Now that exams have been cancelled, how will GCSEs, AS and A levels be awarded this summer?
The government has asked examinations regulator Ofqual to provide you with a calculated grade for each of your A level, AS level and GCSE qualifications. It will be a fair and carefully considered judgement of the grades your school or college believes you would have been most likely to get if you had sat your exams/completed your studies.
Your school or college will consider a range of things such as your classwork and homework, your results in assignments and any mock exams, any non-exam assessment or coursework you have done, and your general progress during your course. Further information is available on the gov.uk website.
It’s important to remember that your offer at DMU isn’t necessarily decided on just your grades. Information in your personal statement and reference are part of your application, along with any interviews you are invited to attend and any portfolios, auditions, and other information that’s relevant to your application. We will continue to update these FAQs as soon as more information becomes available, so please keep checking back for further updates.
What does this mean for other qualifications, such as BTECs?
We know that exam cancellations will also impact students on BTECs and International Baccalaureate courses, and if you do have concerns about this then we are here to offer you support. For students who were planning to complete BTEC Nationals this summer, the government has confirmed that your grades will also be calculated.
Calculated results will draw on a range of evidence, depending on the structure of the qualification. They may be based in part on teacher, trainer or tutor judgements of the result you would most likely have achieved had you been able to complete your assessments this summer. Any centre assessment grade will be based on a range of evidence held by the school, college or training provider. However, there are still details to be worked out between the awarding organisations and Ofqual and we will update this page with further details when they are available. If you were due to take assessments for Functional Skills qualifications before the end of the summer, you will also receive a calculated result.
For International Baccalaureate courses, DP and CP exams scheduled between 30 April and 22 May will no longer be held. You will be awarded either a diploma or a course certificate which reflects your standard of work, based around your coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.
We want to reassure you that we will do everything we can to support you in your application to study at DMU and we plan to have our Clearing process open to continue our support through the summer period. To find out more about vocational and technical qualifications, visit the gov.uk website.
When will I get my results?
The UK government has confirmed that this year A level results will be released on Thursday 13 August and GCSE results will be released on Thursday 20 August.
I’m worried about not achieving the results I need with this new grading system, what can I do?
If you are concerned that you might not achieve the results you expected as part of the new grading system then Ofqual, the government’s examinations regulator government, will allow for an appeal where appropriate. There may also be the option to sit an exam or other assessment at some point in the autumn, depending on the qualification.
Ofqual will let you know about this in the coming weeks and will keep updating its guidance as new information becomes available, including sharing details about vocational and technical qualifications, so please keep checking the gov.uk website for more updates.
At DMU, we recognise this year has presented some unusual circumstances and we will be reviewing results and wider applications closely. We want to reassure you that we will do everything we can to support you in your application to study at DMU. We plan to have our Clearing process to continue our support through the summer period, so please keep checking our website for more information on this.
If you do have concerns and would like to speak to us, then our enquiry team will be happy to support you. You can get in touch by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800.
How will grades be calculated for the Access to Higher Education Diploma?
Students planning to complete their Access to HE Diploma by 31 July 2020 will receive calculated grades for all remaining assessments with submission dates after 20 March 2020. For more detailed information about this, please visit the Access to HE website
What should I do if I can’t get hold of transcripts or certificates?
It might be that you are currently unable to provide all of the documents we have asked for as part of your application, such as transcripts, references or certificates. If this is the case, we recommend contacting our enquiry team by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800 to discuss this further.
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