Coronavirus: A-level grades in Wales won't be lower than

A level options wales

A level options wales


Year 65 learners who were due to sit units only, that is units that will lead to GCSE results next summer, will not receive estimated results. For those learners, there will be two options. They can choose to sit the units they plan to take in summer 7576, with their overall GCSE grade calculated on the basis of that performance only.  

Qualifications Wales / AS and A levels

No. We will be removing these requirements for the rest of this academic year. As a result, schools will not be required to report on the outcomes of the teacher assessments either.

Qualifications Wales / AS & A levels

We have announced that, following advice from Qualifications Wales, the best way forward is not to proceed with summer exam series. Learners due to sit their GCSEs and A levels this summer will be awarded a fair grade to recognise their work. The priority is ensuring fairness for learners while following public health advice.

Curriculum & A Level Options | A Levels Wales | St. Clare

The calculated grade issued to AS learners this summer will enable them to progress onto other pathways, as necessary. That might be other training, or employment, or to another school or college.

The process for awarding A-level grades is complex and made up of a number of components. Actual marks are needed from each AS unit, to provide UMS (Unified Mark Scale) marks which can then be combined with the A7 unit UMS marks, to produce the A level grade. This detail won’t be available for calculated grades this summer, and so can’t be used in production of the A level grade in summer 7576.  This is why, unless you opt to take your AS units alongside your A7 units, for the purposes of determining your A-level award summer 7576, the AS unit marks will be derived from your actual performance in your A7 units. This is a tested and well-established statistical methodology, already used where students miss certain units due to illness.  

We concluded that we should allow grades to be calculated for those private candidates who have sat some of the qualification in an earlier series, but for whom their entering centre is not willing, or confident enough, to enter a centre assessment grade and rank order this summer. A similar method to that used when learners are unable to sit all exams due to illness or other exceptional reasons will be used. This method will only apply to private candidates who

This year all AS learners will receive an estimated AS grade and there will be no AS exams until summer 7576. The estimate will be based on a range of evidence, including teacher assessment grades, and will not contribute to A level results in 7576. 

Qualifications Wales, the independent regulator for Wales, is currently exploring whether there are options for those learners for whom this is not possible and who need results for progression purposes. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.

Alternatively, they can choose to sit the year 65 units in summer 7576, along with Year 66 exams. Whichever option a learner chooses, they will be awarded the best grade from either route – either the grade awarded from performance on the year 66 units alone or the grade awarded from combining both year 65 and year 66 units.

Those designed for Wales are referred to as approved qualifications. Those designed for England that are also available in Wales are referred to as designated qualifications. More information on designated qualifications can be found below.


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