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Changes to qualifications and exams

​​Learners in Wales studying for Qualifications Wales approved GCSE, AS and A levels this year will receive grades determined by their school or college, based on work they have completed over their course. There will be no external assessment or exams.

These learners will have their qualifications awarded through a Centre-Determined Grade model.

Schools and colleges will be able to use a range of evidence to determine the grades to be awarded to their learners, including Non Examinations Assessment elements, mock exams, and classwork. 

In addition, the WJEC will offer a set of adapted past papers which can be used to help assess learning within teaching plans. These will be optional assessment materials but they are intended to provide extra support for teachers and lecturers.

Qualifications Wales have updated their guidance on alternative arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level for schools and colleges.

This includes information about: 
  • How schools will make sure grades are fair across the school or college
  • How schools and colleges should record their decisions on what grade to award learners in each subject in summer 2021
  • How appeals will work
  • Key dates when everything needs to happen
View the Guidance on alternative arrangements for approved GCSEs, AS and A levels (363kb PDF) ​​​​​​​​D​olen allanol yn agor mewn ffenest newydd

Appeals process

Qualifications Wales has confirmed more details about the appeals process as outlined by the Minister for Education.
There will be a three stage process: 
  • Stage 1 - By June schools and colleges will share provisional centre determined grades with their learners. A learner can ask their school or college to review provisional grades and/or check for any errors before they are submitted to WJEC.  
  • Stage 2 – After results day in August, a learner can appeal to WJEC that the grade judgement that their school or college has made is unreasonable and/or a procedural error has been made. 
  • Stage 3 - Following completion of the Stage 2 appeal, learners can request an Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS) review from Qualifications Wales to check whether WJEC has followed their procedures correctly.
More information on the appeals process and routes for private candidates.​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window