who will carry out a number of checks to makes sure grades seem appropriate and fair across the whole country.
Can I contact my teacher about my grades?
The exam boards may adjust the grades we submit for some pupils or schools which is why we are instructed not to discuss them or share them with pupils or their families.
Ofqual have written a letter to pupils about all of this, which you can read here.
Please do not ask your teachers for them.
What should I do instead?
We have provided some materials and resources that we hope will help you with preparing for the subjects you will study next year as well as with the final choices you have to make about your next destination.
When is exam results day?
The government have announced that exam results will be available as initially planned on Thursday 13 August for A Level results and Thursday 20 August for GCSE results.
We will provide details for how these will be distributed closer to the time, when we know what the latest guidance on social distancing is.