Y13 Autumn 2021 Mocks
Timetable can be found here
You will be aware that the GCSE, BTEC and A-Level exams have been cancelled for this summer examination series and instead will be teacher assessed using ‘Teacher Assessed Grades’ (TAGs).
The UTC’s policy on the awarding of Teacher Assessed Grades is now available: SSMWUTC Centre Policy.
This explains the process by which grades will be awarded to students in Years 11 and 13 in the absence of the formal GCSE and A Level exams. The UTC will be using a range of evidence to generate an overall grade. The policy adheres very closely to the model policy generated by JCQ.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has also published its guidance for schools on the process for awarding grades this year: JCQ Guidance on the determination of grades for A-levels and GCSEs
Student guide to awarding: summer
2021 from Ofqual
On 10 May 2021 Ofqual released a downloadable guide for students on how GCSEs, A levels and Vocational and Technical Qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2021.
This outlines the arrangements in place for awarding grades in summer 2021, and where students can go for additional information. Details on Vocational and Technical Qualifications can be found from page 11.
Additionally, JCQ and the exam boards have produced a timeline infographic, which includes guidance on, what has happened so far, what happens next and receiving grades.
Results Day 2021
Today (Friday 6 August 2021), JCQ and the exam boards have published the following links:
The guide provides an overview of what students should do if they think there has been an error in their grading. It highlights some important dates they need to be aware of now. It also includes more detailed information about the appeals process including how to request an appeal, some case studies, some FAQs, a glossary and a full list of the qualifications that the guide supports.
The handout is also designed to support students in deciding what to do now when they receive their GCSE, AS and/or A Level results. It outlines what they can do if they don’t have the grades they need and includes a flow diagram to help them decide their next steps
> A-Level/BTEC/CTEC/Diploma: Tuesday 10 August 2021
> GCSE/CNAT: Thursday 12 August 2021
Can’t collect your results in person?
Third Party Collection / Email: Please complete the Results Collection form, prior to Friday 16 July 2021.
Detail for results days will be updated in July. Please note that results will not be given over the phone.
Appeals Process 2021
Students who wish to appeal GCSE, A level or BTEC grades awarded in August 2021, please refer to the Appeals Process Guidance - link here for further information and instructions.
Exams Guidance for Students and ParentsGo
Permitted Exam StationaryGo
JCQ Information for candidates - Written examinations
JCQ - Information for candidates On-screen tests
Instructions for Candiates
Following the release of results, certificates will be issued - normally in November. Certificates are issued when a course has been completed in full. Certificates are not issued where a 'U' grade is awarded. We are legally obliged to hold these certificates only for 12 months after issue.
If you left Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC in the past year and did not collect your examination certificates, you can collect your certificates from the School Reception 08:45 – 15:45. Please check the Exam Boards for the subjects you sat to ensure you collect all your certificates.
If you are unable to collect your certificates, please submit the form from here
Mislaid your certificates and/or left school many years ago?
Exam certificates are unique documents and cannot be replaced if they have been mislaid or purposefully destroyed. In these circumstances, you need to contact the Exam Boards directly to obtain written confirmation of your grades (they will charge a fee for this). In most cases, you will have taken exams with several of the Exam Boards and, if you left many years ago, the names of the Boards may have changed, since several have merged or rebranded in recent years.
We use four main Examination Boards (also called Awarding Bodies): AQA, Pearson, OCR and WJEC/Eduqas. All Exam Boards have websites where students and parents can find information on courses, assessment material, past papers, exam timetables, grade boundaries and much more.
Please see Exam Subjects and Boards for the Awarding Bodies and course codes at Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC.
Access Arrangements for Exams
Some students may require additional support when taking their exams.
Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC bears in mind that it has a duty towards students with learning difficulties and disabilities to make reasonable adjustments to examination arrangements.
Access Arrangements are organised in advance of an examination and are based on evidence of need and a child’s normal way of working. Access Arrangements fall into two distinct categories: some arrangements are delegated to centres, others require prior JCQ and Awarding Body approval.
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. For example, extra time, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. Most arrangements are made on the basis of tests carried out by a specialist which measure speed, accuracy and/or comprehension. If the standardised score obtained is in the below average arrange, and therefore less than 85, a student may be entitled to extra time, a reader and/or the use of a word processor. Other specific arrangements are made for students with short or long term difficulties as necessary and dependent on their needs.