With the closing of schools and the cancellation of summer exams it's understandable that you may be worried about your future, but the Department for Education and your teachers are working together to make sure you get the grades that you deserve. This article is updated daily to ensure you have the most up to date information.
What will happen to your grades?
Your teachers will work with examinations regulator Ofqual to provide you with a calculated grade for your A-Levels. Your teachers know you and your work the best so grades will be awarded fairly and will take into account a range of previous work such as:
- previous achievement, including GCSEs and mocks
- non-exam assessments (e.g. course work)
- the grade your teachers believe you would have achieved should exams have gone ahead
Teachers, Ofqual, and the Department of Education are working closely together to ensure that these grades are indistinguishable to grades awarded in previous years. Your final grade will be just as valid as if you had sat the exam. The grades will be awarded at the end of July.
What if you don’t agree with the grade?
If you don’t agree with the grades you’ve been awarded, don’t panic, you can appeal the grade. The Department for Education has recognised that some students perform better in their final exams after studying as opposed to with coursework and your schoolwork throughout the year, so you also have the opportunity to sit your exams early in the next academic year and use the grade awarded from those exams. If you prefer, you have the option to sit your exams in summer 2021.
How does this impact apprenticeship job offers?
The coronavirus has impacted businesses all around the world, with the majority of employees having to work from home. Companies are aware of how difficult the current situation is for their employees and for prospective employees so are working closely to ensure they are flexible in decision making. Some job offers are made based on your provisional grades, you will be awarded a formal qualification in July so the employer will take your awarded grades into account before making a final decision on your application.
It's important to remember that job offers aren't awarded based on grades alone, your references, and how well you performed in your interview(s) play a role in offer making.
What can you do now?
If there are any changes to your job offer or any updates from the company they will contact you directly. Keep an eye out on their social media profiles for any new information.
If you were not satisfied with your predicted grades or think you’ve improved since your last examinations don’t let your hard work go to waste. Over the next few months continue to revise and study so you’re prepared if you choose to sit your exams later on this year.
Who can you talk to?
At times like this it’s important to make sure you have a support network. If you’re worried about your grades and work your teachers will be available to speak to. They’re there to support you and want to see you succeed.
If you’re concerned about your job offer you can contact the company directly to talk about your existing offer and the options available to you.
During these difficult times it’s more important than ever to look after your mental and physical health when socially distancing, find out more here.