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Arrangements for the certification of Vocational Qualifications

FAO - Pupils and students in year 11 and 13 taking vocational qualifications

OFQUAL have now announced their plans for the grading of vocational qualifications primarily used for progression to higher and further education, and taken alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS or A Levels. This includes BTEC and CTEC courses.

Awarding bodies will use calculated grades and available data, which is the same as for A levels and GCSEs to give pupils and students their final results this summer.  The grades will be partly based on teacher of what grade they would most likely have achieved if they had been able to complete their assessments this summer.

Exam board will use the teacher prediction, along with other information available to them, such as results from completed units and other national and school data, to determine a final grade, which should accurately reflect the grade that pupils and students would have achieved if they had been able to complete their qualification.

Our monitoring and tracking of pupils and students on vocational qualifications is robust, and I am confident that we will be able to provide accurate predictions to the exam boards.  All predicted grades submitted to the exam boards will be carefully reviewed by the school and ultimately signed off by Mr Mathew as Head of Centre. Pupils and students who do not feel their result reflects their ability will be able to complete an assessment at the next available opportunity, which will probably be January.

In the meantime, exam boards have advised us that pupils and students in Years 11 and 13 do not need to complete any more assignments.  I apologise if pupils and students have been working on assignments which will not contribute to the final grade.  We could not be in a position whereby we were asked for work which was not complete.  It has taken longer for OFQUAL to announce the assessment arrangements for these courses because of the complexity of the qualifications and the fact they are delivered by more organisations than GCSE and A level, it is not a sign that these qualifications are considered a lower priority.

I thank you for your ongoing support and I wish you all a health and Holy Easter.

Best wishes,

Mr C Tucker