Vocational and ‘Other General’ Qualifications: Assessment arrangements announced
Vocational and ‘Other General’ Qualifications: Assessment arrangements announced

24/02/2021

The UK Government has today outlined its plan for how students doing Vocational Qualifications will receive their grades this summer. You can read the Education Secretary’s full statement here.

The key points from the announcement:

  • Students studying vocational qualifications that are often taught alongside GCSEs and A levels on one or two year courses, will also receive grades assessed by teachers rather than sitting exams.
  • Teachers will be able to draw on a range of evidence when determining grades, including the optional use of questions provided by exam boards, as well as mock exams, coursework, or other work completed as part of a pupil’s course, such as essays or in-class tests.
  • Exams and assessments will continue in VQs where they are needed for students to demonstrate the necessary professional standard in an occupation
  • Results days for GCSE, A level and some vocational qualifications will take place in the week of 9 August 

For information on the assessment route for WJEC Vocational and ‘Other General’ qualifications (non GCE/GCSE) – please see our Vocational and Other General Qualifications Assessment Guide.’

Our teams continue to be on-hand to provide support and guidance to teachers and lecturers, and we will share further information and updates on our website and social media as soon as possible.