City & Guilds
We have received final guidance from City & Guilds around how vocational and technical qualifications are going to be awarded and wanted to share this with you so that you are aware.
City & Guilds (C&G), which is the awarding body for your technical qualification, has now published how it plans to calculate and award internal and external assessment grades.
This information applies to students studying Level 2 and Level 3 C&G Technical programmes.
This guidance sets out what work will be included in its assessment, which will help to form the final grade you are awarded.
What will happen if I am due to finish at college this year?
If you are due to finish college this year, your online learning will have now stopped and evidence for your final grade will be gathered.
Please note, your teachers are still on hand to offer guidance regarding your progress to your next level of learning, university, or the workplace. They cannot discuss your awarded grades.
How will my work be assessed and my qualification awarded?
Your teachers will spend the next few weeks assessing each student, to work out grades that are a fair and accurate reflection of what they believe you would have achieved had normal teaching and assessment not stopped due to lockdown.
This process is one they will take very seriously, and these predictions will be made with integrity. Once they have made their predicted grades, these will be sent off for external moderation.
You can find more information about how your specific qualification will be assessed by using this tool.
If you have any questions, please speak to your teachers, but be advised they will not be able to discuss your grades with you as they will need to ensure the integrity of the process. These grades will be awarded on results day this summer.
BTEC Level 1–3
We have now received final guidance from Pearson.
Our teaching staff will be spending the next few weeks assessing each student, to work out the grades that are fair and an accurate reflection of what they believe you would have achieved should normal teaching and assessment not have stopped due to lockdown. This process is one they will take very seriously and these predictions will be made with integrity. Once they have made their predicted grades, these will be sent off for external moderation.
Please do not approach your tutor asking them what grades you have been awarded as they cannot discuss this.
Association of Accounting Technicians
We have now received further guidance from AAT.
Level 2 – depending upon the units you have already completed we may be able to request a calculated grade for the Foundation Synoptic Assessment (FSYA). We believe this will only benefit a small proportion of our learners, teachers will be contacting learners individually over the next few weeks to discuss how this new guidance impacts them.
Level 3/4 – AAT has announced it is working towards introducing remote invigilation (potential roll out from August) for some of its assessments where it is appropriate to do so. Teachers will be contacting learners individually over the next few weeks to discuss how this new guidance impacts them.
GCSE and A Levels
The Government has now confirmed that GCSEs and A Levels will be awarded based on estimated grades submitted by tutors, which will take into account your performance and progress over the year.
Our teaching staff will be spending the next few weeks assessing each student, to work out the grades that are fair and an accurate reflection of what they believe you deserve. This process is one they will take very seriously and these predictions will be made with integrity.
Once they have made their predicted grades, these will be sent off for external moderation, so please do not approach your tutor asking them what grade you have been awarded as they cannot discuss this.
The Government has issued letters to GCSE and A Level students, which we would encourage everyone all to read.
Please find the latest Government announcement with further details on exams and grades amidst Coronavirus outbreak for this academic year.
Access to HE Diploma: Guidance for learners around awards for summer 2020
The QAA, which is the awarding body for the Access to HE Diploma, has now published guidance for students around how it plans to calculate and award grades.
This guidance sets out what work will be included in its assessment, what other information will help to form the final grade you are awarded, as well providing answers to a list of questions QAA expects learners to have.
Stay motivated and focused
Keeping yourself motivated with your learning is going to be so important, as we are still awaiting further clarification from the Government around what assessments will look like and how grading will happen.
We are starting to get some feedback from our awarding bodies around how they see marking taking place, and we expect further guidance later this week from the Department for Education around the specifics.
However, one thing everyone is clear on, is that now is not the time to kick back and relax and assume the academic year is over. Far from it!
In fact, the work that you are doing over the next few weeks and the classes you’re engaging with online, could well be the determining factor for some of you come the summer, when grades are being handed out.
Guidance for what you might want to do next year
I am also very mindful of the fact that all this upheaval that we’ve seen over the past few weeks might also cause some anxiety for some of you about your plans for next year.
Being at college means there is always someone around to discuss your options for next year, but now we are all working and studying remotely this becomes trickier – but not impossible.
Your teachers should be discussing your options with you now, and I would encourage you all to take the time to have these conversations. For some of you, it might be thinking about how you can progress onto the next level; for others, it might be looking at apprenticeship options or what lies beyond life at college.
Besides your teachers, we have a team of expert, impartial careers advisors, who are on hand to talk through you options for next year. You can find out more about our careers advice and guidance service on the website.
Continued support and information
Besides your academic studies and thinking ahead to next year, we recognise that you may also need support with your overall wellbeing and mental health at this time.
At a time where we are all so connected through our various social media channels or apps, some of you may feel more isolated and lonely than ever.
If you feel like this, you are not alone. I would encourage you all to visit our website to find the links to the Student Support team and resources on how you can manage your wellbeing throughout this period.
I look forward to hearing more about your hard work over the coming weeks. We will come back to you with more information about how the grading will work once we have a clearer picture.
In the meantime, stay safe and keep studying!