Exam Guidance

COVID-19 Updates

Dear all students and families, 

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, and the precautions our country is taking to prevent the spread of this virus, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL), the government department that regulates all examining bodies within the UK, have made the very difficult decision that all examinations for the 2020 Summer series have been cancelled. The information that schools have been given thus far is that Ofqual will work with the Examining Bodies and teachers to provide appropriate grades for those who have had their exams cancelled this exam series. They are working to develop a fair and robust process that takes into account a broad range of evidence, including teacher assessment and prior attainment.  Ofqual and the Examining Bodies will also be establishing an appeals procedure for these grades, as well as opportunities to re-sit in the coming series’. 

Ofqual and the Department for Education are working with schools, colleges and universities to ensure that the grades awarded to students this year have equal validity to grades awarded in any other year, and that students’ offers to get into college and/or university will be accommodating of these offers, allowing students to progress as they should. 

I am sure that you will have many questions about how this will be managed, however we would appreciate your patience as we await communications from the Department for Education and the Examining Bodies. 

We will do our best over the coming weeks to keep you updated as we receive further information from Ofqual, the Department for Education and the Examining Bodies.

Kind Regards, 

Holly Walker

Examinations Officer

Cambridge Academic Partnership

Further Q&A from the Department for Education – Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

Pearson Edexcel statement for BTEC’s  – BTEC news

International Baccalaureate statement for IB Diploma Programme – https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/#examinations

 

Key Dates – 

GCSE

1st Exam Summer – 

Last Exam Summer – 

Contingency Day – *All candidates must be available up to and including the Contingency Day*

Results Day – 

 

IB

1st Exam Summer – 

Last Exam Summer –

Results Day – 

 

BTEC

1st Exam Summer – 

Last Exam Summer – 

Results Day – 

 

A Level 

1st Exam Summer –  

Last Exam Summer – 

Contingency Day – *All candidates must be available up to and including the Contingency Day*

Results Day – 

 

Exams Timetables  – 

Exams timetables will be published approximately six weeks before the exam series. 

 

Examination Boards & Specifications we use :

Parkside Y11 Exam Boards 2019/2020

PKS 6th Y13 Exam Boards 2019/2020

Coleridge Y11 Exam Boards 2019/2020

Trumpington Y11 Exam Boards 2019/2020

CAST Y11 Exam Boards 2019/2020

CAST Y13 Exam Boards 2019/2020

 

Exams Procedures

*An exams guidance booklet will be uploaded shortly* 

For GCSE & A Level – Statements of entry will be released to candidates following February half term of the certificating year.  Candidates must check their Name, Date of Birth, and Subjects are correct. This should then be signed and returned to the school. For tiered subjects, entries will be made based on previous data; should a candidate wish to change their tier, they should meet with the Head of Department. 

A general timetable will be distributed in the spring term, with individual candidate timetables distributed before the Easter holidays. 

 

On the day 

Candidates should arrive 45 minutes prior to the published examination start time and wait in the appropriate place, which will be advised prior to the exam series. 

Candidates will then be registered, and called into their designated examination rooms. Once they have entered their examination room, they must adhere to JCQ guidance. For information on behaviour in examinations, please see information for candidates – written exams.

Candidates will be informed of the rules of the examination prior to each paper, and will be asked to check that the paper they are about to sit is correct. Should they have the wrong subject or tier paper in front of them, or if they do not have the provisions to support any access arrangements, they should alert an invigilator as soon as possible. 

Once they have finished the time allowed for the paper, they will be dismissed. Once they leave the examination room, they should remain quiet and move away from any designated examination areas. Candidates are also asked not to discuss the content of the examination on social media, please see social media advice

Illness or Adverse Circumstances 

In the case of illness on the day of the examination, please ring the school before 8am, and email exams@cap.education, with your child’s FULL NAME and SCHOOL NAME as the subject.

In the case of any illness, injury, or any other event which may have a negative impact on the candidate, please inform the exams officer via email (exams@cap.education), including any evidence. We will then let you know if we are able to apply for special consideration for the candidate. For more information about special consideration please read the guide to special consideration.

Results Day Information

Each candidate’s results will be printed and must be collected from their respective school on results day, specific information regarding this will be sent out at the end of the exam series. 

If the candidate is unable to collect their results, they may nominate someone to collect results on their behalf. This nominee must be made known to the Exams Officer via a signed letter from the candidate, at the latest one month prior to results day. This includes cases in which a parent/guardian will be collecting on behalf of the candidate. Nominees must bring photographic ID so that school staff are able to identify them. 

Any results which are uncollected will be posted out the day after results day. We do not need confirmation that candidates wish to have their results posted home. 

Please Note: We are unable to send results via email or any other method. 

Post-Results Information

Once candidates have collected their results, they are able to discuss their grades more in-depth with subject teachers.

If candidates wish to gain access to their scripts, have a review of marking or any other post-results services, they must fill in the forms included in their results envelope and post it to the central Cambridge Academic Partnership exams team office:

Examinations Office

Cambridge Academic Partnership

Coleridge Community College

Radegund Road

Cambridge

CB1 3RJ

Certificate Information 

Certificates will not be available until November of the year exams are sat. Once these are received by the Exams Team, a letter will be sent to families regarding collection. 

Any certificates which are uncollected will be stored securely for 12 months from the date of issue, after which time they will be destroyed, to adhere to JCQ guidance on unclaimed certificates. 

If candidates wish to claim certificates more than 12 months after issue, they must contact the exam boards directly. For guidance on which exam boards each candidate must contact, please contact exams@cap.education.

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