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The past few weeks have been additionally and particularly unsettling for our students since the announcement that exams were to be cancelled this summer.

We have now received an update from GOV.UK re the awarding of grades for GCSEs, AS and A level courses in summer 2020.

If you are a current student at Weymouth College, your tutor will be in contact to confirm details of the proposed system for awarding grades this summer and outline how the college have been advised the process will work.

In the current circumstances it is vitally important that students keep working on their subjects to ensure the very best progression opportunities.

It is not clear at present if some universities may put in place additional entrance tests but the Weymouth College staff will work with all our students to fully complete their learning and ensure that they complete their required course so they are well prepared.

We are still awaiting guidance on the arrangements for vocational and technical qualifications and will contact our students as soon as we have details.

We have put together below a quick resume of the guidance we received on 3 April:

How will grades be calculated?

The college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what we know about your work and achievements:

· the grade we believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned

· within each subject, the order of students in that subject by performance, for each grade.

This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges.

The college will consider a range of things including

· your work completed in class and homework;

· your results in assignments and any mock exams;

· any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done;

· your general progress during your course.

This information will allow the exam boards to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others.

That means the final grade you get may be different from the one the college sends to the exam board.

Do I need to complete any new work to be considered for a grade?

The college is not required to set additional mock exams or homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after the college was closed. However as previously stated, the college is committed to supporting progression of our students and therefore will complete delivery of subjects.

Can I see the grades the college submits for me?

No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your lecturers or tutors, or anyone else at the college, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.

I am a private candidate – what does this mean for me?

We are waiting for advice on those candidates who do not study at the college and who need results this summer to progress.

Candidates may need to take exams in the autumn to get their grades. We appreciate that this is a matter of real concern to private candidates and will provide an update as soon as the guidance is made available.

As a Further Education college we will consider a range of evidence and information from private candidates who do not receive a grade when considering them for a course at the college in September 2020. We will aim to allow them to progress wherever possible.

When will I get my results?

We have been advised that results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August.

Can I take my exams another time?

Exam boards are working to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in the coming weeks when we receive confirmation.

Please be reassured that we have been advised that the grades you get this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward positively with your future.

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