Information for Exam Candidates
Post result information for Bassingbourn students
Please read this information carefully
There are two avenues for students to take if they do not feel the grade they have been awarded reflects their abilities
- Take the GCSE exam in the November 21 series
The November timetable is available here: November 21 Timetable
The entry deadline is MONDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
Students must make the exams office aware of their intention to sit any November exam/s using this form: https://forms.gle/yVvSMLRhe9Fa6iAEA
If the deadline is missed the student will be charged the entry fee and the late entry fee. Exam board fees vary but range from £39 – £44. The late entry fee is x2 ie £78 – £88.
- Submit an appeal
There is a two stage appeal process; Centre Review and an Appeal to the Awarding Organisation.
What will be checked during a centre review?
You can ask the centre to check whether it made a procedural error, an administrative error, or both.
A procedural error means a failure to follow the process set out in the centre policy. An administrative error means an error in recording your grade or submitting your grade to the awarding organisation.
Your work will not be re-marked as part of the centre review.
You need to be aware that your grade could go down, up or stay the same. If upheld, the centre will submit a request to the awarding organisation to correct the error and amend the grade.
The deadline to submit a centre review is 31st August. Outcomes will be published on 10th September.
- Appeal to the awarding organisation
What will be checked during an awarding organisation appeal?
You can ask the awarding organisation to check whether the centre made a procedural or administrative error – or whether the awarding organisation itself made an administrative error. You can also ask the awarding organisation to check whether the academic judgement of the centre was unreasonable, either in the selection of evidence or the determination of your grade.
Your work will not be re-marked as part of the awarding organisation appeal.
You must be aware that your grade could go down, up or stay the same.
A centre review will be conducted prior to the centre submitting your request for an awarding organisation appeal.
You must submit an Awarding Organisation Appeal to the Centre by 31st August.
If you wish to make an appeal regarding Music Technology or Health and Fitness please read the documentation referring to NCFE which is the awarding organisation for these two qualifications.
To submit an appeal for a GCSE/BTEC qualification please complete the Review/Appeal form using this link:
This link can also be found on the school website. Go to STUDENTS>Information for exam candidates
If you feel you have multiple grounds for appeal you will need to submit the form for each reason.
Please note that it must be the students who make the review or appeal submission using their Bassingbourn email login, not parents.
Links for Review/appeals Forms
Students must make the application for a review/appeal using their school email logins
Link for form for GCSE qualifications:
Link to form for Appeals to NCFE for VCERT qualifications:
NCFE Post results information for students
November 21 Timetable
Previous information issued to exam candidates 20/21
Teacher Assessed Grading 2021
The information on this page is relevant for all students in Year 11 plus Year 9 and 10 Health and Fitness students.
The government has said that many exams and assessments cannot be held fairly this year as a result of the disruption students have faced due to the pandemic. Teachers will instead submit grades to the exam boards, based on their assessment of what students have shown they know and can do.
There are several pieces of information that students need to be aware of to ensure they are fully informed of the process that will happen over the coming weeks and months.
The centre policy
The centre policy describes how Bassingbourn Village College will apply the guidance issued by JCQ and the exam boards. All exam boards are covered by the same policy, which can be read HERE.
Evidence being used
Subjects will use a combination of historic evidence and information gathered from the latest assessment window (April-May 2021). The evidence selected has been chosen to ensure that a full complement of the assessment objectives which have been taught are covered. Whilst the evidence selected by staff is non-negotiable, if students have concerns about the evidence being used they should speak to their teachers by 7th June to allow for these concerns to be dealt with before the grades are submitted.
The historic evidence being used can be found HERE
The April-May assessment timetable can be found HERE
Students need to be available until 18th June in case additional evidence is needed.
We are conscious that students may have special considerations that need to be made for them as they apply to the historical pieces of work or the new assessments currently being completed. JCQ governs these special considerations and there are strict criteria for evidencing them and the circumstances under which they are allowed; they must have ‘seriously impacted’ upon a student’s ability to complete particular pieces or sequences of work. By clicking here you can complete the BVCSC21 special considerations form to make us aware of any of these circumstances, please note that we can only apply these special considerations where evidence is available, we have the information before grades have been submitted, and where they meet the criteria set out by JCQ.
JCQ and Ofqual guidance
JCQ and Ofqual have produced a range of guidance for parents and students. These can be read here:
Results day for Year 11 is Thursday 12th August. More details about how students can collect their results will be issued closer to the time.
Although everyone will be working hard to make sure students are issued with the correct grades on results day, there will also be an appeals system as a safety net to fix any genuine errors that were not identified earlier on. If a student believes an error has been made in determining their grade, they will have a right to appeal.
There are two stages to the appeals process:
Stage 1: centre review
Stage 2: appeal to the exam board
At both stages of the process the student will need to submit their appeal to the school and give them their written consent to conduct the appeal or submit it to the exam board on their behalf. It’s important to remember that their grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.
More details of the appeals process will appear here once final guidance has been received from JCQ.
General information for all candidates
Using calculators in exams