Students will be able to sit the full set of their GCSE and A-level exams in the autumn if they wish to improve on their calculated coursework grades.

Exam regulator Ofqual published today the outcome of its consultation on exam guidance and arrangements for appeals this summer.

Exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak and students will instead receive calculated grades in GCSEs, AS and A-levels this summer.

But in a statement posted on the Government website, Ofqual said: “Exam boards must make exams available in all GCSE, AS and A-level subjects in the additional autumn series and we are therefore varying our normal rules that allow exams only to be held in May and June.

“Exam boards must base results on students’ performance in exams alone and not on any non-exam assessment, with the exception of art and design qualifications.

“Exam boards must issue replacement certificates for the summer results if students request this. The exam boards must adopt the normal arrangements for reviews of marking and appeals.”

Ofqual said among the 3,500 responses to its consultation, the majority of participants wanted the exam regulator provide the full suite of exams.

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual, said: “We, and exam boards, are committed to helping students and their families understand how to access an appeal or make a complaint about bias, discrimination, or another concern.

“We will provide accessible information and have a helpline available to students and their parents or carers to talk about the appeals process and any other questions they may have about their results this summer.”

More updates to follow…