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Subject update | 24 June 2019

Supporting you through summer results 2019: GCSE

This update reminds you how to access some documents and services that you may need during the summer 2019 GCSE results period.

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GCSE results day for summer 2019 series: 22 August 2019

Date

Summer 2019 exam materials (available with Edexcel Online login)

2 July

Question papers available on qualification web pages

23 July

Mark schemes available on qualification web pages

GCSE results day: 22 August

Free access to scripts (with candidate consent)
GCSE examiners’ reports available on ResultsPlus
Grade boundaries

28 August

Examiner reports on the qualification web pages

Free access to scripts service

From 22 August 2019 until 13 December 2019, you will be able to view and download scripts which have been marked online free of charge from our self-service portal.

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The portal can only be accessed by Edexcel Online users who have the Exam Viewer profile ticked on Edexcel Online. Your exams officer gives teachers access to Exam Viewer.

Please note that these scripts do not contain examiners' annotations.

If scripts have been marked 'traditionally' (i.e. not online), you will have to request them, free of charge, via the Post Results section of Edexcel Online.

Candidate consent 

Candidate consent is required before requesting script copies, as per section 6.2.1 of the JCQ's Post-Results Services guide. Candidate consent can only be obtained after results have been published.

Examiners' reports

1. To download examiners' reports on examined components on results day go to ResultsPlus 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 'forgot password'. Then follow the steps below. 

2. Once you are logged in under your centre, select 'ResultsPlus Analysis'.

ResultsPlus Analysis

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3. Then select 'Whole cohort results' followed by 'Cohort paper analysis'.

Select whole cohort results followed by cohort paper analysis

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4. Select the relevant qualification and series, 'GCSE' and 'June 2019', followed by the relevant subject and 'View paper analysis'. Select 'Exam docs' you will find the Examiners' Report for that component.

Reviews of marking

If you're not happy with your students' results this summer, you should take the following steps:

  • View the grade boundaries, question papers, mark schemes and examiner reports of the paper/qualification concerned.
  • View your students’ scripts using the free access to scripts service.
  • Log in to ResultsPlus to see how your students have performed on every question and compare their performance to the national average. 
  • If you're still unhappy with your students' results, you may apply for a review of marking via our post-results services. 

Find out everything you need to know about results day and post-results services

Post-results services 

For an easy overview of reviews of marking and what they cost, please see our post results fees quick reference guide and full list of fees.

Visit the fees for post-results services page

Post-results services deadlines

The summer 2019 post-results services deadlines are listed below and are also available on our support pages.

GCSE

Post-results services are available from Thursday 22 August 2019.

Service

Deadline

Priority review of marking

29 August

Access to scripts (copy)

13 December

Review of marking, service 1 (clerical check)

19 September

Review of marking, service 2

19 September

How to apply for post-results services

Please speak to your exams officer if you wish to proceed with a review of marking. Exams officers should contact their Centre Account Specialist on 0344 463 2535 if they require guidance or view the video tutorial below. All applications for reviews of marking must be submitted through Edexcel Online.

Why are reviews of marking results sometimes received very quickly?

Senior examiners who carry out reviews of marking are re-trained prior to commencing reviews. As soon as you submit a request for a review of marking on Edexcel Online, the script is sent to the allocated senior examiner electronically. If they are sitting at their desk, they could receive the script and start reviewing it within minutes of your request.

View full details of the accurate results process:

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Appeals

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of a review of marking, 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 review of marking, during which an appeal may be lodged by writing to the following address:

Edexcel Appeals Office
One90 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7BH

or by email to edexcelappeals@pearson.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.

Understanding 9-1 grades

Our support section provides useful information and a video explaining GCSE 9-1 grading. 

The GCSE 9-1 History specifications are linear which means that students will not be given grades for each paper they sit and there will no longer be UMS (uniform mark scale) awarded for each paper. The grades only officially exist at subject level, so students that sit the examinations this summer will simply receive an overall grade for the qualification.

On results day, we will publish the official grade boundaries at subject level.

We will also publish notional component boundaries at paper level for all GCSE papers to help you to mark and grade mocks in future series. These will be displayed in the notional grade boundaries document. They will not be displayed on official/formal results documentation.

How do the GCSE papers add up to make a total subject mark?

  • GCSE History Paper 1 has a total raw mark of 52 and is weighted at precisely 30.952% of the qualification.
  • GCSE History Paper 2 has a total raw mark of 64 and is weighted at precisely 38.095% of the qualification.
  • GCSE History Paper 3 has a total raw mark of 52 and is weighted at precisely 30.952% of the qualification.
  • The total GCSE raw mark is therefore a mark of 168.
  • Your students’ marks on GCSE Paper 1, 2 and 3 will simply be added together to give the total subject mark out of 168.
  • The overall grade boundaries will be presented as marks out of 168 and the notional boundaries will be presented as marks out of 52 (Papers 1 and 3) and 64 (Paper 2).

NB the paper weightings above are the precise weightings of each paper. These have been simplified in the specification to reflect the content weightings before including marks for SPAG.

Exam feedback training and exemplars

In autumn 2019, we will be providing recorded exam feedback training for all GCSE papers. Our autumn GCSE networks will also provide an opportunity to discuss the summer exams. We will be providing new exemplar responses from the summer 2019 series for GCSE History on the qualification page.

I wish you and your students a well-deserved break over the summer, and the best of luck on results day. 

Best regards,

Mark Battye, History subject advisor
Mark BattyeHistory
UK: 0333 016 4084
Intl: +44 (0)333 016 4084
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