A level Retakes Autumn 2021 Sitting
This year has of course again seen massive disruption to the A level examinations due to the coronavirus/ Covid 19. Examinations themselves have been cancelled and grades will be determined by teachers. A level results will be issued to students on Tuesday 10th August 2021. The full guidance from the JCQ for parents and students is available here- https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-cont...
It is likely that for different reasons some students will be unhappy with their teacher assessed grades. Gavin Williamson has said: "This year it is important that students have the opportunity to sit an exam if they wish to improve their teacher assessed grade. The government’s policy is, therefore, that there needs to be a full series of GCSE, AS and A level examinations held in the autumn and I expect Ofqual to make provision for this. Ofqual are currently consulting on what form the autumn exam series may take.
Rochester Independent College will be offering intensive revision and exam preparation for students who choose to take advantage of the autumn sitting to prove their potential. Students will be able to attend these revision courses whether they choose to sit their autumn exams at their previous school, or move to RIC as a fully enrolled student.
We would not recommend retaking in October if a student has received very low calculated grades or centre assessment grades and is seeking grade As. A one year course in these circumstances is likely to be more credible and effective, particularly given the disruption to most students' year 13 study programmes, many will have been out of the classroom for six months. We will be happy to advise about the different resit options.
What Do We Know About The Autumn 2021 A level Exam Sitting?
We are waiting for the results of the Ofqual consultation but summarised below are the main points of the proposal. The full detail of the consultation is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/...
- It’s reasonably certain that, if you’re unhappy with your teacher-assessed grade and appeals are unsuccessful, you will be able, as last year, to sit the exams in the autumn and use whichever grade is higher.
- You will need to have received a teacher assessed grade this summer to qualify for this extra exam series.
- Grades for the autumn exams will only be based on the exams and not on coursework or classwork.
- The exams will be in their usual format and you will sit as many as your course would normally require.
- Normal systems for marking, reviewing marking and appeals will be as in a normal school year.
You will of course also have the opportunity to sit A levels in May/June 2022 if you feel you will not be ready for the papers in October 2021, given the fact you will only have a short period of time to revise and prepare for these. Last year, nationally, 50% of students improved their A level grades in the autumn sitting: https://schoolsweek.co.uk/almo...
One Year A level Courses
Rochester Independent College will also be offering the usual one-year A level resit programme which may be more suitable for students who have a lot of ground to make up in their subjects and would benefit from comprehensive reteaching and even in some cases switching A level subjects.
What short revision courses are RIC offering this autumn for A levels?
A Level Revision Courses will be available for the October 2021 exams in all subjects. Further details will be issued in August but these are likely to include:
- 4 week intensive revision courses
- Boarding places are subject to availability
- Commencing early September
- Modelled on our successful and well-established Easter Revision Courses
- 8 hours a week per subject made up of 4 x two hour lessons totalling 24 hours of tuition.
- Students can study up to 3 subjects
- All subjects offered but places may be restricted based on teacher availability
- All courses to include exam practice and individual feedback on a formal mock, specific to your exam board
Intensive A level exam preparation and revision at RIC
• Very small classes, average 8
• Full College facilities including supervised single room boarding with evening study club and activity programme
• Tutors are the College’s own experienced permanent teachers with proven track records of exam success
• Initial assessment and discussion to ascertain areas requiring attention
• Essential examination skills taught and model answers demonstrated
• Shorter one or two module topic specific courses or individual tuition can be arranged
• Over 35 years’ experience teaching specialist intensive courses
If a student takes A level examinations in the autumn can they still attend UK university next academic year?
If a student does not have a place at a university they wish to enter based on their grades published in August, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to attend a UK university in 2021 based on the results of any exams taken in the autumn, given that it takes many weeks for results to be issued.
If a student wishes to apply to UK university using autumn 2021 exam results they should generally re-apply through UCAS (by 15 January 2022) for entry in September 2022.
Some UK universities offer January entry and if the results of the autumn sitting are published before Christmas students could join these courses then but it is likely, that for the majority, a start in September 2022 is more likely.
Will universities treat me a resit student if I am not happy with my calculated grade and opt to take the autumn exams and reapply?
It's too early to say. Last year universities did not penalise those who opted to take exams in the autumn sitting because they were unhappy with their calculated grades. UCL for example said: "We are happy to consider applicants for 2021 entry should they wish to defer their assessment or are unhappy with the grades they are given in the summer examination result release. Applicants will be required to re-apply and will be considered in competition with other applicants for 2021. However, we will not consider sitting the examinations in the Autumn as re-takes and therefore applicants taking this route will not be disadvantaged in the application process." We will update this page as more information becomes available.