Examination boards will solely be required to supply AS-level exams in 5 topics throughout this yr’s autumn examination sequence, Ofqual has confirmed.
The exams regulator has set out its closing plans for an autumn sequence for pupils who aren’t pleased with their instructor evaluation grades, following a session.
Autumn exams might be open to any pupil receiving a instructor evaluation grade this yr, or those that an examination board “fairly believes would have entered for the exams in summer season 2021 had they taken place”.
Boards may also be anticipated to offer the “good thing about any doubt” to personal candidates, to handle “issues that they may not be capable of present proof of their intention to take exams in the summertime had they taken place”.
Ofqual would require boards to supply all exams in all GCSE and A-level topics, however will solely have to supply AS exams in biology, chemistry, additional maths, maths and physics.
These had been the one topics wherein autumn exams had been taken by greater than 100 college students final yr, Ofqual mentioned.
Every examination board “can resolve whether or not to supply exams within the different AS topics if it needs to take action”.
Ofqual may also permit, “however not require” boards to supply GCSE English language and maths exams in January 2022 “for college kids who had been eligible to enter the autumn exams in these topics however didn’t accomplish that”.
Response confirms preparations for autumn examination sequence
The session response additionally confirms different proposals set out earlier this yr. AS and A-level exams might be held in October and GCSEs in November and December, barely later than they had been final yr.
Exams might be of their typical format with no variations, although “cheap changes” will nonetheless be made for disabled college students. Grades might be based mostly solely on examination efficiency, aside from for artwork and design topics.
Following the exams, pupils will be capable of request substitute certificates exhibiting the upper of an autumn 2021 or summer season 2021 grade.
Nevertheless, examination boards is not going to be required to concern substitute certificates to college students who acquired a grade in summer season 2020 and who obtain the next grade on this autumn’s examination sequence.
The choice to proceed with this proposal comes regardless of 58 per cent of non-exam board respondents to the session stating that they disagreed with it. Solely 25 per cent agreed.
In its response, Ofqual argued that had exams taken place this summer season, college students with a grade from 2020 however who took exams this yr “wouldn’t have been capable of obtain a substitute certificates to indicate the higher of the summer season 2020 and the summer season 2021 grade”.