As we move toward the summer months, we wanted to give further information about how assessment outcomes will be determined for courses that will complete in summer 2021.

There are several different approaches for the assessment outcomes for the courses that we offer at the college, so please read the information below carefully. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section below which will detail some further information that will hopefully address any further questions that you may have.

Most grades will be released around Tuesday 10 August 2021 (Thursday 12 August 2021 for GCSEs), but some courses may be later than this. We will inform students when we have this confirmed.

Students in their second year of A Levels including BTEC courses in Applied Science, Business, Health & Social Care, Information Technology and/or studying Maths or English GCSE at English Bridge and Welsh Bridge campuses.


Students who are in the final year of their A Levels or BTEC courses in Applied Science, Business, Health & Social Care, Information Technology and/or Maths or English GCSE at Welsh Bridge or English Bridge WILL have Teacher Assessed Grades.

This means that the final grade outcome for each of their subjects will be determined by teachers who have taught the students over the relevant timeframe.

Students in their final year of vocational courses

There are two approaches for the vocational courses that we offer at the college.

If your course has a practical examination outcome ie Hairdressing or plumbing, then assessment will continue via the exam board and you will not have Teacher Assessed Grades.

If you are doing a qualification that could lead to university such as Engineering or Business, then part of your course may have Teacher Assessed Grades. Course teachers will be able to provide further information on how grades will be worked out.

Student Declaration Form Link

Please find below the link to the Student Declaration form that you must complete by Friday 14 May.

Complete the Declaration Form
Please ensure that you are logged onto your network space BEFORE completing the form.

TAGS Appeal Process

The College and exam boards have a rigorous process to make sure that you get a fair grade based on the evidence. Ofqual has not yet decided on the mechanism for the appeals process so we will update you with details closer to results day and there will be links to the appeals process from the college website.


Teacher Assessed Grades Frequently Asked Questions


This information was issued on Thursday 6 May.

The information relates to the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) and is applicable for students who are in their final year of study and will be expecting assessment outcomes in summer 2021.

The information on this page is broken up into three sections:

  • A Level course students including BTEC courses in Applied Science, Business, Health & Social Care, Information Technology and/or studying Maths or English GCSEs
  • Vocational course students
  • All final year students

This information is for students in the final year of their A level course including students studying BTEC courses in Applied Science, Business, Health & Social Care, Information Technology and/or studying Maths or English GCSEs at English & Welsh Bridge campuses.


Please read this information very carefully as it contains some important instructions for you to follow as well as answers to some key questions. It is critical that you read the Student Declaration section.

Q. When will my course finish?
A. The last day for A level or GCSE lessons will be Friday 21 May.

If you are completing a BTEC course at English or Welsh Bridge then it could be a different date depending on whether any final assignments need to be finished, so please ask your teachers who will tell you the final date.

Q. What are Teacher Assessed Grades?
A. The grade that you get will be determined by your teachers, based on work that you have already done, as well as the recent assessments being set in each course. Please do not ask your teachers about the grade as they will not be allowed to tell you.

Q. How will I know what assessments are being used for my Teacher Assessed Grade?
A. You will already have received a document explaining which assessments will be used in each A level or GCSE course – if you have not seen that document, then please check your college email account and/or ask your teacher to send you a copy.

BTEC courses are continually assessed so your grade will be determined based on all the assignment work done during the course.

Q. How will the College make sure that Teacher Assessed Grades are fair for everyone?

A.

  • Teachers ensure that they mark assessments to the same standards by cross-checking samples of work with each other – this is called standardisation
  • A team of teachers will meet to decide on any Teacher Assessed Grade for fairness
  • They will take account of any mitigating circumstances where possible and may look at alternative evidence if necessary
  • The grades are then checked by the manager for that qualification
  • Two members of staff will complete and sign a declaration on the grades that are awarded
  • The grades are then checked by the Director of A levels and Head of Quality to make sure that the profile is in line with grades allocated across the country in previous years
  • The Principal then checks the grades and signs to say that they are fair before we submit them to the exam boards
  • The exam boards then check the grades; they will ask the College for a sample of student work and our assessment documentation to check that marking and grading decisions are accurate

Q. What is the Student Declaration?
A. The exam boards need you to confirm that all of the work you have done is your own.
We need to know about any circumstances which may have temporarily affected your performance so that we can consider this when determining grades.

You will be sent an electronic form which you must complete to declare all the work you have done is your own and to let us know whether there are any additional issues that may have affected your performance.

This form will be sent to your College email address on Monday 10th May and must be completed by Friday 14th May. It is very important to complete the declaration, so make sure that you can access your college email before 10th May – please seek assistance from the IT team if needed.

Q. What sort of circumstances should I declare on the Student Declaration form?
A. This will be unique to each individual, but these are issues which temporarily affected your performance during assessments or at particular points in the course. We are told by the regulations that we must check the JCQ guidance document to see whether the issue would usually be eligible for special consideration. That document gives examples such as bereavement, serious illness or injury, recent crisis/incident/trauma etc.

Please let us know what the issue was, when it happened and how it affected your performance – if we think that it meets the criteria then we may be able to adjust the evidence that is used to determine your grade.

Please note that the disruption to normal education due to the pandemic and associated lockdowns is not, of itself, a reason to request mitigating circumstances, since that will be the same for everyone in the cohort – it would need to be an issue that is particular to you that temporarily affected your performance.

Any information that you provide at this point will only be shared with your teachers and other members of staff who are needed to judge the circumstances. The information provided will only be retained by the college for as long as necessary to complete the assessment.

Q. When will I receive my grade(s)?
A. A level subjects will release their grades on Tuesday 10 August.
GCSE subjects will release their grades on Thursday 12 August.
BTEC subjects are likely to release their grades that same week – probably on Tuesday 10 August.

We will send details later about the arrangements for receiving your results in the summer.

Q. Can I appeal my grade?
A. Please be reassured that the College and the exam boards will have worked through a rigorous process to make sure that your grade is as fair as possible, but it will be possible to appeal your grade if you decide that is sensible.

Please note that grades can go down as well as up on appeal and that your recent assessment evidence will be submitted to the board for them to consider whether the grade awarded was reasonable based on the evidence. Ofqual have not yet decided on the mechanism for the appeals process so we will update you with details closer to results day and there will be links to the appeals process from the college website.


This information is for students in the final year of their vocational course.


Please read this information very carefully as it contains some important instructions for you to follow as well as answers to some key questions. It is critical that you read the Student Declaration section.

Q. When will my course finish?
A. Your teacher will let you know the finishing date of your course. It is likely to be a different date for different courses depending on what assessments need to be finished.

Q. How will the grade be worked out for my vocational qualification?
A. If you are doing a qualification that leads directly to employment like Hairdressing or Plumbing, then the exam board (such as City and Guilds) will assess your work as normal, and you will not have Teacher Assessed Grades.

If you are doing a qualification that could lead on to university such as Engineering or Business, then part of your course may have Teacher Assessed Grades. This will make sure that you get a fair chance to go to university or other progression routes. Your teacher will tell you how your grade will be worked out.

Q. What are Teacher Assessed Grades?
A. You will have completed most of your qualification and this will be the main thing that decides your grade. There may be some parts of your course that have not been assessed due to issues encountered during lockdown. The grade that you get will be calculated by your teachers based on the assignments and work that you have already done and will also include the assignments you complete up until the 28th of May.

Q. How will the College make sure that Teacher Assessed Grades are fair?

  • Assignments are checked within College to make sure they are fair
  • Teachers have their marking checked within the college to make sure it is fair (internal verification).
  • Teachers have their marks checked by the Exam Boards such as BTEC to make sure they are marking to the same standard as the rest of the country
  • A team of teachers will decide on any Teacher Assessed Grade for fairness
  • The grades are then checked by the manager for that qualification
  • The grades are then checked by the Head of Quality and Vice Principal to make sure they are in line with the rest of the country
  • The Principal then checks the grades and signs to say that they are fair
  • The exam boards then check the grades and ask the College for evidence where necessary.

Q. How will I know what assessments are being used for my Teacher Assessed Grade?
A. It will be based on the units and assignments that you have completed. Your teacher will give you more detailed information.

Q. What is the Students Declaration?
A. There is a form you must fill in to declare all the work you have done is your own and to let us know about any additional things that may have affected your grade such as serious illness.

This will be sent to your College email address on Monday 10 May and will need to be completed by Friday 14 May. It is very important to complete the declaration, so please make sure you can access your college email ahead of this time.

Q. What sort of circumstances should I declare?
A. This will be unique to each individual, but these are issues which temporarily affected your performance during assessments or at particular points in the course. We are told by the regulations that we must check the JCQ guidance document to see whether the issue would usually be eligible for special consideration. That document gives examples such as bereavement, serious illness or injury, recent crisis/incident/trauma etc.

Please let us know what the issue was, when it happened and how it affected your performance – if we think that it meets the criteria then we may be able to adjust the evidence that is used to determine your grade.

Please note that the disruption to normal education due to the pandemic and associated lockdowns is not, of itself, a reason to request mitigating circumstances, since that will be the same for everyone in the cohort – it would need to be an issue that is particular to you that temporarily affected your performance.

Any information that you provide at this point will only be shared with your teachers and other members of staff who are needed to judge the circumstances. The information provided will only be retained by the college for as long as necessary to complete the assessment.

Q. When will I receive my grade?
A. Most qualifications will release their grades on Thursday 10 August.

Q. Can I appeal my grade?
A. You will know the grades for the assignments you have completed, and this is what makes up your grade. The College and exam boards have a rigorous process to make sure that you get the correct grade. Ofqual has not yet decided on the mechanism for the appeals process so we will update you with details closer to results day and there will be links to the appeals process from the college website.

Pearson who is one of the awarding bodies for BTEC Level 3 qualifications has published this letter which outlines their approach for the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). Please take the time to read through the letter.


Additional Information – All Students

Parent communication
Academic Student communication
Vocational Student communication
Link to College JCQ policy applicable to A level, GCSE qualifications
Link to the appeals process
Links to qualification specific guidance and policies:

Pearson:  

 

Summary Q-TAG video 

Vocational Qualifications briefing, update April 19 2021 - YouTube 

Summary – A quick guide with examples (different format spread sheets) 

BTEC-QTAG-Worked-examples.pdf (pearson.com) 

Guidance – The policy is in section 15 needs to be read. 

Awarding-results-2021-guidance.pdf (pearson.com) 

OCR: 

 

College version of the JCQ policy 

See info point or website 

Cambridge Nationals and Technical processes document.  

OCR Guidance on the determination of grades for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals for summer 2021 – processes to be adopted by centres and support available from OCR 

Summary of awarding TAG  

OCR Guidance for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals results in summer 2021 

NCFE and CACHE - This page has several links including to a pdf ‘Approach to Awarding 2020-21’ 

Qualifications and Teacher Assessed Grades | NCFE 

RSL – There are several links for guidance from this page. 

COVID-19: Information for Centres delivering RSL VQs - RSL Awards 

UAL 

Results 2021 - interim update on Teacher Assessed Grades | UAL (arts.ac.uk)