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Open letter: GCSE tier entry guidance

Letters to schools and colleges from Chief Regulator Sally Collier about making appropriate entries for tiered GCSEs in 2020.

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Letter to heads: tiered GCSEs in summer 2020

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GCSE combined science in summer 2020

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GCSE MFL in summer 2020

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Chief Regulator Sally Collier has today (Thursday 23 January 2020) written to schools and colleges with advice about making appropriate tier entries for GCSE students. The letters confirm arrangements for awarding higher tier GCSEs in combined science and modern foreign languages (MFL). Schools and colleges should consider carefully which tier to enter students for.

Please note: the letter to heads of modern foreign languages has been updated in the third paragraph to correct a publishing error, which suggested that learners entered for the higher tier who do not perform as well as expected could miss out on 2 GCSE grades. This is the case in combined science GCSE; for MFL the risk only applies to 1 grade.

Published 23 January 2020
Last updated 27 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. The letter to heads of modern foreign languages has been updated in the third paragraph to correct a publishing error, which suggested that learners entered for the higher tier who do not perform as well as expected could miss out on 2 GCSE grades. This is the case in combined science GCSE; for MFL the risk only applies to 1 grade.

  2. First published.