The government have announced that examinations in summer 2023 will be returning to pre pandemic grading. There will be in place some measures to support students sitting these examinations, who have missed out on learning due to Covid-19 disruptions. The DfE have released a full update of these measures, and what this means for students – including those requiring predicted grades for UCAS applications.
You can read the update here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/grading-exams-and-assessments-in-summer-2023-and-autumn-2022
The DfE and Ofqual have also updated their support for students guidance, which you can read here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ofqual-rolling-update#support-for-students-summer-2023
Decisions for GCSE maths, physics, combined science and modern foreign languages
Ofqual confirmed that exams boards will continue to require exam boards to provide formulae and revised equations sheets for GCSE mathematics, physics and combined science exams in 2023.
Ofqual also confirmed permanent changes to assessment requirements in modern foreign language (MFL) GCSEs in its consultation outcome published in November.
Subject content and assessment arrangements: 2022 to 2023
Ofqual and the Department for Education have confirmed the arrangements for subject content in GCSEs, AS and A levels and non-exam assessment in qualifications taking place in the academic year 2022 to 2023.
This means that the assessment arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications being awarded in 2023 will be as follows:
- for GCSEs in English literature, history, ancient history and geography, students will study and be assessed on all the usual topics and content
- for dance, design and technology, drama (and theatre), food preparation and nutrition, film studies, media studies, music, music technology, physical education (PE), students will carry out the usual non-exam assessment activities
- or art and design, students will be assessed by an exam board set task and a portfolio as usual
- for geography, geology, and science subjects, students will carry out the usual fieldwork and practical science activities
- for GCSEs in English language, students will carry out spoken language assessments as usual and some of these will be recorded by their teachers
- for GCSEs in modern foreign languages, students will take formal speaking tests as usual
Hewens College is bound by the regulations set out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which determines the regulations for examination conditions, results and certification. For further information on examination regulations, including JCQ’s rules for students, please read the documents set out below for download.
For further information, please visit the JCQ website at https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/general-regulations
Collection of results
Students should, whenever possible, attend the College in person to collect their results. Summer 2023 examination results are scheduled for 17th August 2023 (Post 16) and 24th August 2023 (Year 11). Details about collection procedures will be published nearer the time.
If collection in person is not possible the following options are available by prior arrangement:
Results sent by post: This must be organised with the College in advance of the official results day. Students requesting this service must provide the College with a stamped (postage paid), self addressed envelope in which their results can be posted. The College will post the results on the official results day.
Nominated person to collect the results on the student's behalf: In this event, the student must provide the person collecting their results, with a dated and signed letter that gives them the appropriate authority to do so. The letter must state the full name of the person collecting the results and that they have the student's full permission to do so. The nominated person must then attend the College, with the letter and formal photographic proof of their identity, such as a driving licence or passport. It is very important to note that public examination results will not be given to a third party unless they have the appropriate written permission from the student concerned and can provide the required photographic proof of identity.
Collection of certificates
We are bound by JCQ’s regulations, which stipulate that certificates need to be collected in person and signed for. We are unable to post certificates.
Any student who is unable to collect their certificates in person may nominate someone to collect them on their behalf. In this event, the student must provide the person collecting their certificates, with a dated and signed letter that gives them the appropriate authority to do so. The letter must state the full name of the person collecting the certificates and that they have the student's full permission to do so. The nominated person must then attend the College with the letter and formal photographic proof of their identity, such as a driving licence or passport. It is very important to note that public examination certificates will not be given to a third party unless they have the appropriate written permission from the student concerned and can provide the required photographic proof of identity.