Awarding in 2021

In this section you will find all the latest information on how qualification grades will be awarded to learners in Wales in summer 2021.

Approved GCSE, AS and A levels 

Following the Minister for Education’s policy direction on the assessment approach for Summer 2021, we have confirmed that we will change our regulations for approved GCSE, AS and A levels in Wales to allow grades to be determined by schools and colleges. 

We know that teachers in schools and colleges are eager to know what they need to do to award qualifications in summer 2021. We have published our first document providing them with guidance for alternative arrangements for the award of approved GCSE, AS and A levels. Further guidance will be published shortly. 

We are also keeping learners and their parents informed of all developments. Letters are sent to learners via their schools and local authorities, and copies can also be found in our information for learners section. 

If you are a learner, teacher or parent, you can also visit our frequently asked questions page. There is information here for Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 learners and for private candidates studying for GCSE, AS and A levels. It also includes up to date information about vocational qualifications. 

Vocational qualifications  (VQs) 

The Minister’s announcement does not apply to vocational and technical qualifications, which are being considered separately. 

We are working with the awarding bodies offering Wales-only vocational qualifications to reflect these arrangements in those qualifications. We will continue to work with our fellow regulators in England and Northern Ireland to determine the arrangements for vocational and technical qualifications offered across the UK.