Key stage 3 and 4 exam marking, qualifications and results

Regulated qualifications, awarding bodies, assessing, marking, participation and performance, appeals, National Reference Test.


  1. Find a regulated qualification

    Check if a qualification is regulated and what level it is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

  2. Check if an awarding body is recognised

    How to check if the organisation giving you an award is registered and accredited by the exams regulator

  3. Appeal an exam result

    How to appeal a qualification result (GCSE, AS, A level, Diploma or other qualification) or ask for it to be marked again if you think it's wrong

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Infographic: GCSE results, 2018
  2. Performance points: comparing KS4 or 16-to-18 qualifications
  3. Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  4. Infographic: GCSE results 2017
  5. GCSE (9 to 1) subject-level conditions and requirements for mathematics
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News and communications

  1. Letter to heads: Summer exams 2019
  2. National reference test in 2019
  3. Guide to GCSE results for England, 2018
  4. Letter to awarding organisations: Setting and maintaining standards in summer 2018
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Research and statistics

  1. Destinations of KS4 and KS5 pupils: 2017
  2. Understanding KS4 attainment and progress: evidence from LSYPE2
  3. Variability in centre level GCSE results
  4. Appeals for GCSE: November 2017 exam series in England
  5. Special consideration in GCSE and A Level: summer 2017 exam series
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Rules and regulations on teacher involvement in exam development
  2. Assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science
  3. Changes to regulations for enquiries and appeals
  4. Marking reviews, appeals, grade boundaries and Code of Practice
  5. Requirements on setting GCSE (9 to 1) grade boundaries
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Congratulatory letters for schools at key stage 4
  2. Contract for the provision of the National Reference Test
  3. EBacc and non-EBacc subject entries and achievement
  4. Modern foreign language: key stage 3 achievement levels
  5. The official document awarded to students if they achieve the English Baccalaureate
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