This year, your GCSE and A level grades were calculated by your subject teachers and heads of department, looking at your work and any relevant exams, including mock exams, up to March.  These Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) and student rank order information were submitted to the exam boards in June by your school or college.   Ofqual used the CAG information as part of their algorithm to calculate moderated grades for each subject for each student.  Students have now received both their moderated grade and their CAG for each subject, and if one grade is higher, can use this grade.

The only grounds for appeal against a CAG are if there has been an administrative error, bias or discrimination.  There is no appeal against the professional judgements of centres in assigning CAGs.

Two documents published on 19th and 20th August 2020 by Ofqual provide further information, including advice on appeals:

Can I make an appeal against my A level or GCSE result?

Even if your results aren’t what you were hoping for, you might still be able to move on to the next stage of your education or employment as you had planned. If you have concerns about how your grades were arrived at you should talk to your school or college about your options. It is important to remember that:

  1. You can ask your school or college to check whether it made an administrative error when submitting information to the exam board. Administrative errors might include, for example, mixing up 2 students with similar names, or accidentally copying across the wrong data, but do not relate to the professional judgements of centres in assigning CAGs. If your school or college finds it made a mistake in the information it provided it can ask the exam board to correct it. 
  2. Your school or college can appeal to the exam board on your behalf if it believes the exam board made a mistake when it communicated your grades. 
  3. You cannot challenge your school or college under the appeals process on the centre assessment grades it submitted or your rank order positions. Any appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than your teachers to judge your likely grade if exams had taken place. In the unique circumstances of this summer, we do not believe there is such a person. 
  4. You cannot appeal because your mock result was higher than the grade you were awarded. Your mock grade will have been taken into account in determining your centre assessment grade. You will either receive your centre assessment grade or your calculated grade (whichever is higher). It is important that you speak to your school or college about whether it believes you have a reason for appeal. All appeals must be made by the school or college. This summer, your grade is protected, meaning that it will not go down to a lower grade as a result of an appeal. The deadline for appeals is 17 September 2020.


Autumn exams

There will be an opportunity to take the written exams for any GCSE, AS or A level subject in October/ November 2020Students will be able to use the highest grade for any of their subjects, including autumn exam results and summer results.


In August 2020, Ofqual published the following guidance about GCSE and A level grades:


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