The information below has been updated with the following subject information updates (both published on 23 April 2021):
We have updated our guidance for vocational qualifications (excluding Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals) following two consultations on the arrangements for assessment and awarding of VTQs in 2020-21:
Each VTQ will be placed in a category and each category will have a different approach to awarding in 2021. We have provided information on the categories our qualifications fall under below:
Category A is for VTQs that assess occupational or professional competency, proficiency, or act as a licence to practise, where it would not be safe to award these qualifications using alternative evidence, such as teachers’ judgement. Results will be issued on the basis of evidence from exams and other assessments. We can continue to use adaptations and consider further adaptations where necessary, to assist with the ongoing impact of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Category B has different approaches to awarding but the common factor across these qualifications is that results may be determined using alternative approaches to awarding, including the use of teacher assessed grades (TAGs). This is because the issue of results to learners for these qualifications must be prioritised even where exams and internal assessments do not take place. Category B has two sub-groups, B1 and B2, that have different approaches.
The qualifications listed below are in Category B1:
Some centres will deliver these qualifications across the same academic timeline as a GCSE. This is to enable students to achieve an alternative qualification over the same timeline as a GCSE. The ongoing disruption caused by the pandemic may impact student’s ability to complete sufficient units to achieve a qualification by the end of the year.
Adult learners who take these qualifications may have a greater benefit from the experience of taking the assessment to help with progression into employment.
Exams and moderation will continue to be available. Centres should continue to deliver teaching and learning. We encourage you to continue to complete and submit units for assessment and to consider a TAG as a last resort, if assessment cannot be completed.
When assessment cannot be completed, a unit-level TAG is available for units due to be completed between 01 August 2020 and 31 August 2021. Unit TAGs are available to students certificating this summer and those certificating after this summer.
The qualifications listed below are in Category B2:
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