When A-level results are out in 2020 and the way the grades are being …


A-level students are nervously awaiting a very different type of results day, where they will receive grades for exams they never actually took.

A-levels and GCSEs were scrapped this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, with pupils instead being graded through predictions.

About A-level
The A Level (Advanced Level) is a subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education, as well as a school leaving qualification offered by the educational bodies in the United Kingdom and the educational authorities of British Crown dependencies to students completing secondary or pre-university education. They were introduced in England and Wales in 1951 to replace the Higher School Certificate. A number of countries, including Singapore, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius and Zimbabwe have developed qualifications with the same name as and a similar format to the British A Levels. Obtaining an A Level, or equivalent qualifications, is generally required for university entrance, with universities granting offers based on grades achieved.A Levels are generally worked towards over two years. Normally, students take three or four A Level courses in their first year of sixth form, and most taking four cut back to three in their second year. This is because university offers are normally based on three A Level grades, and taking a fourth can have an impact on grades. Unlike other level-3 qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate, A Levels have no specific subject requirements, so students have the opportunity to combine any subjects they wish to take. However, students normally pick their courses based on the degree they wish to pursue at university: most degrees require specific A Levels for entry.In legacy modular courses (last assessment Summer 2019), A Levels are split into two parts, with students within their first year of study pursuing an Advanced Subsidiary qualification, commonly referred to as an AS or AS Level, which can either serve as an independent qualification or contribute 50% of the marks towards a full A Level award. The second part is known as an A2 or A2 Level, which is generally more in-depth and academically rigorous than the AS. The AS and A2 marks are combined for a full A Level award. The A2 Level is not a qualification on its own, and must be accompanied with an AS Level in the same subject for certification. Due to the fact that AS Levels are considered less academically rigorous, the A* grade is reserved for those taking the subject to A2 standard, so only A2 units contribute to this grade. Additionally, students who are displeased with results from their AS units have the ability to resit. However, this has been criticised as nurturing a ‘resit culture’ and causing perceived ‘grade inflation’.

When A-level results are out in 2020 and how the grades are being …

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After the news that almost 40 per cent of predictions are set to be downgraded, many students are likely to be left disappointed.

Traditional scenes of pupils hugging after receiving their results at school are also off the table, with social distancing restrictions still in place.

When A-level results are out in 2020 and how the grades are being …

When is A-level results day 2020?

A-level pupils will receive their results on Thursday 13 August, with GCSEs coming the following week on 20 August.

Some schools are sending results by email or post, while others will still require pupils to pick them up from the school in person.

Parents have been banned from attending at some institutions, to keep the number of people present at a minimum.

For those hoping to attend university, Ucas’ Track system, which shows whether universities have chosen to accept you based on your grades, will update at around 8am.

A pupil at Stonlelaw High School in Rutherglen, Glasgow, receives a text message with her exam grades on her mobile phone. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 4, 2020. Tens of thousands of pupils will find out their exam grades on Tuesday as results are published amid a row over how they have been reached during lockdown. See PA story EDUCATION Exams. Photo credit should read: Andy Buchanan/PA Wire
Some schools are sending results out digitally (Photo: PA)

How have the grades been calculated?

After the pandemic forced this year’s exams to be cancelled, teachers were asked to calculate predicted grades for their students, based on their previous performance.

These grades have then been moderated by the exam regulator Ofqual, which uses a statistical model to adjust teachers’ recommendations.

The model takes into account things like a school’s recent exam history and each pupil’s previous exam results.

There was anger in Scotland last week after moderators adjusted around a quarter of teachers’ recommended grades, but this is set to be even more significant in England.

The Guardian reports 39 per cent of pupils’ grades are set to be adjusted downwards, affecting around 300,000 grades.

Students on the boundary between B and C and C and D grades are believed to be most at risk of having their marks downgraded.

Can I appeal my grades?

Ofqual has barred individual pupils from appealing against their grades on academic grounds.

Schools will be allowed to appeal on behalf of their pupils if they receive “a very different pattern of grades to results in previous years”.

But it has advised students to contact their chosen places of higher education if they miss out on a place due to grades being lower than expected.