Public Examinations

 

The government have announced that public examinations will take place in summer 2022 for those students in Year 11 and Year 13, taking their GCSE/Level 2 and A Level/Level 3 examinations.

The DfE and Ofqual have released the following information:

“Arrangements have been put in place for summer 2022 to support students and make exams fairer for them. The government has introduced a choice of topics or content in some GCSE exams and exam boards will give advance information about the focus of the content of exams, designed to provide guidance for revision for students ahead of summer exams, and study aids will be allowed in some exams.

As we return to summer exams, in 2022 exam boards will set the grade boundaries based on a profile that reflects a midpoint between 2021 and pre-pandemic grading.

This will provide a safety net for students, to reflect the disruption this cohort have experienced already in their course and recognising the fact that, because of the pandemic, most A level students won’t have taken public exams before.”

We are supporting students in preparing for their examinations, including their trial examinations. Subjects including English Literature, Geography and History have had content changes, which teachers will have shared with their students. These changes can be viewed in detail here: https://gov.uk/proposed-assessmentchanges.

There are some useful additional resources here, including guidance on revision tips and study self care for students: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize-study-support.

There are some useful resources for parents guardians and carers on supporting their child with examinations here: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/exam-time.

The Parents Guide has also provided useful resources on their website here: https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/study-support.


Ofqual’s student guide to awarding: summer 2021

Ofqual have now published their new student guide to awarding: summer 2021. This guide offers support for students taking GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications this year. It is written for students. It contains important advice on where students and their families can go for more information and support, including support for those with mental health concerns.

Click to view: Student guide to awarding summer 2021 


Regulations

Parkside Studio 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.

Students who are due to receive their GCSE examination results on Thursday 12th August will need to collect these from Parkside Studio College between 9:00 and 11:00am. 

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.

The National Careers Service is providing a series of webinars for parents, guardians and carers whose children are receiving results this August, to give advice on options and tips for helping their child prepare for results day.

Click here to book your free place.


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 certificatess 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.


Ofqual New GCSE Grading Structure 

Please see the following links for information about the new GCSE grading structure:
 
 
The Department for Education (DfE) have put together a guide for parents, guardians, carers and students about this summer's process. You can read it here: https://trhat.co.uk/studentgrades-ps/.
 
 

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