Latest Updates

Please read our announcements below for all the latest policy updates and information. This section will be updated as new developments are announced, so please do check regularly. We appreciate your patience.

 

26/08/2020: Qualifications Wales has published a statement confirming the appeals process

 

20/08/2020: Qualifications Wales Appeals update

 

Results Update

 

Following the announcements from governments and regulators in Wales, England and Northern Ireland on the 17th August regarding the summer 2020 results, the following information now applies.

 

WJEC A Level

Learners will receive the best grade out of their calculated grade, centre assessment grade or their corresponding AS grade. We are processing the results and aim to get updated grades to centres by the end of the day on Wednesday 19 August. UCAS will be informed of updated grades automatically and they will disseminate the information to Universities and Colleges.

 

Eduqas A Level and AS, WJEC AS Level, Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate (Advanced), Level 3 Applied Certificates and Diplomas.

Learners will receive the best grade out of their calculated grade or centre assessment grade. We are processing the results and aim to get updated grades to centres by the end of the day on Wednesday 19 August. UCAS will be informed of updated grades automatically and they will disseminate the information to Universities and Colleges.

 

Please note that due to recent changes in awarding grades, the Welsh Baccalaureate aggregation results have not been updated to reflect the new supporting qualification grades. We will provide further information on when these grades will be updated. Please note that it is the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge certificate (Advanced) that has UCAS points and not the Welsh Baccalaureate certificate.

 

WJEC GCSE, Eduqas GCSE, Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate (KS4 and Post 16 Foundation and National), Level 1/2 Vocational Awards and Certificates*, Level 1/2 Other General Qualifications(Latin and Additional Mathematics) and Entry Level.

Learners will receive the best grade out of their calculated grade or centre assessment grades. Results were issued to centres on schedule on Wednesday 19 August. Results must remain confidential and not issued to candidates until 8am on Thursday 20 August.

 

Please note that due to recent changes in awarding grades, the Welsh Baccalaureate aggregation results have not been updated to reflect the new supporting qualification grades. We will provide further information on when these grades will be updated.

 

*Arrangements for unit results for our Level 1/2 Vocational Awards and Certificates unit results will be issued separately.

 

Language Pathways, Iaith ar Waith, Health and Social Care Principles and Contexts (Wales only)

Learners will receive the centre assessment grades. Results were issued to centres on schedule on Wednesday 19 August. Results must remain confidential and not issued to candidates until 8am on Thursday 20 August.

 

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Results were issued on the 13th August and remain unchanged

 

Entry Pathways

Results were issued on the 2nd July based on centre assessment grades and remain unchanged.

 

Results have been issued to centres as normal by EDI and secure website.

 

Appeals

We are awaiting confirmation to the changes to appeals from regulators and will provide further information at the earliest opportunity.

 

We will continue to update our website with the latest information.

 

Important Update – 18/08/2020: Vocational and other general qualifications

 

Following the announcement by the Minister for Education that candidates entered for GCSE, GCE AS and A Level and Skills Challenge Certificate qualifications this summer will be awarded the higher of their calculated grade or the grade submitted by their centre, we have undertaken an urgent review of our vocational and other general qualifications which are designed to be taken alongside GCSEs and GCE AS and A Levels and which followed a similar approach to determining results.

 

Following this review, we can confirm that results for the following WJEC qualifications will also be awarded on the basis of the higher of the calculated grade or the grade submitted by the centre:

  • Entry Level Certificates in Maths, English and Science
  • Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates in Latin Language and Latin Language and Roman Civilisation
  • Level 1/2 Vocational Awards and Certificates
  • Level 2 Certificate in Additional Maths
  • Level 3 Applied Certificates and Diplomas

This ensures that the approach to awarding grades for our vocational qualifications is consistent with the approach taken for GCSE and GCE qualifications and the Skills Challenge Certificate.

 

Initial results for our Level 3 Applied Certificates and Diplomas were released to candidates on 14th August 2020. We are processing the results and aim to get updated grades to centres by the end of the day on Friday.

 

Results for our Entry Level Certificates and Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications will be released to candidates on Thursday 20th August 2020. These results will reflect the change in approach outlined above.

 

We offer a range of Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) with differing structures and assessment and grading arrangements. This change of approach does not apply to the following qualifications which were calculated using a different method and did not involve statistical adjustments:

  • Entry Pathway qualifications
  • Language Units
  • Iaith ar Waith and Cymraeg Gwaith
  • Essential Skills Wales qualifications
  • Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 17/8/2020 

 

We accept the change in policy issued by Kirsty Williams, MS, Minister for Education today to issue GCSE, AS, A level and Welsh Baccalareate results on the basis of teacher/lecturer supplied Centre Assessment Grades. Though we understand the circumstances affecting the Minister’s decision, we remain confident in the existing standardisation aims and approach, which were aligned to Qualifications Wales’ requirements, and ratified by public consultation.

Our team will now implement this change in policy in the issuing of GCSE and Skills Challenge Certificate grades on Thursday. We are currently preparing reissuing AS, A level and Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate grades to learners following this change in policy. 

 

Most vocational qualifications awarded in Wales are also offered in other parts of the UK. Discussions are on-going to determine the approach to vocational qualifications. Once we have more information to share, we will make it available on our website. We thank you for your continued patience.

 

A level Summer 2020 Results – UPDATE


On Wednesday 12th August, Welsh Government directed Qualifications Wales to pay due regard to Welsh Government’s new policy that A level learners should not receive a grade outcome in a subject in Summer 2020 that is lower than their corresponding AS level grade.

This rule is being introduced after the initial release of results by WJEC to schools and colleges. Therefore, learners receiving their A level grades should look at the grade awarded to see if it is the same, higher or lower than their AS level grade in that subject.

If the grade is lower it will be replaced with the same grade as that received for the AS level. An application for an appeal does not need to be submitted as schools and colleges will be informed of revised grades as soon as possible.

WJEC will use the standardised AS grades awarded to candidates in the June 2020 series to adjust A level grades.

In the initial run of updating grades, AS grades awarded by WJEC in the June 2018, June 2019 and June 2020 examination series will be used to identify each learner’s best AS grade in the qualification. Where a grade is found that is higher than that awarded to that candidate at A level in the June 2020 examination series, the A level grade will be replaced with the best AS grade achieved. These revised grades will be issued early next week by WJEC to schools and colleges.

If a candidate has a better AS grade from another exam board or another examination series, or the initial run does not identify an AS grade, candidates can appeal this via their school or college.


If necessary, learners wishing to progress to Higher Education should contact their prospective university to advise them of the change.  Universities will already be aware of the AS grades awarded as they will have been reported on the UCAS application form. Some learners may have taken AS units, but not made a request to ‘cash in’ for the AS level award. In these circumstances, WJEC will reissue the A level grade as though the AS had been cashed in.

Qualifications Wales has contacted UCAS.