Coronavirus and summer 2020 exams

The latest information from AQA on coronavirus and summer 2020 exams.

Due to the coronavirus, there won’t be any AQA exams this summer in the UK or overseas.

We’re working tirelessly with regulators, government and other exam boards to make sure young people who were due to take exams still achieve the qualifications they need to progress to the next stage of their lives – and that all the hard work our students and teachers have already put in is properly rewarded.

We’re here to support you through these extraordinary times, and we’ll be updating this page with the latest information and advice as soon as it’s available.

This – like the coronavirus itself – is an unprecedented situation for all of us. But our commitment to helping young people to realise their potential hasn’t changed, and never will.

Please do take care of yourself, your family and friends.

Mark Bedlow

Chief Executive

How will we award grades this summer?

The Department for Education has announced the following details, along with a useful set of questions and answers.

  • Regulators will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with us and the other exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.
  • Exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
  • To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. Clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges soon.
  • Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
  • Regulators and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach, to ensure that it’s as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.
  • The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.
  • In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.
  • We’ll also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students aren’t disadvantaged.
  • Students will be able to appeal their grades if they don’t believe the right process has been followed.
  • There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to. Students may also choose to sit exams next summer.

What happens next?

Ofqual expects to publish detailed information about the process for GCSEs, AS and A-levels in the week beginning 30 March. This will include the steps for teachers to follow and detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence available when submitting grades.

By Easter, Ofqual will also outline the process for making sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as their proposals for appeals.

Answering your questions

We’re sorry if you’ve been trying to contact us and have had to wait longer than usual for answers to your questions.

Our customer service team is facing many of the same challenges facing many organisations right now, but they’re working hard to support you through this unprecedented situation and will help as soon as they’re able to.

Private candidates

We’ve been getting quite a lot of questions from private candidates who are understandably concerned about how the arrangements for the summer will work for them. The sector is still working hard on this so, while we don’t have the answers right now, we’ll have them soon.

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This page was last updated on 27 March.