Awarding Grades In 2020

Students who were due to sit GCSE exams this summer will receive a calculated grade.


For each student, schools and colleges have provided a ‘centre assessment grade’ for each subject – the grade they would be most likely to have achieved had exams gone ahead – taking into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results.


A and AS level results will be published on 13 August and GCSE results on 20 August, as originally planned. This will enable progression to higher and further education to take place in the normal way. It will also allow students time to decide whether they wish to sit exams in the autumn, and to prepare for those exams if necessary.

Results days for other qualifications are set by individual awarding organisations. Results for vocational and technical qualifications used for progression to further or higher education will be available on the same days as A level and GCSE results. Students who are taking such qualifications should check the planned results day with their school or college.


To make sure that grades are fair between schools and colleges, exam boards are putting all centre assessment grades through a process of standardisation using a model developed with Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator. Further information is in the guidance from Ofqual on awarding GCSE, AS and A levels.


Ofqual has developed a fair and robust process that takes into account a broad range of evidence, including assessments by schools and colleges of the grades that students would have been likely to obtain if exams went ahead and their prior attainment. Ofqual’s overriding aim is to make sure arrangements this summer are as fair as possible for all students.

Ofqual ran a consultation from 15 to 29 April seeking views on aspects of their proposed arrangements for awarding GCSEs, AS and A levels, including an equality impact assessment informed by a review of the research literature on bias in teacher assessments.


Ofqual and the exam boards are working to ensure that candidates are awarded a fair grade that recognises the work they have put in.
If an A level, AS level or GCSE student does not believe the correct process has been followed in their case, they will have access to a right of appeal on that basis.

Ofqual has consulted on the arrangements for these appeals and announced its decisions on 22 May. Schools and colleges can only appeal, on students’ behalf, against the process or the use of data, not against teachers’ use of their professional judgement.

In addition, if a student does not feel their grade reflects their ability, they will have the opportunity to take an exam in the autumn.


We will add further updates and guidance for students to this page as we receive them from Ofqual – Gov.UK.


If you have any questions regarding Grades Awarded, please reach out and contact us.

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