Results and certification Edexcel Digital Applications (CiDA and DiDA) results explained

Find out more about your Edexcel Digital Applications (CiDA and DiDA) results, and read the answers to some frequently asked questions.

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Important dates

Exam Session Results released Certificates sent to schools and colleges by:
Summer 2017

Centres: Wednesday 23 August 2017

Students: Thursday 24 August 2017

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Results are released on ResultsPlus Direct from 9am (UK time) to students who've been registered for the service. If you don't have login details for ResultsPlus Direct, you'll need to check with your school or college to find out what time your results will be ready to collect.

How are Edexcel Digital Applications qualifications marked and graded?

The Edexcel Digital Applications qualifications are broken down into units which can be completed at different times throughout your course. Select your qualification from the options below to find out more.

For Level 2 CiDA, you will complete a practical exam for Unit 1: Developing Web Products, which is set and marked by our examiners.

You will also work through a 'Summative Project Brief' (SPB) for one of the optional units (Units 2-4). SPBs allow you to produce an electronic portfolio (eportfolio) of work to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

For Level 1 CiDA, you will still complete Unit 1: Developing Web Products and one of the optional units (Units 2-4), but both units are assessed through Summative Project Briefs.

Your eportfolio is assessed by your teacher and you're awarded a raw mark and estimated grade based on the standard of your work. We then moderate your teacher's marking. This means we request a sample of work from your school or college so we can check that we agree with their assessment.

Once all of the exams have been marked and the eportfolios have been moderated, our senior examiners decide where the grade boundaries should lie and you're issued with a UMS mark and a final grade for each unit. Once you've completed the course, your school will ask us to ‘cash in’ your results to calculate your overall CiDA grade.

Your overall grade is calculated by adding together the UMS marks you scored in each unit.

For Level 2 DiDA, you will complete two practical exams:

  • Unit 1: Developing Web Products
  • Unit 5: Coding for the web

These exams are set and marked by our examiners.

You will also work through a 'Summative Project Brief' (SPB) for two of the optional units (Units 2-4). SPBs allow you to produce an electronic portfolio (eportfolio) of work to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

For Level 1 DiDA, you will still complete Unit 1: Developing Web Products, Unit 5: Coding for the Web and two optional units (Units 2-4), but all work is assessed through Summative Project Briefs.

Your eportfolio is assessed by your teacher and you're awarded a raw mark and estimated grade based on the standard of your work. We then moderate your teacher's marking. This means we request a sample of work from your school or college so we can check that we agree with their assessment.

Once all of the exams have been marked and the eportfolios have been moderated, our senior examiners decide where the grade boundaries should lie and you're issued with a UMS mark and a final grade for each unit. Once you've completed the course, your school will ask us to ‘cash in’ your results to calculate your overall DiDA grade.

Your overall grade is calculated by adding together the UMS marks you scored in each unit.

Frequently asked questions

The 'raw' mark is the actual mark you achieve for your eportfolio or exam.

UMS stands for ‘Uniform Mark Scale’ and the UMS mark is a conversion of your raw mark used to indicate how well you did on a particular Summative Project Brief (SPB) or in your exam.

In modular qualifications, units can be taken at different times throughout the course. SPBs and exams may vary slightly in difficulty from year to year. For example, a score of 32 raw marks for an SPB in one exam session might represent the same level of achievement as a raw mark of 34 in the following exam session. The Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) ensures that these two raw marks receive the same value when contributing to the final grade.

If you would like to know your raw mark for a particular unit, you will need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college.

Find out more about raw and UMS marks

Moderation is necessary to make sure that all students have their projects assessed against the same standards. Most of the time, your teacher’s marks will be approved and accepted unchanged. However, sometimes marks are reduced or raised, if your teacher’s marking was judged to have been too lenient or too harsh.

If you think that the mark on your results slip is not the mark your teacher gave you, please check with your teacher to see what happened to marks after moderation. If we did not adjust your mark, talk to your teacher or exams officer and they’ll get in touch with us. If we did adjust your mark, your teacher will need to decide if they want to send back all of the work from your school or college for remoderation.

In order for us to calculate and issue your overall grade, your school needs to have told us you've finished the course. They do this by entering you against a 'cash-in code'. The table below shows the cash-in codes for the Level 1 and 2 CiDA and DiDA courses. The grade against that code will be your overall grade for that qualification.

  Qualification Name Cash-in code
Level 1 Level 2
CiDA Certificate in Digital Applications GCDA1 GCDA2
DiDA Diploma in Digital Applications GDDA1 GDDA2

If your results slip doesn't show one of the codes in the table above, it's likely your school hasn't told us that you've finished the course. In this instance, speak to your exams officer who will be able to request a late cash-in so your overall grade can be calculated.

CiDA qualification are equivalent in terms of level and teaching time as 1 GCSE.

DiDA qualifications are equivalent in terms of level and teaching time as 2 GCSEs.

Qualification Grade GCSE grade
Level 2 Digital Applications A* A*
A A
B B
C C
Level 1 Digital Applications A* D
A E
B F
C G

Sometimes illness, injury or other personal circumstances can affect your performance during an assessment. In these cases, it may be possible to issue you with a calculated result or extra marks. This is referred to as ‘special consideration'.

If you think you may be entitled to special consideration, you should speak to the exams officer at your school or college. They’ll need to make a request on your behalf and send us any supporting documents to help us make a decision.

Special consideration isn’t shown on the statement of results you’re given by your school or college but is indicated on ResultsPlus Direct by a flag. If you don’t have access to ResultsPlus Direct, you’ll need to check with your exams officer whether special consideration has been applied.

Find out more about special consideration

 

We can correct errors such as misspelled names very quickly but you need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college to request any changes.

These requests must come from someone at your centre as we have no way of identifying students who call or email us. If we can’t identify you, we can’t make changes to confidential information.

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