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We realise that many schools have questions about carrying forward marks. This webpage will help you understand the decisions we have made because of the impact of Covid-19.
It is important that you enter candidates for the right entry option. Use our interactive guide to help you decide which entry option is right for your candidates.
In 2021, our usual rules for carrying forward the marks from non-examination assessments, such as coursework and speaking tests, apply. Candidates may only carry forward marks within 13 months.
For the June 2021 series, this means marks can be carried forward from the November 2020 series only. Carrying forward from the June 2020 series is not possible because there were no candidate marks. Our usual rules do not permit carry forwards from a March to a June series. See more information in the Cambridge Exams Officers’ Guide.
You must make sure you follow the guidance for non-examination assessments (see section 3.4 of the Cambridge Handbook).
For candidates with AS Level results from a series other than June 2020, our usual rules for carrying forward marks apply. Candidates may only carry forward marks within 13 months. Our usual rules do not permit carry forwards from a March to a June series. See more information on the carry forward page of our website.
For candidates with AS Level results from the June 2020 series, we have provided an alternative route so that candidates can progress with their A Level qualifications, if they received their AS results in the June 2020 series. This is known as the ‘A2-only’ route and is explained in detail below.
In the June 2020 series, we awarded grades to candidates for each syllabus in which they were entered. These grades had the same currency and value as grades we award in any other series in any other year.
We did not calculate marks. This did not affect the value of the qualification, because a grade is the standard outcome of our exams, and the outcome universities use to assess applications.
We understand that some candidates want to carry forward their AS Level result from June 2020 to a future A Level. However, candidates normally carry forward the AS Level mark and not the grade. As we did not calculate AS Level marks in June 2020, candidates are not able to carry forward their AS Level result to A Level in the usual way. Therefore, we are providing an alternative route to A Level for candidates who had a June 2020 AS Level entry, known as the ‘A2-only’ route.
The A2-only route does not take into account the grade the candidates received in June 2020 (A*–U). You can enter candidates for the ‘A2-only’ route by using the option code for the ‘June AS carry forward’ option when you make your entries.
To make sure the standards of all routes to A Level are comparable we:
We would like to reassure you that candidates are not advantaged or disadvantaged by following the A2-only route.
Candidates who take exams in June 2021 will be able to carry forward their AS Level marks to future exam series as normal.
Candidates in a country or region where exams cannot go ahead in June 2021 will receive school-assessed grades for AS Level. For these candidates, the ‘A2-only’ route to A Level will be available in the November 2021, March 2022 and June 2022 series, so that candidates can progress with their A Level qualifications. There is information about the A2-only route above ‘Background to the A2-only route’.
The A2-only route is not available to candidates with AS Level exam marks from the June 2021 series.
Candidates entering an A Level syllabus in June 2021 who were entered for the same syllabus in June 2020 are eligible for the ‘A2-only’ route. You can enter candidates for the ‘A2-only’ route by using the option code for the ‘June AS carry forward’ option when you make your entries. You cannot use the A2-only route if there is no ‘June AS carry forward’ option for the syllabus, for example if the syllabus is new or discontinued in 2021.
Some candidates will have AS Level results from the June 2020 series, and AS Level marks and grades from other exam series. If you enter a candidate for a ‘best of both’ (‘all routes’) entry option in the June 2021 series, we will prioritise marks and grades from other the exam series over grades from the June 2020 series. This is because the AS Level marks are a stronger piece of assessment evidence.
For example, if a candidate has an AS grade from the June 2020 series and AS marks from the November 2020 series, we will calculate the candidate’s A Level grade using the November 2020 AS marks and June 2021 A2 marks.
If your candidates have previous AS Level results from June 2020 only, you should enter these candidates for either the linear option or ‘June AS carry forward option’, not the ‘best-of-both’ option.
We will calculate A Level grades for linear route candidates (those taking both AS and A2 Level components in the same series) as normal. This is based on candidate performance in the AS and A2 Level components in the June 2021 series.
In countries where we provide a Percentage Uniform Mark (PUM), candidates who only have AS Level results from the June 2020 series should be entered as linear route candidates. We cannot generate a PUM for candidates taking the A2-only route.
The ‘A2-only’ route was available to eligible candidates in the November 2020 series.
Where candidates had previous AS Level marks relevant to their entry option in the November 2020 series, these were used to calculate the candidates’ A Level grades, rather than the A2-only route. In the November 2020 series, this included AS marks from the June 2019 series, outside of the usual 13-month window for carrying forward.