Summer 2020 Qualification Explainer Tool




This tool shows what's happening with your vocational, technical, and other general qualifications that were scheduled to be taken in summer 2020


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Most exams and assessments this summer have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Ofqual has been working with awarding organisations to ensure that as many learners as possible are able to receive a grade this summer and progress with their plans to either continue their education or go into the workplace.

This tool covers qualifications regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively). Results for learners taking these qualifications in Scotland will be generated in the same way.

If you are a learner not in the UK, you will need to check with your awarding organisation the approach being taken for your qualification.

The information about each qualification given in this tool has been provided by the awarding organisation. If you believe it to be incorrect please contact the relevant awarding organisation.

Please note that all GCSE, AS, A level and Project qualifications will be graded using calculated results this summer.

For further information about this tool, please click on the Questions and Answers tab above.


This tool is updated when awarding organisations send new information. The tool was last updated on 3 June 2020.







If you have any queries about this interactive tool, please contact public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk. For qualifications relating to Wales or Northern Ireland, please contact enquiries@qualificationswales.org or ccearegulation@ccea.org.uk.

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What does this tool show?

This tool shows what is happening in the coming weeks and months for qualifications that were scheduled to be taken in summer 2020.

It covers qualifications regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively).

You can select your qualification and find out the arrangements being put in place to assess the qualification, or to issue a calculated result.

If you are a learner taking these qualifications in Scotland, your result will be generated in the same way as qualifications taken in England.

If you are a learner not in the UK, you will need to check with your awarding organisation the approach being taken for your qualification.


Why are these arrangements being put in place?

Exams and assessments this summer (2020) have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ofqual has been working with awarding organisations to ensure that as many learners as possible are able to receive a grade this summer and progress with their plans to either continue their education or go into the workplace when schools, colleges and employers open up as restrictions are lifted.

Qualifications that are important for progression have been categorised as 'in scope' for new and exceptional arrangements that will allow awarding organisations to award fair and valid results to as many learners as possible.

These results will be recognised by universities, colleges and sixth forms, training providers and employers.


How will learners get results this summer?

For qualifications that are used for progression to further or higher education, most learners will receive a calculated result.

To do this, awarding organisations will consider what evidence is available to them and develop the most appropriate approach for each qualification. Teachers may be asked to make an evidence-based, professional judgement of the grade each learner would have been most likely to receive if they had been able to sit an assessment or complete their qualification and/or provide other information such as a rank order of learners. Awarding organisations may also use results they already hold for the learner to help generate a calculated result.

For other qualifications, where a calculated result is not appropriate, there may be some changes to assessments. For example, where it is safe and possible to do so, some assessments may take place on-line instead of in the classroom. We call this adaptation or an adapted assessment.

For some qualifications, no changes are needed despite the COVID-19 restrictions and assessments will continue as normal. For others, awarding organisations did not expect any learners to want or need to sit assessments this summer.

For some qualifications, the only option is to delay the assessment, for example where there is no way of validly calculating a result, or adapting the assessment in a way that does not undermine confidence in the qualifications. In these circumstances, it may not be appropriate to issue results at all this summer. Learners taking these qualifications will have to wait to sit assessments at the next available opportunity.


How do I find my qualification?

Please search for your qualification in the qualifications box. You can do this by using a keyword (e.g. 'English' or 'First Aid'). The search will return all qualifications having that keyword in the qualification title. You can also search for your qualification using the Qualification Number (e.g. 500/7337/0). Please scroll up or down and select your qualification from the list.

You can also narrow down the list of qualifications by first selecting the awarding organisation offering your qualification and/or qualification level.

Please note that you can enter or remove text in all the three fields (qualification, awarding organisation and qualification level).

We have included all qualifications in this tool, not only those which are in scope. This is because some learners may be taking some qualifications which are in scope and some which are out of scope.


Why does my qualification appear more than once?

Sometimes different qualifications offered by the same awarding organisation have the same title. The Qualification Number given alongside the qualification title should help you identify your qualification.

It is important to make sure that you are looking at the right qualification because awarding organisations may have different approaches to assessment even if the qualification title is the same. If needed, please contact your school or college to find out your qualification number.


What if I am unable to find my qualification?

Please check that you have correctly spelled the keyword that you are using.

If you are able to select the name of the awarding organisation and/or qualification level before searching for your qualification, it should narrow down the list of qualifications to select.

If these steps do not help and you are unable to find your qualification please contact your school, college or training provider.


What is the source of this information?

Ofqual collected information on how qualifications will be assessed due to COVID-19 restrictions in England from relevant awarding organisations.

Data related to qualifications taken only in Wales or Northern Ireland were provided to Ofqual by Qualification Wales and CCEA Regulation respectively.


This tool says my results will be calculated but I have been told that I will have to sit an adapted assessment. Which is correct?

This tool shows the main way in which results will be arrived at for the vast majority of learners taking your qualification. There will be some circumstances where not all learners, or not all schools, colleges or training providers, are able to follow this approach - perhaps because there is not enough evidence on which to base a calculated result, or because an adapted assessment is not available everywhere the assessment is taken.


I have a question about my qualification. Whom do I contact?

Please contact your school, college or training provider in the first instance with any queries about your qualification.

For questions about this interactive tool, please contact Ofqual at public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk.

For qualifications relating to Wales or Northern Ireland, please contact enquiries@qualificationswales.org or ccearegulation@ccea.org.uk.


If you have any queries, please contact public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk.

If you have any queries about this interactive tool, please contact public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk. For qualifications relating to Wales or Northern Ireland, please contact enquiries@qualificationswales.org or ccearegulation@ccea.org.uk.

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