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GCSE & Access to HE Qualifications Grades 2020


The government made the decision last month to cancel all GCSE and A level exams this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week the QAA – The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education – also announced changes to the way Access to HE courses will be graded.

On 3 April Ofqual – The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation – announced that schools and colleges (including Leicester College) should tell them what grades we think students would have achieved if the summer exams had taken place.

We are being asked to take in to account a range of evidence, including tests, homework, coursework and mock exams when deciding on grades.

We are not allowed to tell students what grades we have given them.

Results are expected no later than the planned dates in August. Affected students will be able to challenge their grades if they think they may have done better. There are proposals for alternative exams in the autumn.

You can read the full guidance from government by clicking on the links below. We will send you more details when they are available.

It is important to complete any assignments and work that you are set by your lecturers and tutors.This will help to make sure that you understand topics well and are in the best position possible, and are confident to progress – whether that is on to another course at Leicester College, move into higher education or start your career.

If you have any queries specific to your course please contact your tutor directly. If you have a general query you should email

NOTE: this information about grades relates only to students enrolled on a GCSE qualification or an Access to HE course. Students on vocational courses, such as technical qualifications and BTECs, and functional skills courses must continue to submit course work. This work will continue to count towards final grades.

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