Arrangements for Exam Results - Summer 2021
As you will be aware, following the Government’s announcement in January 2021 that qualification examinations and assessments would not go ahead as planned, outcomes for the majority of qualifications have been determined by teachers. These Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) have been determined based on a range of evidence and in strict accordance with the guidance and requirements set out by Ofqual (the regulator for qualifications) and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). West Thames College has complied with all guidance in full and our Centre Policies for awarding and quality assuring TAGs have been formally approved by JCQ and the relevant awarding organisations (also known as exam boards). We are therefore confident that the grade you receive in August will be an accurate and fair judgement of your performance.
Qualification results will be issued to students on the following dates:
- Tuesday 10th August – Level 3 Vocational & Technical Qualifications
- Thursday 12th August – GCSEs and relevant Level 2 Vocational & Technical Qualifications
The closing date for the submission of a completed appeal form arising from the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) for GCSE and many L2 and L3 Vocational (including BTEC) qualifications is Monday 13 September at 5pm.
Grades this summer for GCSE and many L2 and L3 Vocational (including BTEC) qualifications were based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). TAGs were submitted to the awarding organisations following a rigorous process of assessment, moderation and quality assurance.
These grades were then approved by the awarding organisations, following external quality assurance checks.
If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you have a right to appeal. There are two stages to the appeals process:
Stage 1: Centre Review (by the College)
If you don’t think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can appeal on the basis that you believe
- We made an administrative error, e.g. we submitted an incorrect grade.
- We did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. we did not follow our Centre Policy
Stage 2: Appeal to the Awarding Organisation
If you still don’t think you have the correct grade after the Centre Review is complete, you can appeal to the exam board, who will review whether:
- We made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which we determined your grade and/or in the determination of your grade from that evidence.
- We did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. we did not follow our Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
- The Awarding Organisation made an administrative error, e.g. they changed your grade during the processing of grades.
At both stages of the process you will need to submit your appeal to us and give us your written consent to conduct the appeal or submit it to the awarding organisation on your behalf. It’s important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.