GCSE and A Level Appeals Summer 2021

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The Appeals Process

The JCQ has produced two documents outlining the appeals process for Summer 2021

  • JCQ Student Appeals Guide Summer 2021 – What to do if you think there has been an error in your grading – link 
  • JCQ Summer 2021 Student Handout – what to do if you think there has been an error in your grading – link

The following information summarises the procedures to be followed to request a Stage 1 Centre Review and a Stage 2 appeal to an awarding organisation:

Deadlines to submit a request for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the appeals process (See below for further information and the links to the form requesting a Stage 1 centre review and the form to request a Stage 2 review – appeal to the awarding organisation)

Priority appeal

12 August 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 1 – centre review

16 August 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

Non-priority appeal

3 September 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 1 – centre review

10 September 2021– deadline for a student to request a Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

Priority appeals

Priority appeals will be handled more quickly than other appeals, where possible before UCAS’s advisory deadline of 8 September. A priority appeal is only for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice (i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice) and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result. If a student decides not to confirm a firm conditional offer and to go through clearing instead, JCQ cannot offer a priority appeal. Students should inform their intended higher education provider that they have requested a centre review or appeal. Students will need to provide in the request form(s) their UCAS personal ID code which is included in all correspondence from UCAS. This is needed to confirm that a student’s place is dependent on the outcome of the appeal. Priority appeals that aren’t submitted to the awarding organisation by 23 August 2021 will still be treated as a priority but they may not be completed in time for those with a higher education place dependent on the outcome of the appeal.

Appeals Information and Forms

Use the links below to download the required forms for the appeals process:

Summer-2021 Information for Candidates Results Appeals and Certificates – link

JCQ Appeals-Guidance Summer-2021 and request for Stage 1 centre review – link

JCQ Appeals- Stage 2 appeal to awarding organization – link

Forms should be returned to ExamAppeals2021@cchsg.com

 

Exam Procedures review service

This year, the Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS) is in place for students who are concerned about how an exam board managed an appeal against their grade.

The EPRS is an Ofqual process to look at the procedure an exam board followed. Ofqual will not review your work and cannot change your grade, but Ofqual can ask the exam board to look at your appeal again if they think the exam board made a mistake when it issued your grade, or when it considered your appeal.

Ofqual will only look at your case if all the following are true:

  • you have a final appeal decision from the exam board
  • your teacher-assessed grades (TAGs) were decided by a school, college or other exam centre in the UK
  • the grade was for a GCSE, AS, A Level, Advanced Extension Award (AEA), or Project qualification regulated by Ofqual

Further information and the procedure can be found at the following link