Gateway Qualifications continues to work closely with its regulators (Ofqual, QAA, Qualifications Wales) to ensure delivery and assessment can continue to take place during the 2020-21 academic year.
We are also following Public Health England guidance to protect our staff, EQAs and Moderators during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We will continue to add to this page to provide updates to our response and any actions Centres should take as the situation develops. All of our latest guidance for Centres on delivering and awarding in 2020-21 can be found on our dedicated Supporting Centres in 2020-2021 webpage.
Page Last Updated: 19th March 2021
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
Delivering, Assessing and Awarding learners during the academic year 2020-21
Our latest guidance on the new Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF), its predecessor, the Extended ERF, and the adaptations centres may wish to consider are on our dedicated Supporting Centres in 2020-2021 webpage.
Flexible delivery and assessment methods are a feature of most of our qualifications, meaning that many of the challenges Centres are facing can already be overcome within the requirements for our qualifications. Please do ensure that when adapting your delivery models you are still able to meet the requirements set out in the Centre Handbook and relevant Qualification Specifications.
In order to make awarding your learners as straight forward as possible in the event of any disruption to learning or assessment this year you might also want to consider;
- Registering learners as early as possible to ensure they are recorded on our systems.
- Selecting units as soon as you know what you will be delivering. This will allow us to plan more effectively and offer more targeted support in the event that courses cannot be completed in the usual way. Please follow our usual guidance when doing this: Registering Learners – Selecting Units at Registration and Registering Learners – Selecting Units at a Later Date.
- Claim regularly for completed qualifications or partial achievement of larger qualifications. There is no limit to the number of times you can claim, and you will not be charged any more for doing so. By “banking” achievement throughout the year, you will ease the evidence burden in the event that learning is disrupted later in the course.
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. Contact numbers and emails for each department can be found on our meet the team pages.
Details about how awarding took place during the summer of 2020 are still available on our dedicated webpage for reference only, please note that a different process is in place for the 2020-21 academic year.