Centre assessment grades used for GCSE and A/AS level results

You will be aware that on Monday 17 August, Ofqual and the Government confirmed that students in England will receive centre assessment grades for yesterday’s GCSE results and last week’s A and AS level results.

Students who received their GCSE results yesterday were informed of their grades (which are either their centre assessment grades or their calculated grades if higher) by their school or college. Students who received their A or AS level results last Thursday (13 August) will be reissued their centre assessment grades, which were provided to schools on Wednesday (19 August). If students’ calculated A/AS level grades were higher than their centre assessment grades, their calculated grades will stand.

Read the full announcement.

Frequently asked questions

We recognise that you will have a lot of questions, as will your students and their parents. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions below and you can find further information on GOV.UK.

What about students’ BTEC or other Vocational and Technical Qualification (VTQ) results?

Vocational and technical results, such as BTECs and Cambridge Technicals, were rightly assessed differently to A levels. The statistical approach used for A levels was not generally used for VTQs as results generally took into account other factors such as coursework already completed.

Those awarding organisations have decided to take more time in order to make absolutely certain no student is inadvertently worse off due to changes in how grades are assessed.

Critically, no student will see their result downgraded as a result of this review, so any results already issued will either stay the same or improve. The relevant awarding organisations have assured us that students will receive their results as soon as possible. Read Pearson’s full statement.

One of my students’ A/AS level centre assessment grade is lower than the calculated grade they got last week. What does this mean? 

Anyone who received a calculated grade higher than their centre assessment grade will not see their grade reduced.

Can a centre assessment grade be appealed?

A centre assessment grade can be appealed where there has been an administrative error. Students who have evidence of bias or discrimination can go through the normal complaints procedure at the centre or complain to the exam board, which could investigate potential malpractice. Students cannot otherwise appeal against the judgement of their school of college. Any students who are unhappy with their grades also have the opportunity to sit exams in the autumn.

Can students still use their mock exam grade if that is higher than their calculated grade or centre assessment grade?

No – the move to centre assessment grades means that the ability to appeal on the basis of a valid mock result is no longer available. Centre assessment grades were put together by schools and colleges taking into account the full range of evidence about students’ performance, including mock results, and were signed off by the Head of Centre as honestly and fairly representing the grades that students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams as planned. Appeals are only allowed against centre assessment grades where there has been an administrative error.

Will there still be an examination series in the autumn for students not happy with their results?

Yes. Students will have the opportunity to sit exams in the autumn if they were not able to receive grades this summer or are not happy with the grades they have received. Schools will get financial and practical support to run these exams in the autumn term (read more).

Read the full FAQs on GOV.UK.

Access the Exam Results Helpline

The Exam Results Helpline, delivered by the National Careers Service, is available from 12 to 28 August to provide additional support to students and their parents as they receive their exam results. Callers to the helpline will have direct access to experienced careers advisers who can advise on the different options available to them including T levels, A levels, GCSEs, BTECs, apprenticeships and other vocational options.

Support is also be available on topics such as grading, clearing, university, gap years and the autumn exam series.

Phone: 0800 100 900

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 8am to 10pm

Visit the National Careers Service website.

Thank you

Finally, we know that this has been an incredibly difficult and stressful time for many of you, and we want to again thank you for your continued hard work on behalf of your students.

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