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We realise that many schools have questions about carrying forward marks. To help you understand the decisions we have made in this area because of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have described a range of situations below, and the rules that will apply. We have also produced an infographic to make the rules clearer.
Each of these situations can apply either to an individual component (for Cambridge IGCSE or O Level) or to a set of components that make up the AS Level stage of a Cambridge International A Level syllabus. These rules do not apply to Cambridge Pre-U, for which we will issue separate instructions.
In the June 2020 series, Cambridge International will award grades to students for each syllabus in which they have been entered. These grades have the same currency and value as grades we award in any other series in any other year. On 7 April, we published the process for awarding grades here.
One necessary change for June 2020 is that we will issue grades but not calculate marks. This does not affect the value of the qualification, because a grade is the standard outcome of our exams, and the outcome universities use to assess student applications.
For students who want to carry forward their Cambridge International AS Level result from June 2020 to a future Cambridge International A Level, we have looked at a specific technical challenge: it is the AS Level mark students normally carry forward, not the grade. In the absence of AS Level marks in June 2020, students will receive an AS Level grade but will not be able to carry forward their AS Level result to A Level in the usual way. Therefore, we have put in place alternative arrangements.
Students who enter for AS Level and receive a grade from the June 2020 series may choose to:
For example, if a student obtains a grade C in their AS Level in June 2020, takes A2 components in that subject in June 2021 and performs at the level of grade B, we will award them an A Level at grade B. By the same principle, if a student obtains a grade B in their AS Level in June 2020, takes A2 components in that subject in June 2021 and performs at the level of grade C, we will award them an A Level at grade C. If schools choose to withdraw entries from AS Level in June 2020 by 1 May, we will credit their account for a future series.
You can view a larger version of the image using the Carry forward entries diagram (PDF, 496KB) document.
Candidates with marks from a series before June 2019 will not be able to carry those marks forward to June 2020 or November 2020. This is in line with our usual 13-month rules for carry forwards.
As previously stated, if a candidate has a June 2019 AS Level grade and enters for June 2020, the school can use the June 2019 grade to inform their predicted A Level grade in June 2020 series. If a candidate has a June 2019 AS Level grade, but wishes to take November 2020 A Level exams in the same syllabus, they can carry forward their June 2019 results in the following circumstances:
This is an exemption from our usual 13-month rule.
We will provide you with the entry options for each syllabus that will allow June 2019 marks to be carried forward to November 2020.
Candidates’ work prepared for non-examination assessments, such as coursework or speaking tests in the June 2020 series, may be submitted instead for the November 2020 series. This only applies where the component did not have pre-release materials or early exam stimulus materials that are unique to each exam series. Schools must make sure they have followed the guidance for non-examination assessments (Cambridge Handbook, section 3.4).
This means you will not be able to submit work that was originally produced for June 2020, and which used unique June 2020 stimulus material or exam paper, for a November 2020 entry.
We provide a list of components that use materials unique to each exam series (PDF, 348KB) available in our FAQs. For these components, you will not be able to submit work which was originally produced for June 2020 for a November 2020 entry.
Examples of these components include, but are not limited to:
If the component does not have series-specific materials of this type, candidates can use the work they produce for the June 2020 series for a November 2020 entry. The list of components that do not have series-specific materials (PDF, 367KB) and is also available in our FAQs.