Results day and post-results services

Fri Aug 08 14:23:00 UTC 2014

There are a number of things you can do if you're not happy with your students' results this summer.

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Enquiries About Results

  • Firstly, log in to ResultsPlus for an instant and detailed analysis of your students' exam performance. See how they have performed on every question and compare their performance to the national average.
  • You can download a copy of the relevant Principal Examiner's Report from ResultsPlus on results day. The summer 2014 question papers and mark schemes are already available to download from the relevant qualification pages. GCE examiners' reports will be uploaded onto the qualification page on 19 August 2014 and GCSE examiners' reports will be uploaded on 26 August 2014. Find out how to download Principal Examiner's Reports from ResultsPlus here.
  • If, after having checked ResultsPlus and the relevant mark schemes and examiners' reports, you're still unhappy with your students' results, you may apply for a review of marking via our post-results services. You can find everything you need to know about Results Day and post-results services here.
  • Please remember that the last date for Edexcel to receive applications for EAR review of marking services is 20 September 2014. The deadline for requesting a Priority Service 2 review of marking (GCE only where a student's place in further/higher education depends on the outcome) is 22 August 2014. The deadline for requesting access to scripts to support teaching and learning is 4 October 2014.

A reminder of the key post-results deadlines can be found below:

Here's an overview of the services available to you: 

And here's a summary of the fees charged for these services: 

Services GCSE GCE
Service 1 - clerical check £10.30 £10.30
Service 2P - priority post-results review of marking N/A £41.20
Service 2 - post-results review of marking £23.20 £36.00
Service 3 - review of moderation of internally assessed coursework £154.50 minimum (up to five candidates) and £15.50 for each additional candidate £154.50 minimum (up to five candidates) and £15.50 for each additional candidate
Access to script - original script £7.75 £7.75
Access to script - copy N/A £10.30

Fees will not be charged:

  • where the EAR leads to a change in the overall subject grade for the student
  • if, for Service 3, centre marks are reinstated.

Concerns about an entire class

Significant under-marking on a paper does not happen often, but if an issue is identified, we will always seek to address it via an 'extended review of marking'.

Where we're satisfied that an EAR has revealed a demonstrable trend of significant under-marking of a centre cohort, we will seek to address the issue via an 'extended review of marking'. 'Significant under-marking' is generally defined as a change of more than 5 per cent of the total raw mark for the paper (not the uniform mark).

If you have concerns about an entire class you will need to submit a representative sample of about 10 per cent of your centre's total cohort (a minimum of 8 candidates) for a review of marking through the EAR process. Very large centres need not submit more than 20 requests. At least half the sample would need to see mark changes of more than 5 per cent of the total raw mark (not the uniform mark) for the paper for an extension to be agreed.

Where we initiate an extended review of marking, you won't be charged a fee.

How to apply for post-results services

Please speak to your examinations officer if you wish to proceed with an Enquiry About Results. Examinations officers should contact their Centre Account Specialist on 0844 463 2535 if they require further information or guidance on EAR services. All applications for Enquiries About Results must be submitted through Edexcel Online. If you can't submit your request via Edexcel Online, please contact your Centre Account Specialist on the above number. Examinations officers can view a video demonstration of how to apply for post-results services on Edexcel Online here.

Post-results review of moderation of internally assessed/externally moderated coursework or controlled assessment

This service is not available to individual candidates and the outcome will affect the whole cohort. The service is not available if the original centre marks were accepted. The original sample must be sent to us within 3 days of the request. Work must be kept in secure conditions and not returned to candidates.

Teachers are strongly advised to download their individual centre's E9 Moderator Report from Edexcel Online, as well as their Principal Examiner's Report for the relevant internally assessed component, before proceeding with this service. Find out how to download your centre's moderator reports here.

Appeals

Your centre may wish to appeal against the decision following the outcome of an EAR if you remain dissatisfied. An appeal must be sent in writing within 14 days of receiving the outcome of the EAR. Please send your appeal to the following address:

Edexcel Appeals Office
190 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7BH

Appeals cannot be accepted directly from candidates, their parents or third parties acting on their behalf.

See more information about post-results services here.

UMS guidance

Do you need help understanding UMS marks?

From Results Day, you'll be able to download our mark converter tool to convert UMS marks to raw marks and vice versa.

We anticipate that the mark converter tool will be useful to teachers and students for converting:

  1. UMS marks to raw marks on Results Day
  2. teacher-awarded raw marks to UMS marks when teachers are marking mock exams using past papers
  3. self-awarded raw marks to UMS marks when students are revising for future exams using past papers.

Download the converter tool

What are UMS marks and why do we use them?

Grade boundaries are set using raw marks (the actual paper marks).

Raw mark boundaries change from series to series since exam papers can perform differently from year to year, depending on the tasks set. We're also required to review coursework and controlled assessment grade boundaries in each series to ensure that standards are maintained.

Even though raw mark boundaries can vary, we have to ensure that the standard required to gain a particular unit score is the same from exam series to exam series.

The uniform mark scale is therefore used to convert students' raw marks to uniform marks. This is done to standardise the marks between different units and from year to year.

So, even though the raw mark boundaries may change, the uniform mark for each grade boundary remains the same for all examinations.

Download the raw mark and UMS grade boundaries for each exam series

Summer 2014 grade boundaries will be made available from results day.

How do UMS marks contribute to the overall GCSE or A level grade?

After a student has been awarded a result, their uniform mark will be recorded in our system until their teacher requests the overall grade to be calculated and certified (cash-in).

You can find tables showing the minimum uniform marks required for each grade at unit level and at qualification level below.

GCSE History

The minimum uniform marks required for each grade for each unit are as follows:

Units 1 to 4 

Unit grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20

The minimum uniform marks required for the full GCSE qualification are as follows: 

Qualification grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 400 360 320 280 240 200 160 120 80

A level History

The minimum uniform marks required for each grade for each unit are as follows:

AS Units 1 and 2

Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 100 80 70 60 50 40

A2 Unit 3 

Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 120 96 84 72 60 48

A2 Unit 4

Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 80 64 56 48 40 32

The minimum uniform marks for each grade at AS cash-in are as follows: 

Qualification grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 200 160 140 120 100 80

The minimum uniform marks for each grade at Advanced GCE cash-in are as follows: 

Qualification grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 400 320 280 240 200 160

I hope you found this update useful. If you require any further information please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Mark

Mark Battye, History subject advisor
Mark BattyeHistory
UK: 020 7010 2186
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