Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.



Since the Secretary of State for Education announced that the 2020 exam series in England would be cancelled to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have worked at speed to develop a process which fairly recognises students’ work and makes sure they get their grades in time to progress. You will find on this page details about how qualifications will be awarded this summer, further guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers and an open letter to students who were expecting to be taking their exams this summer.

Published 3 April 2020
Last updated 22 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Changed to include updated guidance documents for centres and for teachers, students, parents and carers.

  2. Guidance for Heads of Centre, Heads of Department and teachers on objectivity in grading and ranking document added.

  3. Guidance for Centres - The awarding of vocational and technical qualifications, and other general qualifications, in summer 2020 added.

  4. Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers document updated to reflect the policy update on year 10 and private candidates.

  5. Update on summer 2020 GCSEs, AS and A level grades for students in year 10 and below and for private candidates added.

  6. Private candidate policy update added.

  7. Guidance for vocational, technical and other qualifications updated to reflect consultation on grading arrangements for summer 2020.

  8. Added a BSL signed version of the letter to students.

  9. First published.