WJEC has been asked by the Welsh Government to develop an alternative certification model for A levels, GCSEs, and the Skills Challenge Certificate.
Relevant to

For every GCSE, AS, A level, and Skills Challenge Certificate qualification, each school will be required to submit: 

  • a centre assessment grade for each student. This is the professional judgement of the subject teachers, about the grade that you are most likely to have achieved if you had sat exams this summer. 
  • the rank order of students within each grade, for each qualification 

This is to ensure you have a fair and justifiable grade. As this is a regulated grade, universities and colleges will treat your grades the same as any other grade achieved in previous years.

You can read more on qualificationwales.org

The Welsh Government also has:

Year 12 AS level students

In Wales, as well as being stand-alone qualifications, AS levels also contribute to A level qualifications. AS units are usually taken in year 12, with A2 units taken in year 13.

This year’s AS students will still receive an AS grade. However, it will be calculated using a range of evidence, including teacher assessed grades.

In summer 2021, current AS students will have two options for their A level award. They will choose whether to:

  • only sit the A2 units, with the A level grade based on their performance in the A2 units
  • or sit both the AS and A2 units. They will be awarded the best grade from either route

Read more on the Welsh Government website.

Year 10 students

Year 10 students who were due to sit exams that would have led to a GCSE this summer will be issued a grade in the same way as those in Year 11. The grade will be based on evidence including teacher assessments during the academic year to date.

Those who were due to sit units that will lead to GCSE results next summer will not receive a unit result. Instead, those students will have two choices, to either:  

  • sit only the units they plan to take in summer 2021, with their GCSE grade based on that performance only
  • or sit the year 10 units in summer 2021, along with the year 11 units. They will be awarded the best grade from either route

Read more on the Welsh Government website.

Information for independent candidates

Where centres have accepted entries from ‘private candidates’ (students who are home-schooled, following distance-learning programmes, or studying independently) those students should be included where the Head of Centre is confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of the student’s achievement to make an objective judgement. Qualifications Wales is currently exploring the options for those students for whom this is not possible and who need results for progression purposes. 

For full details, visit the Qualifications Wales website.

Read our guidance for independent students.

What does this mean for your application?


Other qualifications 

If you are taking other qualifications, you might have questions about how these will be assessed and how grades will be awarded. The table below will give you an indication of the latest updates from the awarding organisations. If yours isn't listed, or you need more information, we recommend you contact the awarding organisation directly and they will be able to give you the most up-to-date advice.

We recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to complete their assessments. If you do not feel your calculated grades reflect your expected performance, you will have the opportunity to appeal or you may choose to sit your assessments at the earliest reasonable opportunity. If you do this, you should be aware that taking your assessments later may impact you progressing to university in September as planned. 


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