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GCSE, AS and A level exams to be offered in additional 2020 Autumn exam series

GCSE, AS and A level exams to be offered in additional 2020 Autumn exam series

The government body that oversees educational qualifications, Ofqual has said that exam boards must make exams available in all GCSE, AS and A level subjects in an additional autumn series this year.

GCSEs, AS and A level exams have been cancelled this summer due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Most students will be awarded calculated grades and will be able to appeal through their school or college if they dispute the process used to create their results. Centres will also be able to appeal if they believe there has been a systemic problem in relation to results.

Today, Ofqual has confirmed that any students who would like to improve their grades or are unable to receive a calculated result will have an opportunity to take exams in the Autumn. 

The announcement follows a consultation on an additional exam series in Autumn 2020 which concluded earlier this month after receiving 3,485 responses. 

In the consultation, 81% of respondents said they either 'Agree' or 'Strongly Agree' that Ofqual should require exams boards to offer exams for all of the GCSE, AS and A level qualifications this autumn they had intended to offer in the summer.

Under usual rules, the majority of GCSE and A level exams would take place in May and June. In a statement on their website regarding the Autumn exam series, Ofqual said;

"Exam boards must base results on students' performance in exams alone and not on any non-exam assessment, with the exception of art and design qualifications.

"Exam boards must issue replacement certificates for the summer results if students request this.

"The exam boards must adopt the normal arrangements for reviews of marking and appeals."

Students currently in Year 11 and Year 13 are set to receive results this summer based off calculated grades. These results will allow many students to progress to further education or training, higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

Students who are unhappy with their results will be able to take place in the Autumn exam series. In a document detailing their decision to hold an extra exam series, Ofqual said: "we have decided to adopt our proposal to limit entry to the exams to students who had entered for the summer exams and to students who the exam board believes had intended to enter for those exams."

Those students who would usually be eligible to take GCSEs in the subjects of English Language and Mathematics in November will also be able to do so.

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