Information for Y12 Learners on Assessment Arrangements

I appreciate the announcement to cancel exams this summer will have been unsettling for you as learners and that you are urgently waiting for news. To keep you informed, I wanted to let you know what the process is for the rest of this academic year along with plans for next year.

The aim is to treat all learners as fairly as possible this summer.

How will grades be calculated?

Most AS/A Levels that learners in Wales have been entered for will be awarded by WJEC. The Skills Challenge Certificate is only awarded by WJEC. If you are entered for a AS/A Level offered by a different exam board, the same principles will apply. Schools, colleges and other exam centres will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your qualifications, based on what they know about your work and performance:

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned

  • the order of learners, by performance, within those grades. Your centre will consider a range of evidence like your class and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will allow WJEC and other exam boards to gather and compare grades across centres. Results awarded need to be fair and that, as far as possible, learners are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their centres are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your centre sends to WJEC or other exam boards.

What do I need to do?

Your teachers will review all the work you have done so far, any new work set will not influence this summer’s results. However, teachers will continue to set work to ensure that all teaching and learning has been completed and help prepare you for next year. We strongly encourage you, where possible and beneficial, to continue to complete any unfinished AS modules and units within subject areas, making full access of teacher support where needed. Where completion of AS work is not possible, teachers will set purposeful work for learners to complete in preparation for the skills and understanding required in Y13. Please contact the school at ydahelpdesk@hwbwave15.onmicrosoft.com if you are experiencing any technical issues or otherwise with online learning.

What happens to the exams I was due to sit this summer?

Please see below information from Qualifications Wales outlining the approaches to examinations in 2021 for current Y12 learners.

No blanket approach will be issued to all learners in Ysgol Dyffryn Aman as we appreciate and treat each learner on an individual basis. The school will support and guide each learner towards the most beneficial examination approach next year to maximise potential.

The data (grades and rank order) that will be provided is confidential and cannot be shared with you as learners, your parents or carers. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at school, to tell you the grades they will be sending to exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of learners. This is to help ensure the information submitted by schools and colleges is as fair as possible.

When will I get my results?

We’re working hard to make sure you get results as soon as possible – and no later than the published dates of 13th August (AS and A level). We will confirm dates as soon as we can.

Keep informed

There is a set of FAQs that you might find useful at the following address.

https://qualificationswales.org/english/coronavirus—covid-19/frequently-asked-questions/vocational-qualifications/

There are also regular updates on the Qualifications Wales website (www.qualificationswales.org) and social media (@quals_wales on Twitter) and (@qualswalescymcymru on Facebook) that you might want to follow.

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