Congratulations to all of the 10,000+ learners from the 350+ schools and colleges across the UK who will all be receiving their RSL VQ results on Thursday 13th August 2020!
As a response to the COVID crisis, all exams due to take place in schools and colleges this summer were cancelled. Ofqual was tasked with establishing two temporary regulatory frameworks – one for General Qualifications (GQs) and one for Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs).
Each awarding organisation was tasked with adapting their own qualifications in line with the Ofqual framework. Please watch the video and keep reading below for more information on how results were awarded this academic year.
Where can I access my results?
All results will be released directly to Schools, Colleges and Training Providers on Thursday 13th August. Your centre will share these results and be on hand to discuss them with you. We cannot give out grades over the phone or by email.
Have my grades been adjusted?
Very few grades have been adjusted through the processes this academic year. All adjusted grades have been agreed by teachers at centres.
We have communicated all Level 3 grades to UCAS. If you have a concern about progression into Higher Education, please contact UCAS directly.
How did we make sure grades were correct?
Firstly, we consolidated what had already been achieved by learners this academic year. Many centres had lots of learner work that had already been looked at by RSL. This work was used as the starting point for grades in 2020, we called them ‘Banked Grades’.
We asked centres to estimate the grades learners would have achieved for the rest of the qualification. Teachers estimated grades for individual learning outcomes, not at qualification level, giving a much more detailed picture of student performance. These were called ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ or ‘CAGs’ for short.
Using a combination of ‘Banked’ and ‘Centre Assessment’ grades we were able to come up with accurate grades for each learner's qualification
We checked the centre assessment grades against the banked grades already achieved by learners – looking for anything unusual, such as large differences between the banked grades and centre assessment grades.
We also checked every centre’s results and compared them to their previous awarding to see if there were any noticeable changes in achievement.
We asked centres whether they agreed with our judgements and gave them the opportunity to supply further evidence to support learner grades.
We asked centres to agree where grades were moderated up or down and sign this off as being an accurate representation of that learner’s achievement.
At the start of the process we reserved the right to change grades further, should the results look very different from previous years. However, we are happy to report that due to the level of evidence available from learners we did not need to use this step and no additional grade adjustments were required.
As such, we are pleased to say that we have not made adjustment to learner grades this academic year.
This has been a very unusual academic year and because of that, we understand that learners may have concern over the results they receive.
If an individual learner is unhappy with the grades they receive, there are two options available.
Firstly, an autumn assessment window.
At the start of the next academic year, we will let centres know how they can run extra assessments in the autumn. It will be up to the centre whether they make this opportunity available.
The second option is to appeal the grade on the grounds that something went wrong in the process followed (not the result itself).
How can I appeal?
- You should speak to your school or college if you think you might have reason to appeal. Schools and colleges can submit an appeal on your behalf.
- Remember that if you appeal your grade, it can go up, down or stay the same.
- If you are unhappy with the outcome of the appeals process, you can make a complaint to Ofqual.
- If you have concerns about bias, discrimination or something else that suggests that your school or college did not behave with care or integrity when determining a centre assessment grade or providing evidence to the awarding organisation, you should normally raise these concerns with your school or college in the first instance, if you still have concerns you can raise this directly with us at RSL Awards (please find our contact details below).
What can be appealed?
- Centres can appeal on behalf of learners on the basis that it has used incorrect information or that procedures were not followed properly and fairly in arriving at a calculated result.
- Individual learners and/or groups of learners may also appeal on the basis that the centre has failed to follow a procedure properly and fairly, including any issue in relation to bias or discrimination on the part of a Centre in following a procedure.
- Appeals will not be considered from individual learners about the professional judgements of individual teachers, tutors or trainers which have been taken into account in the calculation of a result.
Here are a list of links to further useful resources:
- More information on RSL’s approach to certification can be found here...
- To download the RSL VQ Centre Guide to Certification for academic year 2019/20 follow this link...
- To download the RSL VQ Centre Summary of Actions Document for Academic Year 2019/20 follow this link...
- The RSL Awards appeals policy for VQ Summer 2020 can be downloaded here...
- Ofqual guidance on Awarding Qualifications in Summer 2020...
- An Ofqual guide to vocational and technical qualifications awarded in 2020...
- An Ofqual Blog on VTQ in 2020 can be accessed here...
- UCAS Tarif Point Calculator can be found here...
If the above does not address your particular issue, please contact our VQ Team directly:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 0345 460 4747 (option 2)
To all learners reading this: please speak to your centre directly and they will guide you through the process outlined above.
The RSL Team