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. 

Programming project

Students are still encouraged to complete their programming project. The programming project authentication form and the Head of centre declaration form are not required for the June 2021 series.

There is no requirement to submit students’ programming project.


We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2021 summer arrangements. The summer 2021 assessment materials for centres are now available via the link above. You can also access our support Overview Document which brings together all the resources you need to support your grading decisions.