8 January 2021
GCSE and AS/A level, Vocational qualifications, what should you do now?
If you haven’t heard of us before, Qualifications Wales make sure that qualifications in Wales are the best they can be for learners and we make sure that those who create exams and assessments, such as the WJEC, create exams and assessments in an appropriate way and to a high standard.
Following the First Minister’s announcement today (8 January 2021) that most learners will continue to learn remotely until 29 January or possibly even February half term, Qualifications Wales is announcing that the spring internal assessment window for GCSE, AS, and A level, which were planned to take place between 22 February and 23 April, will not take place and new arrangements will be made. This was a new assessment window that was announced before Christmas as part of new arrangements to award these qualifications in Summer 2021.
Why is it changing?
We’ve decided to do this because we don’t think you will have enough time with your teachers or lecturers to prepare for these assessments.
How is it changing?
We are working with a group of head teachers and college leaders, set up by the Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, called the Design and Delivery Advisory Group (DDAG). This group will now be considering the way forward and more detailed information about revised arrangements will be made available shortly. The assessments for some vocational qualifications are still available this January for those who are ready and able to take them. If you can’t sit your exams now, you will have the opportunity to be assessed in the summer.
Chief Executive Qualifications Wales
Mr Gerrard explains the changes in the video below: