2020 university admissions changes

Update for all school and university exams and admissions 2020

Last week’s Government announcements have created much confusion. Here we provide our own explanation and take on these shocking developments. Therefore find below update for all school and university exams and admissions 2020.

We cover each school year to address your children’s own needs:

  • A-Level grades
  • GCSE grades
  • University admissions
  • University exams

Currently, the plan is to award GCSE and A level students grades at the usual time.

The largest pill to swallow for pupils taking school exams this year is the use of ‘evidenced assessment’. In summary:

  • Unhappy pupils will still be able to take exams in September, or sooner if schools have reopened.
  • Any pupils still unhappy with their results can resit their exams in summer next year.

This system of “moderated assessment” was set out by the exam regulator Ofqual yesterday, two days after this year’s GCSE and A level exams were cancelled. Schools shut to most pupils yesterday afternoon.

Update for all school and university exams and admissions 2020

Different exam boards for school and university exams

Below you will find links to the different exam board websites, where updates will be provided as they become official. Some of these also provide access to past papers too.

A-Level Grades

  • This year’s A-Levels are to be graded using evidenced assessment. This means teachers will grade their own pupils. 
  • Then the plan is for A Level exam boards to combine such teacher grades with other data to calculate a final grade.
  • Results need to be ready by the end of July.

GCSE Grades

  • Like this year’s A-Levels, the Government has announced that GCSE’s will also be marked using evidenced assessment.
  • According to Ofqual, teacher grades are to include mock exam results and marks from submitted work.
Update for all school and university exams and admissions 2020

What about Universities?

Most Universities are now using online assessments. Compared to what our schools face – this is an easier proposition at degree level.

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University exams

  • University students have been sent home. 
  • No more face to face teaching will happen this term. 
  • Probably not next term either – certainly not next half-term if we choose to go on our Prime Minister’s 12-week indicator.  Students have been told that summer exams will be online. Students will not return to their universities until Autumn.

What about University Admissions?

  • In normal years, University relies on a very familiar A-Level system. 
  • Pre-coronavirus – for argument’s sake (at least in the UK) a few weeks ago, the biggest controversy was the few University announcements that unconditional places were being reduced.
  • Last week, we learned that Universities can:
  • Rely on offers already made
  • Adopt the Government’s own system (once they have one)

Hannah from Talent & Career is offering short Careers Guidance sessions, via Skype.  Aimed at those students who have missed their guidance sessions because of the schools’ closure and also to any others who now have concerns about their plans in the light of there being no summer exams.

To book in please complete a contact form on her website. Also, make sure to read Hannah’s guest blog on Career Guidance.

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