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How GCSE, vocational & technical qualifications will be awarded for the summer 2021 series

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Published on - 26-02-2021

On Thursday 25th February 2021 Ofqual and the DfE announced how GCSEs and Vocational Qualifications will be awarded this summer. Below we have gathered the key information for you to review and understand. Further communication will follow in due course, suffice to say Brighton Hill Community School will adhere to the guidance provided to secure reliable and valid results for all the children in our care that these guidelines will apply to.

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How will GCSE grades be determined in Summer 2021?

The results from the Government and Ofqual consultation has meant that the GCSE exams this summer have been cancelled and therefore the following subjects will now receive Teacher Assessed Grades.

English Language (AQA)

English Literature (Pearson Edexcel)

Mathematics (Pearson Edexcel)

History (Pearson Edexcel)

Combined Science (AQA)

Business Studies (AQA)


Geography (OCR)

Separate Science (AQA)

Media (AQA)

French (AQA)

Religious Studies (AQA)

Art (AQA)

Drama (AQA)

Design & Technology (AQA)

Food Prep & Nutrition (WJEC)

Spanish (AQA)

Dance (AQA)

What is meant by Teacher Assessed Grades?

Teachers can use a range of evidence to make a judgement of the grade they are performing at. Students should only be assessed on what they have been taught, ensuring sufficient coverage of the curriculum to enable progression. When determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential. 

pdf document Student Guide to Awarding in Summer 2021

Following the announcement that summer 2021 exams have been cancelled, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) member awarding organisations are working as instructed by DfE and regulators to put their requirements into place for awarding this summer. JCQ have now published their guidance for students and parents for the summer 2021 teacher assessed grade process.

pdf document JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021

HTML JCQ Website (for latest updates)

pdf document BHCS TAG Centre Policy 

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How will Teacher Assessed Grades affect Vocational and Technical Qualifications?

The following subjects fall into the vocational and technical qualifications.

Information Technologies (OCR)

Functional Skills (AQA)

These qualifications will be teacher assessed, as well as coursework assessed.  The coursework assessments will continue as normal, with the exam element of the qualification graded by your subject teacher.


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