You’ll appreciate that existing plans for progressing our current students to another course or level within the college, are having to be revisited due the ongoing uncertainty around how and when you will finish your current studies. The Government has made it clear that you will be supported to ensure you can complete your studies for this year and that a grade will be offered based on your work, without the need to sit an exam. We are working on ways to make sure we can carry out the progression process with you virtually, through online means. Once this is set up you’ll be invited to talk to your tutor about what you want to do next and how we can support you.
We are waiting to hear from the Government about when we can return to normal operations as a college. At the moment we are still planning enrolment to take place as normal in August and that much of your enrolment can be done remotely.
University and progression
Universities have confirmed that they expect to be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.
The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.
This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in.
More information about progress can be found on our progression and enrolment page.
There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to.
Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.
The exam boards will be asking your teachers, who know you well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe you would have received if exams had gone ahead.
To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment.
The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of your work so far and for the remainder of this year.
It is important therefore that you continue with your learning and stay in touch with your teachers.
The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.
There are also a very wide range of vocational and technical qualifications as well as other academic qualifications for which students were expecting to sit exams this summer.
These are offered by a large number of awarding organisations, and have differing assessment approaches – in many cases students will already have completed modules or non-exam assessment which could provide evidence to award a grade.
The Government is asking us to show maximum possible flexibility and pragmatism to ensure students are not disadvantaged. If you are at all concerned, please do speak with your teachers - we are receiving new information from the Government all the time so as soon as we know anything new, we’ll let you know.
University entry (UCAS)
UCAS has given prospective higher education students an extra two weeks to make a decision about their future place of study, also giving colleges more time to adjust their processes in what are highly unusual times. All students will receive an email from UCAS this week with the new May deadline.