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Examinations

  • General Information

    Please see our information booklet using the link below:

    Ysgol Aberconwy Students Examination Information Booklet

    Public Examinations

    Last year’s results are distributed when the Government Tables of Examinations results are published. Each year the majority of our Year 13 students continue their studies at Universities and Colleges of Further Education.

    Exams Years 10 - 13

    If a pupil has studied a subject and been entered on an examination, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure they attend school and sit it. Should a pupil miss the examination without a justifiable reason (agreed by the Headteacher) the entry fee must be paid by the parent.

    Numeracy & Literacy Exams

    All pupils in Years 7-11 sit examinations as appropriate. In Year 11 all pupils sit mock examinations during the Autumn Term. The school prepares all pupils to enter for public examinations. See more information for parents & carers from the Welsh Government here

    Good Exam Nutrition

    When you're busy revising and thinking about your exams, it's easy to forget about eating healthily and to just reach for the nearest piece of food. Eating properly is just as important as revising properly. It can actually help you to revise better. Like revision, eating healthily should start well before your exam but – also like revision – it's never too late to start!

    Download these good exam nutrition tips.

  • JCQ Candidate Information Documents

  • Exams 2021

    We realise that the current circumstances around GCSE, AS and A Level results will be causing students and their parents significant anxiety at the moment, and so we want to try and keep you up to date with developments as they occur.

    Please check back here regularly to see if there have been any changes to the current situation.

    As this is a rapidly evolving situation, please click here to access the most up to date information from the Welsh Government, WJEC and our other partners in education regarding school closures and examinations.

    Released 20/1/21

     

    Click here to see the Qualifications Wales Guide Summer Guide to Exams 2021

    Covers the following subjects/courses:

    GCSE

    · AS Levels

    · A2 levels

    · Welsh Baccalaureate

     

    Click here to see the Ofqual Student Guide to Awarding Summer 2021

    Covers the following subjects/courses:

    Level 2:

    · WJEC Vocational Construction

    · BTEC Performing Arts

    · BTEC Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education)

    · BTEC Creative Media Production

     

    Level 3:

    · WJEC Eduqas – A Level Film Studies

    · OCR – Health & Social Care

    · WJEC Applied Business and Medical Science – Certificate and Diploma

     

    Click here to see the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Guidance

    Covers the following subjects/courses:

    BTEC Level 3 qualifications

    Year 12:

    · Applied Law Certificate. (National Extended Certificate in Year 13)

    · Public Services Subsidiary Diploma (at Ysgol Bryn Eilian) (Diploma in Year 13)

    Year 13:

    · Music

    · Performance

    · Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education)

    · Public Services

    · Creative Media Production

    · Engineering

    · Sport

    · Information Technology

    · Sports and Exercise Sciences

     

    Click here to see the latest document from WJEC.

    Information for Students and Families on Qualification Grades, the Centre Review Process and Grade Appeals 2021

     Grades for your qualifications in summer 2021 are based on Centre Determined Grades (also known as Qualification Teacher Assessed Grades for BTEC qualifications). It is important to realise that the grade is a holistic judgement based on the balance of evidence that demonstrates your level of attainment. As with other processes this year, the appeals process is an exceptional arrangement resulting from the cancellation of examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The situation is confused by the fact that different exam boards have slightly different processes and information in place.  The purpose of this document is to try and summarise everything for you – but if you want to look in more detail at any of the information for a specific exam board, we have placed links to each one on our website for you.

    There are three stages to this year’s review and appeals process:

    • Stage 1 : Centre Review

    You may request a review of the provisional Centre Determined Grade on the grounds that there has been an error in the determination of the grade.  You must identify the reasons why you believe there has been an error in the determination of your grade.  You should be aware that grades can go up or down as a result of a review (and this amendment is binding at this stage);

     

    • Stage 2 : Appeal to the exam board (following completion of Stage 1)

    You may appeal to an exam board on the grounds that the judgement that the school has made is unreasonable and/or a procedural error has been made.  You must identify the reasons why you believe the school has made an unreasonable judgement and/or a procedural error.  You should be aware that grades can go up or down as a result of an appeal to an exam board; and

     

    • Stage 3 : Examination Procedure Review Service (EPRS)

    You may make a request to Qualifications Wales (for WJEC) or OFQUAL (for other boards) for an Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS) to review whether the exam board has followed the required procedures.

     

    Here is a timeline of the main events between now and September, including details of Stage 1 of the Review process for WJEC qualifications  :

    Deadline

    Exam Boards

    Action

    June 7th -18th

    All

    The school will be completing the evidence gathering process and moderating marking and provisional grades

    Friday June 18th

    BTEC

    OCR

    Eduqas

    We will submit your grades for BTEC, OCR and Eduqas qualifications to the exam boards. You will not see these results until the August results days, and stage 1 and 2 of the appeals process will occur after these dates.  We will let you know how to request a review when we give you your results.

    Monday June 21st

    WJEC

    Provisional Centre Determined Grades for WJEC qualifications will be issued to you via email.  We will also let you know how to request information and reviews indicated below in this email.

    Wednesday June 23rd (3.00pm)

    WJEC

    Deadline for students to indicate a request to see the Learner Decision Making Record (LDMR).

    In line with Qualifications Wales and WJEC procedures, you will have 48 hours to request the decision making record.  You may also request to see a copy of the evidence produced to help determine the grade. However, you would not be able to use other information or data as part of the review and therefore, for the purpose of the Stage 1 review, it will not be possible for a learner to request other information.

    Wednesday June 30th  (3.00pm)

    WJEC

    Deadline for students to provide written request for a grade review.  If you seek a review of a grade, you will be required to demonstrate that an error has been made for the overall grade determined, rather than for individual assessments.  Therefore, having reviewed the information in the LDMR, you should only request a review if you can identify where an error has been made.

    By Wednesday 7th July

    WJEC

    The School will complete Stage 1 review and communicate response to you.  A review at Stage 1 does not involve a remark of the evidence used.  However, at this stage the school will check for any errors in administration, procedure or accuracy of grade awarded against the WJEC grade descriptors and Qualification Assessment Framework.  The school will not be able to consider evidence outside of what has been used to determine the grade. Grades may go down as well as up and post review grades will be submitted to the WJEC. Learners whose grades remain unchanged following the Centre Review process will be provided with information regarding a Stage 2 appeal to WJEC.

    Tuesday 10th August

    All

    AS, A Level, BTEC and Vocational grades will be issued to Y12 & Y13

    Thursday 12th August

    All

    GCSE grades will be issued to Y11

     

    Why is there a Centre Review Process?

    The opportunity to review at Centre (school) level is in place to ensure any errors may be addressed.  This enables students to seek a review where they believe an error has been made in the determination of their grade.  Students will need to state clearly where they believe an error has been made when submitting the review.

    The Centre Determined Grade is a judgement based on a balance of evidence that demonstrates the student’s level of attainment, in line with published WJEC Qualification Assessment Frameworks, mark schemes and grade descriptors.  Therefore, as the primary decision maker in determining the grade, the school has the opportunity to review its decision before any external party plays a part in the appeals process (e.g. WJEC and/or Qualifications Wales).

     

    Why is Stage 1 taking place prior to the end of the Summer Term for WJEC qualifications?

    The appeals process as a whole, requires Centres to provide learners with their provisional Centre Determined Grades before the end of June and for the Centre Review stage of the Appeals process to take place before the end of the Summer Term.  Completing Stage 1 prior to the end of the Summer Term is designed to reduce student anxiety resulting from the potential delay in Higher Education admissions decisions which might occur.  Furthermore, it is designed to ensure the process is deliverable, recognising that schools are closed during the summer holidays.

     

    Appeals beyond Centre Review

    Beyond Stage 1, appeals are managed independently of the school.  However, the school will inform students of their right to request a Stage 2 appeal on completion of the Centre Review and, if requested, will submit the Stage 2 appeal on behalf of the students.

     

    Stage 2:

    Stage 2 appeals may be submitted to exam boards on the grounds of an unreasonable academic judgement, (a Centre Determined Grade will only be considered unreasonable if it is well outside the bounds of reasonable academic judgement and that the evidence cannot reasonably support the grade awarded) and/or procedural grounds.  Students should be aware, that a Stage 2 appeal on grounds of unreasonable academic judgement cannot be submitted unless a Stage 1 Centre Review has been completed.  Students are responsible for outlining the grounds and reasons for requesting the appeal but the appeal must be submitted to the exam board by the school.  It is important for students to understand that the grade can go up or down on appeal at Stage 2.

     

    Please note that the decision of the exam board whether to accept the application for an appeal is based upon:

    1. The validity of the grounds for the appeal as put forward by the learner
    2. Whether a Centre Review has been completed
    3. The timescale of the application
    4. The learners consent.

     

    Please note that the appeal will not consider an alternative grade submitted by the student or whether an alternative grade is reasonable. As the Centre Determined Grade is holistic in nature, the exam board will take a similarly holistic approach to their decision-making. The exam board will not re-mark individual assessments.

     

    Stage 3: Examinations Procedure Review Service

    The Examination Procedures Review Service (EPRS) is a procedural review conducted by Qualifications Wales or Ofqual to check whether an exam board has complied with its own procedures and our regulatory requirements in the award of a qualification.  The EPRS this year will remain focused solely on the exam board’s compliance with regulatory requirements and their own procedures.  The EPRS will not review whether the centre has complied with its own policies or procedures or those set by the exam board for it to follow.  That part of the appeals process will take place at Stage 2 by the exam board.  The EPRS will not review the accuracy of the grading decision and will not change any grades. 

  • Results Days

    A levels results will be published on 10 August and GCSE results on 12 August. 

  • Certificates

    The results sheets you receive on Results Day are NOT your actual certificates.

    If you have any queries about your results, please contact your subject teacher as soon as possible.

    Collection dates for GCSE and A Level certificates will be posted on this website. When applicable, collections can be made from the school reception from this date during term-time mornings only please.

    Collecting Examination Certificates 

    BTEC, GCSE, AS level and A Level certificates can be collected from the school reception, Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm during term time. 

    Students can collect their certificates in person or nominate somebody to collect their certificates on their behalf. All certificates will need to be signed for. 

    Under regulations, we are authorised to keep certificates for a minimum of 12 months from the date of issue. After 12 months, any unclaimed certificates can then be destroyed in a confidential manner.  We have certificates from 2017 onwards.  

    Certificates are valuable documents as they are the official record of exam results and should be looked after very carefully. The school cannot provide replacements if they are lost; you must request replacements from the exam boards directly, for which they charge a fee. 

    Please contact the Examination Officer:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to check that we have your certificates or for information on qualifications for previous years. 

     

  • National Tests