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Quality assurance for GCSE, AS and A-level – requirements for samples of students’ work

Published:Friday 23 Apr 2021

Ofqual has now confirmed the quality assurance requirements for samples of students’ work for summer 2021.

Every school and college will be asked to provide samples of student work. Exam boards will ask for evidence from at least:

  • one A-level subject
  • two GCSE subjects, one of which is likely to be either English language or maths.

For each subject, schools and colleges will need to provide all the evidence used to determine the grades of five students.

Schools and colleges that only offer A-levels or GCSEs will only be asked to submit work for those qualifications.

We’ll decide on the subjects and the students (selected from across the grade range, and potentially including private candidates where schools and colleges have accepted them). We’ll be in touch in the week beginning 21 June to let schools and colleges know which subjects and students have been selected.

Ofqual has said, schools and colleges will need to submit this evidence within 48 hours of the request – so it's important that all evidence and records are in good order ahead of that date.

We’ll also carry out sampling for our non-general, vocational, technical and other qualifications once grades have been submitted. We’re still finalising our approach and will publish arrangements soon.

In the meantime, please continue to gather and keep any evidence used to determine the grades.

Read Ofqual's blog about Quality Assurance.

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