Gateway Qualifications is working closely with its regulators (Ofqual, QAA, Qualifications Wales) and the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure a swift and fair resolution for the 2019-20 academic year.
We are also following Public Health England guidance to protect our staff, EQAs and Moderators in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We will add to this page to provide updates to our response and any actions Centres should take as the situation develops.
A frequently asked questions section has been added to the page to help you find the answers to the most common queries we are receiving.
Page Last Updated: 29th May 2020
Regulators web pages
QAA for Access to HE Diplomas – https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/
Ofqual for RQF qualifications – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual
Awarding Approach for 2019/20
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.
Awarding Access to Higher Education Diplomas
The DfE and QAA have announced that Access to HE students due to complete diplomas by 31st July 2020 will receive calculated grades for any remaining assessments. More information about the steps involved with awarding your learners is available in our on-demand webinar.
Awarding all other qualifications (Ofqual and Qualification Wales)
Ofqual published its decisions on the Extraordinary Regulatory Framework on 22nd May 2020, meaning we have been able to create and publish guidance that ensures learners are awarded at the end of the academic year.
Changes to Delivery
We appreciate that managing how you support your learners is going to be your priority right now. Please ensure that you are still able to meet the requirements set out in the Centre Handbook and relevant Qualification Specifications.
External Quality Assurance, Moderation and Remote Sampling
The requirements for remote sampling and any visits are the same as we would require when an EQA visits a Centre.
We are continuing with external quality assurance and moderation activity and have put in place a system to undertake this activity remotely. We have prepared this guide to help you prepare for remote sampling and visits.
Please continue to contact us in the usual manner, all staff have access to email and we recently introduced a new phone system which enables all staff to have full access to our telephone system when away from the office so all calls to our office numbers will be answered.
If you know which member of staff you need to speak to you may find it quicker to contact them on their direct dial number. These numbers can be found on our meet the team pages and in our email signatures.