Exams and Assessments 2021

Exams and Assessments Guidance

Ofqual have made available guidance for students taking general, vocational and technical qualifications which outlines the arrangements for awarding this summer. You can read the Student guide to awarding summer 2021 here.


Summer 2021 GCSE exams have been cancelled and student grades will be based on teacher assessment grades (TAGs). Teachers will use evidence of a student’s performance throughout their course to inform their judgement and will determine the grades at the end of the academic year.

Student work will continue to be assessed until grades are determined and students must continue to complete their work. A broad range of evidence will be used across the taught content to determine the grades before being submitted to the exam boards. This will include:

  • Mock papers taken throughout the year and held in exam conditions
  • Work and evidence submitted through Google classroom
  • Completion of Century Tech nuggets
  • We will take into account any additional support requirements as appropriate
  • We will set additional mock exam sessions beginning 17 May 2021. Students must make themselves available to take this assessment.

The exam boards will support with quality assurance in order to ensure grades are consistent.

Students must continue to complete all work until the end of the course and attend all face to face and online lessons as final grades will be calculated using evidence from the whole academic year not just pre-lockdown.

Please see the Ofqual infographics which explain the process of awarding grades in 2021 here.


Some Vocational and Technical courses, e.g. BTECs, NCFE and City & Guilds Technicals etc. will be eligible for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs), using as evidence the work you have submitted this year. However, it is extremely important to be aware that NOT all qualifications are eligible for TAGs. This all depends on which course you are on and the guidelines provided by the awarding organisation for that course.

Please see the Ofqual infographics which explain the process of awarding grades in 2021 for vocational and technical qualifications here.


Results are dependent on formal moderation from the relevant examination bodies with Level 3 BTEC and NCFE results available from 10 August and GCSE results from 12 August. Results for these qualifications will be emailed to students’ college Gmail account over the course of the week.

If you have any queries about results please email exams@bdc.ac.uk if you need further information or clarification.


Further information will be released on completion of the OfQual consultation.