A level, BTEC & GCSE Results, Support & Post Results Services
A level and BTEC results will be released to students through the College Portal at 8.00am on Thursday 13th August 2020, as will GCSE results on Thursday 20th August 2020. Second-year leavers are strongly advised to download a copy of their exam results statement and store it in a safe location at the earliest opportunity. Students will need to present their results when enrolling at university, further education college, beginning an apprenticeship or starting work so a printed copy is essential as certificates will not be despatched by exam boards until late autumn. If any leaver changes their home address between their summer exams and mid-October, please notify the College so certificates can be posted correctly. Certificates will be dispatched by Recorded Delivery in November. For those students who have left before the end of the academic year and no longer have access to the portal, arrangements are made to post results, first class, to the latest address held on the College database.
Summer 2020 Information
With the ‘Centre Assessment Grade’ we were required by Ofqual to use our professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade we believed a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year. We considered the full range of available evidence when we graded students - including non-exam assessment; the results of any homework assignments, mock exams and any other existing records of student performance over the course of study.
For all GCSE and A level subjects we sent the exam boards a centre assessment grade for each student and a rank order for each subject. To arrive at the ‘Calculated Grade’, Exam boards have standardised this information adjusting grades where needed to bring consistency to teacher judgements across all schools and colleges, and to make sure results are comparable with previous years.
On the 17th August it was confirmed by Ofquat that,because of flaws and unfairness in the standardisation methodoloy, centre assessment grades rather than calculated grades (unless the calculated grade is higher), have been awarded for every subject students would have taken this summer for GCSE, A level and EPQ qualifications.
Grades for BTEC qualifications were calculated in a similar way to GCSE and A level and currently Pearson are undertaking a review and regrading, where appropriate, RQF (Health and Social Care, Business and Film and Television) qualifications. Although QCF BTEC (Art and Design, Creative Media, Science, Music Technology, IT, Performance Studies, Sport) qualifications are part of this review, we do not envisage any change in these subjects, as no external assessments formed part of these qualifications. Please be reassured that BTEC qualification grades can only go up, and not down. We will notify students with any grade changes once Pearson have confirmed these updated results be released.
Click here for information about Ofqual Calculated Grades for Summer 2020.
Click here for the Ofqual message to parents and carers.
Click here for guidance about what to do when your results come out.
If students have specific queries about their progression or UCAS/Apprenticeship/Art Foundation/Employment applications, one to one support is available on Thursday 13th (8.30am to 3.00pm) and Friday 14th August (9.00am to 3.00pm) where staff will be available to provide guidance in LRC1. If due to travel guidance you are unable to come into College or your enquiry is after Friday 14th August, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we are able to.
Divisional Directors will be available to respond to any curriculum enquiries and provide support in LRC2 Thursday 13th August (8.30am to 3.00pm) and Friday 14th August (8.30am to 1.00pm).
Please be aware that due to health and safety, the number of students we can host in the both LRCs is limited, so please only come to College if your support need is urgent.
After Friday 14th August, any subject specific enquiries should be sent via email to the relevant subject teacher and/or Head of Department. Teaching staff will be checking their emails regularly post results, and where possible, will respond to any urgent emails in relation to curriculum enquiries. All teaching staff will be back in College from 24th August.
College Counsellors will also be available for support on Wednesday 12th August (10.00am to 12.00pm), Thursday 13th August (10.00am to 4.00pm) and Friday 14th August (10.00am to 2.00pm). Please see the College Portal for details for how to contact the counsellors.
Post Results Services
Please see below for information about Post Results Services, if you have any questions please contact email@example.com. Further advice and guidance for students published by Ofqual is available here.
Centre Assessment Grade – your centre assessment grade will be made available on the College Database Friday 14th August from 8.00am.
Arrangements for Appeals – Ofqual have published guidance on appeals for A level and GCSE results – please see below for a summary:
Students can ask their school or college to check whether it made an administrative error when submitting their centre assessment grade or position in the rank order, and if it agrees it did, to submit an appeal to the exam board. This appeal process does not relate to the professional judgements informing the assigned Centre Assessed Grade.
Schools and colleges can appeal if they believe something has gone wrong in processing their results – for example, if a centre believes it has made an error when submitting its information; or similarly, that an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade. Students cannot appeal because a mock result was higher than the grade than they were awarded. Mock grades, together with other evidence, have been taken into account in determining centre assessment grades.
With BTEC subjects, this year Pearson have stated that there are limited grounds for appeal.
Further information about appeals and the process is available here.
Autumn Exam Series (5th to 23rd October 2020) – If you are considering entering yourself for an Autumn Series Exam for a course that you have already received a Calculated Result for, this requires some serious deliberation. For the vast majority of students, pursuing or undertaking higher education, art foundation, apprenticeship and employment placements will be a more productive and beneficial course of action.
It is advised that any student who may wish to pursue this option should firstly contact their subject teacher to ascertain whether a higher grade is likely to be achieved. If it is agreed that a higher grade is likely to be achieved with independent study, the student should make their entry via the Exam Services section of the College Database. Entry for Autumn Series Examinations will be available between 12pm 26th August and 12pm 2nd September. Any student accessing an Autumn Series exam will be able to access existing subject portal resources but not lessons or teacher tuition.