Getting ready for results summer 2019: A level Politics

Wed Jul 03 23:00:00 UTC 2019

This update reminds you how to access some documents and services that you may need during the summer 2019 A level results period.

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AS and A level results day for summer 2019 series: 15 August 2019

Date

Summer 2019 exam materials (available with Edexcel Online login)

2 July

Question papers

23 July

Mark schemes

AS and A level results day: Thursday 15 August

Free access to scripts (with candidate consent)
Examiners' reports available on ResultsPlus
Grade boundaries

28 August

Examiners' reports on the qualification web pages

Free access to scripts service

From 15 August 2019 until 13 December 2019, you will be able to view and download scripts which have been marked online free of charge from our self-service portal. Find out more in this user guide:

Access Scripts self-service portal

The portal can only be accessed by Edexcel Online users who have the 'Exam Viewer' profile ticked on Edexcel Online. Your exams officer gives teachers access to 'Exam Viewer'.

Please note that these scripts do not contain examiners' annotations.

If scripts have been marked 'traditionally' (i.e. not online), you will need to request them, free of charge, by 13 December 2019, via the Post Results section of Edexcel Online as in previous exam series.

Candidate consent 

Candidate consent is required before requesting script copies, as per section 6.2.1 of the JCQ's Post-Results Services guide. Candidate consent can only be obtained after results have been published.

Examiners' reports

You can also download the examiners' reports for each examined unit from ResultsPlus on results day:

1. Go to qualifications.pearson.com/resultsplus and sign in using your Edexcel Online username and password. If you've forgotten your password you can generate a reminder from Edexcel Online.

2. Once you are logged in under your centre, select 'ResultsPlus Analysis'.

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3. Then select 'Whole cohort results' followed by 'Cohort paper analysis'.

Select whole cohort results followed by cohort paper analysis

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4. Select 'GCE' and 'June 2019', followed by the relevant subject and 'View paper analysis'. Select 'Exam docs' to find the Examiners' report for that component.

Reviews of marking

If you're not happy with your students' results this summer, you should take the following steps:

  • View the grade boundaries, question papers, mark schemes and examiner reports of the paper/qualification concerned.
  • View your students’ scripts using the free access to scripts service.
  • Log in to ResultsPlus to see how your students have performed on every question and compare their performance to the national average. 
  • If you're still unhappy with your students' results, you may apply for a review of marking via our post-results services. 

Find out everything you need to know about results day and post-results services

Post-results services deadlines

The summer 2019 post-results services deadlines are listed below and are also available on our support pages.

AS and A level post-results services are available from Thursday 15 August 2019.

Service

Deadline

Priority review of marking

22 August

Access to scripts (copy)

13 December

Review of marking, service 1 (clerical check)

19 September

Review of marking, service 2

19 September

How to apply for post-results services

Please speak to your exams officer if you wish to proceed with a review of marking. Exams officers should contact their Centre Account Specialist on 0344 463 2535 if they require guidance or view the video tutorial below. All applications for reviews of marking must be submitted through Edexcel Online.

Why are reviews of marking results sometimes received very quickly?

Senior examiners who carry out reviews of marking are re-trained prior to commencing reviews. As soon as you submit a request for a review of marking on Edexcel Online, the script is sent to the allocated senior examiner electronically. If they are sitting at their desk, they could receive the script and start reviewing it within minutes of your request.

Read full details on our accurate marking process

Appeals

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of a review of marking, you may wish to appeal against the decision. We will allow the head of centre (or designated member of the centre’s senior management team or examinations manager) 14 calendar days from the receipt of the outcome of the review of marking, during which an appeal may be lodged by writing to the following address:

Edexcel Appeals Office
One90 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7BH

or by email to edexcelappeals@pearson.com

We cannot accept appeals directly from candidates, their parents or other third parties acting on their behalf. However, private candidates may appeal directly without the support of the entering centre.

Understanding new linear grade boundaries

This summer will be the first award of the new linear A level Politics specification. 

The new specification is designed to be linear which means that, after years of UMS marks, you now need to get used to a new way of reporting grade boundaries.

Students will not be given grades for each paper they sit and there will no longer be UMS (uniform mark scale) awarded for each paper. The grades only officially exist at subject level, so students that sit the new examinations this summer will simply receive an overall grade for the qualification.

For the new AS specification, students' marks across paper 1 and 2 will simply be added together to give a subject mark out of 120 (60+60). The overall subject level grade boundaries will therefore be marks out of 120.

For the new A level specification, students' marks across papers 1, 2 and 3 will simply be added together to give a subject mark out of 252 (84+84+84). The overall subject level grade boundaries will therefore be marks out of 252.

On results day, we will publish the official grade boundaries at subject level on the grade boundaries page.

We will also publish notional component boundaries at paper level for all papers to help you to mark and grade mocks in future series. These will be displayed in the notional grade boundaries document. They will not be displayed on official/formal results documentation. Notional component boundaries (paper level) will be marks out of 60 for AS and 84 for A level.

We wish you and your students a well-deserved break over the summer, and the best of luck on results day. 

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