Summer and Autumn 2020 Qualification Explainer Tool




This tool shows what happened with your vocational, technical, and other general qualifications in summer 2020, and when the next assessment opportunities will be for those qualifications


Most exams and assessments in summer 2020 were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Ofqual worked with awarding organisations to ensure that as many learners as possible were able to receive a grade during the 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 this tool does not include GCSE, AS, A level and Extended Project qualifications as all of these qualifications were awarded in summer 2020 using calculated results and the next assessment opportunity will be in autumn 2020.

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 07 August 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.

If you need an accessible version of this information to meet specific accessibility requirements, please email publications@ofqual.gov.uk with details of your request.

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What does this tool show?

This tool shows what happened in to qualifications that were scheduled to be taken in summer 2020. It also shows what the next assessment opportunities will be for those qualifications.

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

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 were these arrangements put in place?

Exams and assessments this summer (2020) were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ofqual has worked with awarding organisations to ensure that as many learners as possible were able to receive a grade during the 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 were categorised as 'in scope' for new and exceptional arrangements that allowed 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 did learners get results this summer?

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

To do this, awarding organisations considered the evidence available to them and developed the most appropriate approach for each qualification. Some teachers were 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 have also used results they already held for the learner to help generate a calculated result.

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

For some qualifications, no changes were needed despite the COVID-19 restrictions and assessments continued 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 was to delay he assessment, for example where there was no way of validly calculating a result, or adapting the assessment in a way that did not undermine confidence in the qualifications. In these circumstances, it was not appropriate to issue results at all this summer. Learners taking these qualifications 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 were assessed due to COVID-19 restrictions in England from relevant awarding organisations. Later, Ofqual also collected information on when the next assessment opportunities in England will be for a selection of qualifications (Performance Table qualifications, Applied Generals, Functional Skills and Other General qualifications).

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 were calculated but I had to sit an adapted assessment. Why is this?

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

If you need an accessible version of this information to meet specific accessibility requirements, please email publications@ofqual.gov.uk with details of your request.

Return to the Ofqual Analytics home page.