Examinations and Assessments

Examinations and Assessments in 2020 and beyond 

Latest news - May 2021

The Government has said that many exams and assessments cannot be held fairly this year as a result of the disruption students have faced due to the pandemic. Your teachers will instead submit grades to the exam boards, based on their assessment of what you have shown you know and can do, enabling you to progress to the next stage of your education, training, or employment. See below for an overview of the arrangements in place for awarding grades in summer 2021 at the College.

For further information students should speak to their teachers.

Please also see the OFQUAL guide for students Student guide to awarding: summer 2021

AS and A levels 

How GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2021: a summary

 How your grade will be determined

  • Graded by teacher judgement, with teacher judgments undergoing quality checks and signed off by managers before being submitted to the exam board
  • Not graded by an algorithm
  • College assessments can continue - your teacher will let you know the timings of any assessments
  • You’ll only be assessed on what you’ve been taught
  • Your teacher will tell you the evidence they will use to determine your grade
  • You will not be told what grade has been submitted for you


  • A range of evidence can be used, such as mocks, tests and work you have already done  
  • Non-exam assessment (often known as coursework) will continue
  • Non-exam assessment can be used as evidence
  • The college can use questions provided by exam boards if it chooses to do so 
  • The College must follow guidance when determining your grades and the exam boards will check we have done so

Results days

AS and A level: 10 August

GCSE: 12 August



How vocational and technical qualifications will be awarded in summer 2021: a summary

Qualifications most similar to GCSEs and A levels used for progression to further or higher education. For example, BTECs or UAL qualifications which do not assess occupational skills.

Your results will be: 

  • Determined by teacher judgement based on evidence of your performance, such as course work and any tasks or exams completed
  • Issued no later than for GCSEs and A levels


For example, Functional Skills and ESOL Skills for Life, which do not assess occupational skills

  • Assessments will continue to go ahead for these qualifications.
  • If you cannot safely access an assessment your result can be based on teacher judgement – in this case your results will be determined by teacher judgement, based on evidence of your performance, such as course work and any tasks or exams completed and issued in the usual timescales


For example, construction, plumbing and electrical qualifications.

  • Assessments: will continue as normal where possible
  • Will be adapted if needed 
  • May be delayed if it cannot be safely carried out
  • Your results will be issued in the usual timescales once you have taken your assessment.