Edexcel GCSE Music: July 2020 update

16 July 2020

Read the latest information on GCSE Music, including the latest news about receiving grades in summer 2020.

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Summer 2020 results day

20 August 2020

Timeline for Summer 2020

Key dates and deadlines infographic

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Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020

Here is the 'Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020' consultation outcome document from Ofqual, providing confirmed decisions on the following:

  • centre assessment grades
  • issuing results
  • impact on students
  • statistical standardisation of centre assessment grades
  • incorporating the approach into the regulatory framework
  • appealing the results
  • qualifications to which the exceptional regulatory measures apply

Read the consultation outcome here

Access all regulatory updates 

You can also access all Covid-19 updates

Process for awarding GCSEs, AS and A levels summer 2020

The infographic in the link below from Ofqul illustrates the steps taken in the process for awarding results this summer. 

Access the infographic here

Getting results on the day

Find out how you can access results and reports through electronic data interchange (EDI) and/or Edexcel Online, or by opting in for results in paper format.

Receiving results through EDI and Edexcel Online

After results day


Ofqual have confirmed that the normal appeal process, when exams and marking have taken place, are unable to happen this year as there are no exam scripts to review or mark.

However, they have:

  • confirmed that a student who had evidence of bias or discrimination would be able to raise this with their centre. An exam board could investigate such evidence as indicating malpractice 
  • decided that, as now, centres must have a procedure which allows students to request that a review is conducted of the centre‚Äôs decision not to appeal to an exam board
  • confirmed that appeals should be allowed where a centre believes it has made an error when submitting its information; or similarly, if the centre believes an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade

Read more here

Ofqual also publishes more details on appeals and confirms autumn exam arrangements

2021 exams and assessments

On the 2 July 2020, Ofqual has launched a consultaion on the proposals for assessing general qualifications in 2021. 

Access the consultation here

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