How will student assessed GCSE, AS and A level during the COVID-19 ?

 

Due to the pandermic Coronavirus(COVID-19), many schools and colleges have closed to all except children of critical workers. Equally it has led to the cancellation of the GCSE,AS and A level exams. As a result student expecting to take GCSE, AS and A level will have their exam disrupted in this summer 2021. So many students are wandering how they will face their GCSE, AS and A level  during the COVI-19 ?  Equally individuals will like to know How will student assessed GCSE, AS and A level during the COVID-19 ?

 

Fortunately a consultation was carried out last year between the 2nd July and 16th July basically 2 weeks.

The consultation includes some questions and proposal as follows:

  • Adaptations to exams and assessments that could free up teaching time.
  • Adaptations to exams and assessments to address obstacles that could be created by any public health safeguards.
  • Sampling of subject content.
  • The use of more optional questions in exams.
  • Changing the length of exams.
  • Changing the exam timetable.

You can read the full document here

 

As a result of this consultation, about 28972 responses were received especially from students. Here is a brief and full analysis of those responses.

 

Finally this led to the implementation of of majority of the proposal made in the consultation document.

In summary, these decisions mean that for summer 2021 exam boards:

  • Should change how they assess content in GCSE geography, history and ancient history, as we proposed in our consultation
  • Should change how they assess GCSE English literature, to allow for some choice in the content to be covered. The government, which is responsible for the content of GCSEs, AS and A levels, has decided to allow for this change in light of the responses to the consultation
  • Should not, unless to accommodate subject specific decisions, make greater use of optional questions in exams
  • Should remove the requirement for centres to make a declaration to them confirming they provided all students with the opportunity to undertake a mandated number of days of fieldwork in GCSE, AS and A level geography. The non-exam assessment should be retained at A level but the exam boards should consider how they can be flexible in their requirements for the non-exam assessment to use primary data. We proposed this change for GCSE geography only in the consultation. We have extended this to AS and A level in light of responses to the consultation

Equally

  • Should remove the requirement for centres to make a declaration to them confirming they provided all students with the opportunity to undertake a mandated number of days of fieldwork in GCSE, AS and A level geology and AS and A level environmental science. We have made this decision in light of responses to the consultation
  • Should adjust the observational activity requirements for GCSE astronomy. This would allow students to observe rather than carry out the activities themselves. We have made this decision in light of responses to the consultation
  • Will not be required to change the length, number or format of the exam papers. Except as necessary to accommodate specific changes to the exam and assessment arrangements
  • Should, for GCSEs in modern foreign languages, report the assessment of spoken language as an endorsement alongside the 9 to 1 grade
  • Should allow for a range of adjustments to the assessment arrangements in a number of subjects to accommodate potential public health requirements. For example, GCSE food preparation and nutrition, GCSE, AS and A level music and GCSE physical education.

You can get the brief description and details of the consultation decision here.

Source: https://www.gov.uk.

We sincerely hope that students taking assessment this year have a great experience no matter the circumstances. Equally we hope that each and everyone move to the next stage of their life or career.

Good luck to everyone !!!

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