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IMPORTANT BTEC RESULTS MESSAGE

Published 19 August 2020 - From: Pearson

Following Ofqual’s announcement that A Level and GCSE students are to receive Centre Assessment Grades, Pearson awarding organisation has reviewed the impact on BTEC students and taken on board feedback from teachers, schools and colleges. Following this review they have decided to apply Ofqual’s principles for students receiving BTECs this summer.

This means they will now be regrading all of the following BTECs - BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF), BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards, BTEC Level 2 Technicals and BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts.

Due to this change there will be slight delay in providing results to L1 & 2 learners On Thursday. All BTEC results from L1 to L3 will be re-issued by email when they become available.

Roger Taylor, Chair, OfqualStatement from Roger Taylor, Chair, Ofqual

Published 17 August 2020 - From: Ofqual

How grades for GCSE, AS, A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths will be awarded this summer.

Ofqual

We understand this has been a distressing time for students, who were awarded exam results last week for exams they never took. The pandemic has created circumstances no one could have ever imagined or wished for. We want to now take steps to remove as much stress and uncertainty for young people as possible - and to free up heads and teachers to work towards the important task of getting all schools open in two weeks.

After reflection, we have decided that the best way to do this is to award grades on the basis of what teachers submitted. The switch to centre assessment grades will apply to both AS and A levels and to the GCSE results which students will receive later this week.

There was no easy solution to the problem of awarding exam results when no exams have taken place. Ofqual was asked by the Secretary of State to develop a system for awarding calculated grades, which maintained standards and ensured that grades were awarded broadly in line with previous years. Our goal has always been to protect the trust that the public rightly has in educational qualifications.

But we recognise that while the approach we adopted attempted to achieve these goals we also appreciate that it has also caused real anguish and damaged public confidence. Expecting schools to submit appeals where grades were incorrect placed a burden on teachers when they need to be preparing for the new term and has created uncertainty and anxiety for students. For all of that, we are extremely sorry.

We have therefore decided that students be awarded their centre assessment for this summer - that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam - or the moderated grade, whichever is higher.

The path forward we now plan to implement will provide urgent clarity. We are already working with the Department for Education, universities and everyone else affected by this issue.

Roger Taylor, Chair, OfqualStatement from Mark Jones, Head of Faculty for Academic Studies, SGS College

Published 18 August 2020 - From: SGS College

We are delighted that the regulator Ofqual has now confirmed that all students will be awarded their Centre Assessed Grades (CAG) for AS, A2 and GCSEs and these will be issued later this week.

This process has created huge uncertainty, but it now seems like we have some clear guidance and processes that will allow us to support every learner onto the right study programme; many of you will still have questions about your progression, how the CAG was calculated and whether you still have a right of appeal. Our A2 students will also want to know whether their university places can still be accepted, or whether they can also appeal. Whilst we don’t yet have all of the answers, we have a team of staff in place to support each and every one of you. It is vital that as a Sixth Form we are able to celebrate your true potential and to continue to support you through what has been a deeply distressing few months.

In the next 48 hours, we will be working with Ofqual and the awarding bodies to ensure that we can answer all of your questions and in the interim, can offer dedicated support through our Sixth Form staff. In the first instance, send an e-mail to [email protected] and he will get one of the team to contact you directly; due to the volume of requests, please bear with us if there is a delay.

The message from Ofqual goes some way towards undoing the damage caused by this unfair process, but we appreciate that you may still feel aggrieved. Hopefully, we can shortly start to focus on next year and helping you to reintegrate back into college life. If you are new to the college, we are holding 2 live streaming events on Wednesday and Thursday, whereupon you can post questions directly to the team.

Facebook Live stream events

GCSE PRE-RESULTS INFORMATION EVENT - Wednesday 19th August 2pm Rewatch the Live Stream

GCSE RESULTS INFORMATION EVENT - Thursday 20th August 11.30am

On behalf of my managers and staff, thank you for the manner in which you have responded to this crisis – it is a testament to your resolve and character.

Expecting results in summer 2020?

You can rest assured that SGS has submitted your provisional (centre assessment) grades and rank order to your awarding body, in accordance with the Government's guidance.

For reasons of fairness, all awarding bodies will put provisional (centre assessment) grades through a standardisation process to ensure grading standards are consistent across all schools and colleges. So the final grades you receive will have been determined by your awarding body not SGS.

You can read the Government's guidance on calculating grades here.

GCSE, AS and A Level Final grades

Final GCSE, AS and A Level grades will be issued to you on results day(s) in August as follows:

Date
Qualification type
13/08/2020
GCE AS and A Level qualifications (including reformed AS and A levels and Extended project qualifications)
20/08/2020
GCSE qualifications

Arrangements for GCSE, AS and A Level results day(s)

SGS will email your results, to your SGS email account at 08.00am on results day. It is important that you do not travel to any of our campuses as you cannot collect your results in person (this is because of the need to maintain safe social distancing).

It is important that you keep you SGS account active and do not let your password expire (you'll need this to access your emails and view your results email).

There is guidance on SGS Teams, which explains how to set up the remote password reset facility, you can then use this system to reset your password offsite.

If you haven't set up the remote password reset facility and your password has expired, you can email us at [email protected] and we will reset your password for you.

If you have applied and are planning to go to university in 2020, your AS and A Level results will be automatically sent to UCAS and to the Universities listed on your UCAS application form on Thursday the 13th August 2020.

Final grades for other Level 2 and 3 qualifications

Final grades will be issued to you on results day(s) in August as follows:

Date
Qualification type
On or after 13/08/2020
Level 3 qualifications (including (for example) Diplomas and Extended Diploma from AIM Award, Pearson (BTEC), Cambridge, City and Guilds, CACHE, NCFE, Rock School, UAL VTCT and WJEC)
On or after 20/08/2020
Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications (including (for example) Awards and Certificates from AIM Award, Pearson (BTEC), Cambridge, City and Guilds, CACHE, NCFE, Rock School, UAL VTCT and WJEC)

Arrangements for results of other Level 2 and 3 qualification(s)

Different awarding bodies make their results available on different days and at different times. SGS will email your results, to your SGS email account as soon as we receive them. It is important that you do not travel to any of our campuses, as you cannot collect your results in person (this is because of the need to maintain safe social distancing).

It is important that you keep you SGS account active and do not let your password expire (you'll need this to access your emails and view your results email)

If you are a SGS progression learner

Your results will be sent automatically to your curriculum team. All progressing learners have been given an unconditional offer for places at SGS from September 2020, so look out for your joining instructions!

If you're planning to go to University in autumn 2020

If you have applied and are planning to go to university in 2020, your level 3 results will be automatically sent to UCAS and to the Universities listed on your UCAS application form on Thursday the 13th August 2020.

The full list of qualifications that will be automatically received by UCAS and your chosen University can be viewed here.

It is important that you check this list because your chosen University may want to see proof of all the qualifications you listed in the 'Education' section of UCAS Apply.

If your university offer is conditional upon a GCSE resit, you may need to send proof of this. You will receive your GCSE resit grades at 8:00am on Thursday 20th of August. These will be emailed to your SGS email account.

You can view the status of your university offers in UCAS Track here. On level 3 results day (August 13th) it's important that you have your UCAS Track sign in details handy because you'll need them to view that status of your offers. If you have forgotten these details you should update them here prior to August 13th.

What should you do if you haven't received your results?

Firstly, don't panic! This is a very unusual year and Coronavirus/ Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect of the normal examination process. All Universities, schools and colleges are working hard to reduce the impact upon every learner in the UK and to ensure that you are able to progress onto the next stage of your education and training.

If you're planning on going to University in the autumn of 2020 and you haven't received you're Level 3 or A Level results by 9:00 am on the 13th of August - Firstly, check UCAS Track here to see if your results have been sent to UCAS. If your results have not been received by UCAS contact us directly, by calling: 0117 909 2357 or 0117 909 2256 (Filton Campus) or by emailing [email protected]

If you're not planning on going to University in 2020 and you haven't received your Level 3 or A Level results by 9:00 am on Monday the 17th of August, then contact us directly, by calling: 0117 909 2357 (Filton Campus) or 01453 761263 (Stroud Campus) or by emailing [email protected] or [email protected].

If you expecting GCSE results, Level 1 or 2 vocational or technical qualification results and you haven't received these by 9:00 am on Thursday 20th of August, then contact us directly, by calling: 0117 909 2357 (Filton Campus) or 01453 761263 (Stroud Campus) or by emailing [email protected] or [email protected].

What happens if you don't get the results you were hoping for?

At SGS we're offering unconditional places to all full-time applicants, so the grades you receive will not prevent you from staying on at College. A full list of the courses we are offering in 2020-21 can be accessed here.

If you haven't already applied for a place at SGS in September 2020, you can book an appointment for Information, Advice and Guidance Sessions here.

If you're still concerned about your results

On results day, the awarding bodies will provide information about results and what you can do if you have a concern about a grade you have been awarded.

You can also ask us to check if the results you receive are correct and to provide you with information about the opportunity to re-take an exam in the autumn 2020 series or in summer 2021.

The fees for resitting any of your qualifications will be published on results day and the deadlines for advising us that you want to re-sit can be found here.

You cannot appeal directly to your awarding body or against your centre assessed grades and position in the rank order.

But you might be able to appeal your grades through us if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in your case.

For queries about your results, you can email us at: [email protected] or [email protected]

When will you receive your Certificates?

This depends upon your awarding body and when they send your certificates to us.

Generally, certificates are not available until much later in the year, so the only thing you'll receive on results day will be a notification of the overall grade you have been awarded (and this is what we will email to you on days identified above).

Once we receive your certificates we will send them to you at the address we have on our system. Therefore it is important that you up-date us if you change your address.

Careers Guidance

The National Careers Service have an Exam Results Helpline which can offer you advice if you didn't get the results you had hoped for. You can access this service here.

You may also access impartial advice from the SGS Careers service team by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]

What else do you need to do now?

Relax, and try to enjoy your summer break. We're looking forward to welcoming progressing learners back onto campus in September 2020 and we wish you all the very best of luck with your results and whatever you go on to do next year!