During summer 2020 we provided updates on this page to support our centres to keep learning and assessments progressing during this period. We worked closely with the regulators to develop an appropriate approach for each of our affected qualifications and to ensure a fair and equitable solution for learners due to complete their qualifications this summer
We have now returned to our usual RAC and direct Entry results submissions processes.
The information on this page is retained for reference use only.
In some limited cases, claims under the ERF can still be made. If you have any learners who cannot be awarded using our normal procedures, please contact us to find out if they are eligible and how to proceed.
Access to HE Diplomas
Access to HE students have received calculated grades in line with QAA guidance for all those due to complete by 31 July 2020. These results have been confirmed and uploaded to UCAS. The appeals process has now concluded in line with QAA timescales. Students due to complete after 31 July 2020 will be awarded under the QAA Regulatory Framework and all processes and procedures associated with this.
Students who do not feel that their estimated grades reflect their expected performance have the option to chose to sit their assessments at the earliest reasonable opportunity (when all providers are operating normally). The QAA website offers information about sitting assessments for students who received calculated grades from 20 March 2020 and were awarded a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma in July 2020.
All other qualifications (Ofqual and Qualification Wales)
Our Regulators have implemented a temporary extraordinary regulatory framework that sets out how qualifications will be awarded for learners who have assessments to complete during the summer of 2020.
The extraordinary regulatory framework approach will involve either calculated results or adapted or delayed assessments.
The ERF was put in place to ensure learners were not disadvantaged and the regulators were clear that the changes were only temporary. The ERF is in place until 31st July 2020.
Determining Calculated Results
Guidance on making decisions on “Centre Assessment Grades” (CAG) is provided for units/qualifications covered by the “calculated result” approach as outlined in Ofqual’s Extraordinary Regulatory Framework.
The calculation of results followed the three-step process illustrated below.
- Centre assessment grade / AO calculated grade – generated by the centre for each unit or qualification.
- Quality assurance by the awarding organisation of the overall calculated result.
- A check of overall qualification level outcomes and results profile, to confirm results are in line with expectations. Drawing on evidence Gateway Qualifications’ holds including historic centre and qualification data.
Minimum Evidence Threshold
The quality assurance process and the overall checks on outcomes are both important parts of the process because they ensure that for each learner, Centres had at least one piece of valid trusted evidence that demonstrates progress towards the assessment requirements of the unit/qualification.
We may determine that there is insufficient trusted evidence to safely award a result:
- where there is little or no learner evidence
- insufficient trust in the centre assessment grade
- little opportunity or evidence to quality assure the centre assessment grade
Where it is deemed there is insufficient evidence, Centres are encouraged to use the flexibility of our qualifications and on-demand assessments to provide learners with the opportunity to complete their assessment at their earliest convenience.
Our published appeals process still applies.
Learners: You should speak to your college or training provider if you think you might have reason to appeal and they can submit an appeal on your behalf.
If you have concerns about bias, discrimination or something else that suggests that your college or training provider did not behave with care or integrity when determining a centre assessment grade or providing evidence to the awarding organisation, you should normally raise these concerns with them in the first instance.
You may Ofqual’s student guide to appeals helpful if you are considering whether or not to make an appeal.
Centres: may appeal to Gateway Qualifications where it believes Gateway Qualifications has not followed due process.
Alternative Assessment Dates
All of our qualifications offer flexible assessment dates and our externally set assessment are available to book on-demand. Centres are therefore free to undertake alternative assessments at the earliest opportunity as appropriate to their learners and local situation.
Learners should speak to their college or training provider to find out when a new assessment can be undertaken.
Following on from our webinar as planned we are pleased to be able to publish our:
Please take the following steps to ensure that learners are awarded at the end of the academic year.
What you need to do
Using Ofqual’s interactive Summer 2020 Qualification Explainer Tool, search for a specific regulated qualification to find out how results will be generated for the majority of learners.
2. Collate evidence and make judgements: 1st – 21st June
Collate and assess the evidence available during this 3-week window to support judgements for a results claim. For each learner, you should consider at least one piece of valid evidence that demonstrates progress towards the assessment requirements of the component/unit. See from page 10 of the Supporting Guidance or our Awarding Qualifications – Next Steps webinar slides for help on the steps of evidence.
Centres will also need to follow an internal quality assurance process (including standardisation) prior to submitting.
Download our Tutor/Assessor Checklist to help you get started.
3. Complete Centre Declaration: Prior to claims being submitted
Submit a Centre Declaration Form entry to us at Gateway Qualifications.
4. Submit results by 3rd July
We have been mindful in keeping the claiming process as close to normal as possible, to reduce the burden on our centres, whether you claim results by RAC or Direct Entry. Step-by-step details on how to submit results and evidence to us can be found in our Claiming Results Guidance.
5. Respond to queries/requests for samples
We will conduct quality assurance checks and may contact you for further information and/or samples.
We will continue to update this Awarding Page, so please check our website, social media and email regularly for the latest information.
Ofqual has also published guidance for Centres: