IGCSE and A-level Awarding System for May/June 2020 Session

This session (May/June 2020) is an exceptional one, as the world is facing challenging circumstances due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The grading system to IGCSE and A-level students is informed by an evidence-based predicted grade.

1. Edexcel (Pearson) and Oxford (AQA)

These exam boards are expecting from schools to generate for each student, and each subject an evidence-based predicted grade and a rank order.

The evidence-based predicted grade is the most likely grade a student would have achieved if he/she had sat the exam. This judgement is informed by the student’s performance in:

  • Records over the course of study such as: classwork and bookwork;
  • Performance on any non-exam assessment (coursework) even if not completed;
  • Performance on homework, quizzes, tests and mock exams;
  • Previous results for re-sitting students;
  • Previous AS results for A-level students;
  • Performance of this year’s students compared to those in previous years.

There is no requirement to set additional mock exams or homework tasks for the purposes of determining a predicted grade.

The rank order is a statistical standardization process to rank students within each grade. For example, if a school have 15 students for IGCSE biology for whom you have given a predicted grade of B, the school should then rank them from 1 to 15, where 1 is the most secure/highest attaining, 2 is the next most secure and so on.

This data will be assessed by the examiners and the final grade is decided by the exam boards.

Private/External/Home Schooling candidates’ awarding system is still being considered. They might be allowed to provide their evidence to the local registration center (British Council) to be assessed. Nonetheless, they may be asked to withdraw from this session and sit for an exam at the earliest session.

For further information, please follow this link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877930/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_heads_of_centres.pdf

2. Cambridge

The process to be used to provide grades for students will be a collaborative one with schools. Schools are expected to generate a predicted grade supported by various evidences

The types of evidence that might be available could include but will not be limited to:

  • mock exams
  • coursework (complete or incomplete)
  • assignments
  • AS Level results for ‘staged-route’ A Level candidates
  • grades in previous sittings for candidates re-taking exams

Schools may continue to set assignments to candidates to support ongoing teaching and learning while they are at home. More details of the processing we will ask you to do will be shared on Tuesday 7 April.

Private/External/Home Schooling candidates’ awarding system is also an evidence-based grade. Local centers are expected to obtain, investigate and authenticate available evidences provided by the candidate.

For further information, please follow this link: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/news/news-details/view/update-for-cambridge-schools-on-may-june-2020-exams-20200401/