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Results Days 2020 - updated Friday 17th April 

Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education confirmed yesterday that the 2020 Wales results day for AS & A level students, and for GCSE students, will be as originally scheduled.

This means that Wales, Northern Ireland and England will share the results days of 13 August for AS & A Level and 20th August for GCSE.

Following this announcement, the college will be celebrating the results of all level 3 vocational learners and AS/A2 learners on Thursday 13th August and the results of all level 2 vocational and GCSE learners on Thursday 20th August.

https://gov.wales/written-statement-results-day-2020

We will continue to work with relevant examinations bodies to ensure that work undertaken by learners has been assessed fairly and consistently in order to award the appropriate grades.

 

Click here for the latest guidance sent to learners on Friday 3rd April

 

Dear Parent/Carer

Current position in awarding A level grades, vocational and GCSE qualifications, Summer 2020

As many of you may have seen over the weekend, Qualifications Wales have now published further guidance regarding the grade prediction for learners due to sit their exams and complete their courses this summer.

I thought it would be helpful to let you know what, we as a college, are doing to help your son/daughter achieve the best grade they can whilst studying at home. Our key aim is to ensure that all of our learners are treated fairly and have every opportunity to continue to complete and submit work over the next few weeks as follows: 

A2 learners (second year A level learners)

A2 outcomes will be based on grade predictions. These grades will be informed using a range of evidence. The date for submission of these predictions has not yet been setThis means tutors are continuing to work with your son/daughter to set new work, assignments and assessments that will help and enable them to improve their grade profile.

We will let you know as soon as the WJEC announces the deadline for grade predictions and when we will be submitting these.

AS learners (first year A level learners)

AS learners will still receive an AS grade, however it will be calculated using a range of evidence, including teacher assessed grades, and will not contribute to A level results in 2021. Again, our tutors are continuing to work with your son/daughter to set work and assessments as per their AS programme, ensuring that they have every opportunity to achieve the highest predicted grades as possible. 

Next year, AS learners will have two options for their A levels, they can choose to:

    • Either only sit their A2 units with the overall A level grade based on their performance in these A2 units
    • Sit both the AS and A2 units – they will be awarded the best grade from either route

We will work with you and your son/daughter to discuss and determine which of the above options will be the best for them.

We are still awaiting further advice and guidance from the WJEC regarding the predicted grade profiles for learners who are completing AS/A2 in one year and we will come back to you as soon as we receive an update on this.

Vocational learners

If your son/daughter is studying a vocational qualification without exams, e.g. BTEC Public Services, we will continue to work with them until all assignments have been completed as would be usual. Again, we will be working with your son/daughter to ensure that they have every opportunity to submit work and achieve the highest outcomes they can.

For those vocational qualifications with a compulsory practical assessment e.g. CACHE qualifications, Engineering, Construction, Hair and Beauty etc. we are still waiting for further guidance on how your son/daughter will be able to complete the practical element of the course and we will update you on this as soon as we can. Where tasks are able to be completed at home tutors are working with learners to complete these over the next few weeks e,g, Hair and Beauty, learners are being encouraged to upload videos and pictures and samples of their practical work for tutors to mark. 

Whilst we are still awaiting further guidance, we do know that awarding organisations will be flexible in respect of qualification end dates. There will therefore be opportunities for your son/daughter to undertake practical assessments at a later date, so please don’t worry about them not being able to achieve their qualification if they are not able to complete this practical element by June.

GCSE re-sit learners

If your son/daughter is currently re-sitting their GCSE English or maths with us, their outcomes will be based on grade predictions. Tutors will be continuing to work with your son/daughter to set new work, assignments and assessments that will help and enable them to achieve the best grade profile they can.

We will let you know as soon as the WJEC announces the deadline for grade predictions and when we will be submitting these.

Other qualifications and skills

We are still waiting confirmation on the approach being taken for Essential Skills and other qualifications and we will update you as soon as we can on this.

We appreciate that the uncertain and changing situation we are in may be causing some anxiety and worry for both yourself and your son/daughter.

Whilst your son/daughter should be encouraged to engage as fully as they can with the online activities and work being set by their tutors, we are also mindful that we do not want to over burden them and thus cause them any unnecessary anxiety. Please do let their tutor know if they are struggling to cope or require any additional support at this time. We have a dedicated learner support and well-being team who are working remotely to support learners in the best way they can. In addition, we also have a college counsellor, who is accessible on-line via Skype or by telephone to learners. If you feel that your son/daughter would benefit from this support please let their tutor know or contact our Learner Support team directly by emailing Lynne Llloyd, Head of Well-being and Learner Support – l.lloyd@merthyr.ac.uk 

 

Our ultimate aim is for your son/daughter to achieve the best they can and I’m confident that by working together we can support them to engage in their remote studies as best as they can over the next few weeks in order to gain the best grade they can – a grade that appropriately reflects all of their efforts and their performance on their course over the last year.

If you have any questions or would like any further information on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us on enquiries@merthyr.ac.uk

 

In the meantime, we will continue to keep you updated as and when we receive any news or further information from Qualifications Wales via text message, via our social media channels and through our dedicated Website page at:

https://www.merthyr.ac.uk/content/coronavirus-covid-19-update

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Lisa Thomas

Principal

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