Following A-Level results day last week when student results in England and Wales were set by an algorithm used by exam regulator Ofqual to distribute grades, after the cancellation of exams amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has now announced that A-level and GCSE students in England will be given grades estimated by their teachers unless the computer algorithm gave a higher grade.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “I am sorry for the distress this has caused young people and their parents but hope this announcement will now provide the certainty and reassurance they deserve.”
Plymouth College of Art will continue to work closely with UCAS and all of our applicants to ensure that you get the best possible outcome in light of these changes. We will update this page with new information whenever it becomes available. Please keep in touch with our Admissions team on 01752 203 402 if you have any questions or believe that these changes will affect your application.
We are aware of the recent Government announcement regarding revised exam results and how this may affect applicants and offer holders. We do not want anyone to be disadvantaged by the situation and are receiving regular updates from UCAS, who are now working with examination awarding bodies to pass on any revised grades to us as quickly as possible.
For our pre-degree applicants, please send your results to email@example.com when you get them; our guaranteed offer of a place with Plymouth College of Art for you remains.
We know that you will likely have additional enquiries for us, and we're on hand to help, but please bear with us during this busy period as we continue to receive further information.
If you have questions about our courses, qualifications and entry requirements, how to apply for 2021 or about your current application to Plymouth College of Art, get in touch with our Admissions team on 01752 203 402 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Degree results update – 20/08/20
For grading our creative Level 2 qualifications, Level 3 qualifications (including our Extended Diplomas) and Foundation Diplomas in Art & Design, UAL Awarding Body asked teachers from Plymouth College of Art to produce Centre Assessment Grades (CAG) based on a wide range of evidence produced prior to closure of the college’s physical campus. This was an entirely new grade judgement produced specifically in light of the situation this year, with significant guidance and flexibility to ensure teachers could access the maximum amount of reliable evidence in arriving at a grade.
The model used by UAL did not use algorithmic adjustments to Centre Assessment Grades to bring them in line with an expected or preferred pattern, unlike the majority of national A-Level grades last week. Because of the balanced and robust method used by UAL Awarding Body to grade students this year, the A-Level equivalent qualifications and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design qualification grades are currently “not in scope for a fallback to the Centre Assessment Grades produced prior to the quality assurance process”.
Students from our Palace Court and Palace Studios campus can be confident with the UAL grades that they have received. Thanks to a robust moderation process and the hard work of teachers at Plymouth College of Art, on A-Level results day all students at Palace Court received the same grades that had been recommended by their tutors, with no changes. UAL Awarding Body does not expect to receive any further changes to Government guidelines around the grades awarded, but if any guidance changes we will update this page. For more info on grading this year from UAL, please click here.