Summer 2021 support

The Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have confirmed their approach for issuing grades in summer 2021:

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  • Exams will not go ahead as planned
  • A teacher-assessed grades approach will be used for all UK-regulated qualifications, including GCSE, AS and A level, AEA and Projects
  • Judgements will be quality-assured by awarding organisations
  • Teachers will collate a ‘basket of evidence’ for pupils expecting to receive a grade this summer
  • Students will be able to appeal their grades.

The consultation also confirmed that students will only be assessed on the content that they have been taught, and that there will not be a requirement to assess a minimum proportion of the course content.

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

The consultation outcomes stated that students were encouraged to continue with and complete any non-exam assessment (NEA), but confirmed that learners who are unable to complete their NEA will not be penalised.

The changes which were already made to the content, assessment and delivery of the NEA for 2021 are still valid.

Ofqual has confirmed that the changes for the 2021 series will be:

  • Recording Assessment: Require students to edit and produce an audio recording with a duration of at least 1.5 minutes, in response to an exam board set task. Require exam board to provide sample recordings or to approve centre-selected sample recordings that are suitable for students to demonstrate their ability to edit and produce audio recordings.. 
  • Composition Assessment: Require students to produce a technology-based composition with a duration of at least 1.5 minutes, in response to an exam board set task. Require exam board to ensure that where composition briefs have scope for live capture, students will not be disadvantaged if they complete the task using synthesised sounds only.

Details of what this means for our specifications and assessments can be found in:

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Ofqual has confirmed that the changes for the 2021 series will be:

  • Recording Assessment: Require students to edit and produce an audio recording with a duration of at least 2 minutes, in response to an exam board set task. Require exam board to provide sample recordings or to approve centre-selected sample recordings that are suitable for students to demonstrate their ability to edit and produce audio recordings. 
  • Composition Assessment: Require students to produce a technology-based composition with a duration of at least 2 minutes, in response to an exam board set task. Require exam board to ensure that where composition briefs have scope for live capture, students will not be disadvantaged if they complete the task using synthesised sounds only.

Details of what this means for our specifications and assessments can be found in:

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