COVID-19: How Will GCSEs and A-Levels Be Awarded?

Admissions

2020-04-07

2020 Summer GCSE and A-Level examinations have been cancelled so how will your academic performance be marked and what grades will you be awarded? Let’s take a closer look.

If you were due to sit your GCSEs or A-Levels this summer, you should have received a letter from Ofqual, dated Friday 3rd April 2020, explaining the next steps that will be taken. If you haven’t, please get in touch with your school to inform them or if you have received the letter. We’ll try our best to break it down for you.

What will be looked at when considering my final grade?

For each GCSE and A-Level you were studying. The exam boards will ask your school to provide “two-pieces of information”:

  1. What grade the school thinks you were on track of gaining before COVID-19.
  2. For a list of all students and their predicted grades in order of rank for each subject to make all grades fair for all.

How will your school determine what grades you were on track for?

Each subject teacher will base your grades on a mixture of previous results from coursework, homework, sat mock exams, interacted in class discussions and group work and took part in non-assessments. So your teachers will look at all of these, take an average of what grades you achieved in them, compare them to the rest of the student’s predicted grades in each subject and agree on a predicted grade for each subject.

Will results be out later than planned?

Ofqual has stated that:

“We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need.”

So you may even get your results early- finally, some good news.

Can I re-sit if I’m not happy with my grades?  

This has not yet been decided but they are working on it. We’ll keep you updated on this via our Live Updates: COVID-19 and Medical School Admissions page.

To stay up-to-date with the possible changes COVID-19 might bring to this year's UCAT testing season, bookmark our live updates page here.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious? Please don’t worry, head over to our UCAT 2020 Online Course and we’ll get you signed up to guide you through this whole process.

We have a bank of over 10,000 questions, a decision-making section, and 8 full mock exams and 18 mini-mock exams; we even give you performance feedback too.

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