Antoinette Sandbach - Eddisbury Liberal Democrats

COVID-19: Guidance issued on summer 2020 grades for GCSEs, AS and A Levels

Following the Secretary of State for Education's announcement that the summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A Level examinations have been cancelled in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19, Ofqual have now issued detailed guidance setting out how the assessed grades will operate, standardisation procedures, appeal rights and autumn exams.

The guidance covers the the following qualifications regulated by Ofqual and offered by AQA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC Eduqas, ASDAN and City & Guilds:

  • GCSEs
  • AS and A Levels
  • Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ)
  • Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) in maths

Vocational and technical qualifications are not covered - Ofqual is currently developing an approach for these qualifications and further information will be published in due course.  

Assessed grades

Schools and colleges will be asked to send exam boards the following information for each subject, based on the teacher's knowledge of a student's work and their achievements:

  • the grade they believe the student was most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had taken place as planned;
  • within each subject, the order of students at the school or college, by performance, for each grade.

Teachers will take into account the full range of available evidence when determining the grade, including a student's classwork and homework, results in assignments and any mock exams, any non-exam assessment or coursework undertaken and the student's general progress during the course.

Assessed grades will be submitted to the exam boards from the end of May 2020 and will then go through a process of standardisation to ensure that grades are fair between schools and colleges across the country. 

Issuing of assessed grades and appeal rights

  • The assessed grades will be issued no later than the usual August results dates.  Ofqual hope to be able to issue earlier to provide students with greater certainty.
  • Assessed grades will have equal status to the grades awarded in other years and will be treated in this way by universities, colleges and employers.
  • Ofqual are currently drawing up proposals for an appeals process, which will go out to consultation shortly. 
  • Students who are disappointed with their assessed grades will also have the opportunity to sit exams in autumn 2020 or summer 2021.


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