Qualifications 2020 - What we know…

Just in case like us you are struggling to get your head around all the updates here is a quick reference list of what we know…


  • Final results to be released to students tomorrow. These will be based on CAGs or may be the calculated grade if higher.
  • Ofqual has reissued student appeals guidance. The original process still stands and students cannot appeal simply because they disagree with the CAG unless they suspect malpractice or an administrative error. Mock results are not the basis of an appeal either.
  • Based on the data we have from Ofqual for post-16 GCSE results in England, it looks like the pass rate at grade 4 and above has risen substantially for both 16-19 year olds and adults.

17-19 year olds                 Entries          % achieving grade 4 or above (increase over 2019)

GCSE English                       141,419                 37.1% (+10pts)

GCSE Maths                        150,165                    29.7% (+12pts)

20+ year olds

GCSE English                       20,603                     56.7% (+8 pts)

GCSE Maths                        24,904                     53.2% (+11 pts


  • Many BTECs including BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF), BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards, BTEC Level 2 Technicals and BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts will be regraded.  No students should see their grades go down. Pearson request that BTEC Level 1 and 2 results should not be released tomorrow.
  • We do not know when regraded qualification grades will be confirmed but will be pressing for it to be as soon as possible.


  • Technicals will be regraded.  Nationals (KS4) will be released on Tuesday, 25 August.

Functional Skills:

  • Colleges should release the grade returned by the awarding organisation unless otherwise advised. 

A Levels:

  • The final / corrected results should be with centres tomorrow for issuing to students. They will reflect CAGs where they are higher than last week’s grades. If the CAG is lower, the outcome will be the higher grade.