Awarding qualifications in summer 2021

What schools, colleges and students need to know about the arrangements for awarding GCSEs, AS and A levels, VTQs and other qualifications in summer 2021.

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Applies to England



This guidance outlines the process for awarding grades in 2021 based on teacher assessments.

It covers the:

  • arrangements for undertaking assessments
  • quality assurance and appeals processes
  • awarding process for vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) and other general qualifications
Published 25 February 2021
Last updated 20 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated ‘Other qualifications’ section to clarify how to award functional skills qualifications and English for Speakers of Other Languages Skills for Life.

  2. First published.