This update summarises how to access documents and services that you may need during the summer 2017 results period.
GCE - Thursday 17 August 2017 (also BTEC Nationals, Edexcel Award L3, Project L3 and International A Level)
GCSE – Thursday 24 August 2017 (also CiDA, International GCSE)
After the summer 2017 results are published in August, centres will be able to view and download scripts which have been marked online free of charge from our Self-Service Portal via Edexcel Online.
The Self-Service Portal will be available until the final post-results deadline for each exam series:
Summer 2017 - Thursday 28 September 2017
Customers should save and/or print any scripts they need for teaching and learning purposes before the post-results deadline.
Scripts do not have examiner annotation on them. The marked script allows teachers to evaluate how the student performed on particular questions in relation to what they have been taught; the Principal Examiner's Report and the exemplars that we make available demonstrate how the mark scheme is applied.
If scripts have been marked "traditionally" (i.e. not online), centres will have to request them via the Post Results section of Edexcel Online as in previous exam series.
These scripts will also be free of charge, but the final dates to request them are the same as the published JCQ Access to Scripts deadlines.
Did you know that from results day you can download centre-specific moderator feedback for all your coursework and controlled assessment units? To find out how to do this please read the guidance below.
If you have submitted coursework or controlled assessments in the summer 2017 series, your moderator will have written a report which will provide you with general feedback on your marking and administration.
1. To download your report go to www.edexcelonline.co.uk and sign in using your Edexcel Online username and password. If you've forgotten your password you can generate a reminder from Edexcel Online by selecting 'forgotten password'.
2. Once you're logged in under your centre, select the relevant qualification (for example, GCSE) from the top left-hand menu.
3. Then click on the 'Results' tab on the left-hand side of the page and select 'Moderator Reports'.
If you do not have access to 'Results' in your Edexcel Online profile then you will not see the 'Results' tab. In this instance please ask your exams officer to change your profile.
4. Now select the relevant examination series, your subject and press 'Submit'. You will get a message saying the report will be in your mailbox in two hours. The report normally takes only 5 minutes to appear in your mailbox.
5. Go to your mailbox to download the report.
Your moderator will have written a detailed report for you, highlighting good practice and, using the assessment criteria, explaining if it was necessary to adjust your centre's marks.
You can also download the Principal Moderator Report which contains detailed advice and guidance on each coursework and controlled assessment unit.
Principal Moderator Reports are available on ResultsPlus from results day. They will also be available on the respective qualifications pages from 18 August.
1. To access the Principal Moderator's Report on results day, go to the ResultsPlus page 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'.
3. Then select 'Whole cohort results' followed by 'Cohort paper analysis'.
4. Select the relevant qualification and series, for example 'GCSE' and 'June 2017', followed by the relevant subject and 'View paper analysis' for your coursework or controlled assessment unit.
Because it is an internally assessed unit there will not be any paper analysis available, but if you select 'Exam docs' you will find the Principal Moderator Report for that unit.
To access the Principal Moderator Report from the qualifications pages you should go to the relevant qualification and select 'Examiner Reports' and then choose the relevant examination series from the menu.
If you're not happy with your students' results this summer, you should take the following steps:
You’ll find a full list of fees here.
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 a review of marking 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% 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% of your centre's total cohort (a minimum of 8 candidates) for a review of marking through the EAR process. Very large centres don't need to submit more than 20 requests.
At least half the sample would need to see mark changes of more than 5% 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.
Please speak to your exams officer if you wish to proceed with an Enquiry About Results. Exams officers should contact their Centre Account Specialist on 0844 463 2535 if they require further information or guidance on EAR services. All applications for EAR 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.
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 three 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.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of an EAR (enquiry about results), 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 EAR, during which an appeal may be lodged by writing to the following address:
Office One90 High Holborn
or by email to email@example.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.
Linear qualifications do not use UMS.
Do you need help understanding UMS marks?
From results day you'll be able to download our mark converter to convert UMS marks to raw marks and vice versa.
The mark converter is useful to teachers and students in the following ways:
The UMS converter will go live on results day.
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 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.
You can download the raw mark and UMS grade boundaries for each exam series from our website.
Summer grade boundaries will be made available from results day.
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 at the back of the specification for the qualification you are interested in.
I hope you found this update useful. For more detailed information on UMS, see this UMS guidance. If you have any queries about UMS marks, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I hope that you find this information useful.