We are committed to supporting our centres to keep learning and assessments progressing during this period and have been working closely with the regulators to develop an approach which ensures a fair and equitable solution for learners due to complete their qualifications this summer.
On 9th April 2020 the Secretary of State instructed Ofqual to develop an approach to awarding, including the development of an “extraordinary regulatory framework”. At the heart of this approach is the desire to ensure that no learners are disadvantaged and that those who are due to progress, whether within their education or into employment, are able to do so.
Following the Secretary of State’s instruction, Ofqual has worked to provide Awarding Organisations with the direction and guidance they need to ensure awarding can take place in a consistent manner across different Awarding Organisations.
As we continue to receive guidance and updates, we will update this page and be in touch with Centres to inform them of the appropriate approach for each of our affected qualifications and to advise on how awarding will take place for their learners.
Access to HE Diplomas
The QAA has confirmed that Access to HE students will receive calculated grades, and more detail on the steps Centres need to take to award their Access to HE learners is available in our on-demand webinar.
All other qualifications
Our Regulators are providing a temporary extraordinary regulatory framework that will set out how qualifications will be awarded during the summer of 2020.
The approach will involve either calculated results or adapted or delayed assessments. In due course, we will inform you about the action you will need to take with your learners, as appropriate. We will also advise you about what evidence you will need to gather and submit to calculate a grade if required.
In the meantime, please take the following two actions:
1. Claim now for completed achievements
If you have learners who have already completed qualifications/units which have been internally assessed and internally quality assured, we strongly recommend that you claim for these learners as soon as possible and secure their achievement.
If you have learners who fall into this category, please contact your External Quality Assurer who will support you to make claims during this period.
2. Watch our Webinar recorded on Wednesday 13th May
We held a webinar on Wednesday, 13th May which contained important information about the next steps you will need to take with regard to the awarding of your remaining learners this summer.
Update 14th May 2020 – Guidance for Centres published by Ofqual
Ofqual has published guidance for colleges, training providers and other providers who were planning assessments for vocational and technical (VTQs) qualifications in summer 2020. This guidance will be useful in answering many of the questions that attendees at our webinar raised.
We are currently working on further guidance for Centres to address the specific process and requirements for Centres. We will publish this as soon as we are able and are also planning to hold further webinars. Please continue to check our website, social media and email for the latest information.