How will the College determine student grades?
Tutors will determine grades based only on evidence that corresponds with the standard at which the student is performing, i.e. the knowledge, understanding and skills they can demonstrate across the content of the course they have been taught. Ofqual and the Awarding Organisations require tutors to record how the evidence was used to arrive at a fair and objective grade, which is free from bias. Tutors will produce an Assessment Record (TAG) for each subject qualification and this will be checked and validated by the Head of Centre.
The tutor will make judgements based on what each student has been taught and what they have been assessed on, as outlined in the section on grading in the JCQ guidance
for students, parents and carers. Your grade will be based on a combination of some or all of the following evidence:
- Qfqual guidance and guidance provided by the relevant awarding organisations.
- Assessment work used to determine TAGs (this documentation will be retained and made available for the purposes of external quality checks and appeals).
- Student work produced in response to assessment materials provided by the awarding organisation(s), which will include groups of questions, past papers or similar materials such as practice or sample papers
- Non-exam assessment work (often referred to as coursework), which may be used even if this has not been fully completed.
- Student work produced in centre-devised tasks which reflect the specification follows the same format as awarding organisation materials and has been marked in a way that reflects awarding organisation mark schemes.
- Substantial class or homework may be used, as appropriate (including work that took place during remote learning).
- Internal tests taken by students.
- Mock exams taken over the course of study.
- Records of a student’s capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects such as music and Sport Tutors
- Any Exam Access Arrangements you would have received had your exams taken place. (If these weren't in place this will be considered in the grading process and will be recorded).
** The above is general information but each course may differ, therefore the Course Coordinator will provide each student with a specific list of the assessments that will be used within their course (This will be provided electronically on Google Classroom).
Where students have been disadvantaged due to Covid 19 will tutors consider any additional assessments to give students full opportunity to achieve?
Tutors may use additional assessment materials to give students the opportunity to show what they know, understand or can do in an area of content that has been taught but not yet assessed. They may also use additional assessment materials to give students an opportunity to show improvement, for example, to validate or replace an existing piece of evidence. They will combine and/or remove elements of questions where, for example, a multi-part question includes a part that focuses on an element of the specification that hasn’t been taught. Finally, they will consider the depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills assessed within individual assessments.
Will tutors let students know what grades they can expect?
Whilst tutors are able to discuss individual pieces of work and how well students may have done, they are NOT allowed to give any indication of the student's final grade. This is because the awarding organisation will go through a standardisation and verification process and may amend the student work up or down accordingly. Please do not ask tutors to discuss this, as they are not able to predict the outcome.
When can students expect their results?
Results will be provided by the Awarding organisations after they have completed their verification of the work and associated grades. The results are expected on 10th August for L3/AS and 12th August L2/GCSE. The results will be emailed to your College account from 8:00am on these dates, so please keep your College account details to hand.
Can I appeal if not happy with my results?
Although everyone will be working hard to make sure you are issued with the correct grades on results day, there will also be an appeals system as a safety net to fix any genuine errors that were not identified earlier on. If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you will have a right to appeal.
There are two stages to the appeals process:
Stage 1: centre review
If you don’t think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can appeal to the College, who will review whether they:
- made an administrative error, e.g. they submitted an incorrect grade; they used an incorrect assessment mark when determining your grade.
Stage 2: appeal to the exam board
- did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. they did not follow their Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
If you still don’t think you have the correct grade after the centre review is complete, you can ask the College to appeal to the exam board, who will review whether:
- the College made an unreasonable academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which they determined your grade.
- the College incorrectly determined your grade from that evidence. (A reasonable judgement is one that is supported by evidence. A judgement is not unreasonable simply because a student considers that an alternative grade should have been awarded).
- the College did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. they did not follow their Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
- The exam board made an administrative error, e.g. they changed your grade during the processing of grades.
At both stages of the process you will need to submit your appeal to the College and give them your written consent to conduct the appeal or submit it to the exam board on your behalf. It’s important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.
If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the university you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer. You should also tell the College so they can ask the exam board to prioritise your appeal. The timelines for priority and non-priority appeals will be as follows:
- 10 August to 7 September: priority appeals window
- 10 August to 16 August: student requests centre review
- 10 August to 20 August: centre conducts centre review
- 11 August to 23 August: centre submits appeal to exam board
- 10 August to end October: majority of non-priority appeals take place
- 10 August to 3 September: student requests centre review
- 10 August to 10 September: centre conducts centre review
- 1 August to 17 September: centre submits appeal to exam board
Finally, we ask all students to complete a confirmation form, to show they have been made aware and understand the relevant guidance for awarding grades in summer 2021. This will be shared with students when their tutors have gone through the specific process for their qualification (s)
Thank you to all our students for the hard work and resilience you have shown in these difficult times and we wish you all the best with your well-deserved qualification award.