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We realise that many schools have questions about carrying forward marks. To help you understand the decisions we have made because of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have described a range of situations below, and the rules that will apply.
These situations 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.
To find out more about carrying forward AS Level results or the marks from non-examination assessments, such as coursework, follow the links below.
In the June 2020 series, Cambridge International awarded 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.
For June 2020, 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.
There is a specific technical challenge for students who want to carry forward their AS Level result from June 2020 to a future A Level. The challenge is that students normally carry forward the AS Level mark and not the grade. As students will receive an AS Level grade and not AS Level marks in June 2020 they 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 for candidates who had a June 2020 entry.
Some candidates entering A Level carry-forward options in the November 2020 series will have AS Level results from the June 2020 series, and AS Level marks and grades from other exam series. In these cases, we will prioritise assessment evidence from other exam series, as appropriate to the entry option, over evidence from the June 2020 series. We will combine the AS and A2 Level marks in the normal way when we calculate an A Level grade.
Put simply, we will calculate candidates’ final grades using the strongest assessment evidence that we have.
If candidates have no AS Level marks from a previous exam series applicable to their entry option, we will calculate their grade on the basis of their A2 Level components only – the ‘A2-only’ route. The grade which the candidate received in the June 2020 series will not be taken into account.
A Level grades for linear route candidates (those taking both AS Level and A2 components in the same series) will be calculated as normal based on performance in the AS and A2 components in the November 2020 series.
To make sure the standard of all routes to A Level are comparable we will:
We would like to reassure you that candidates will not be advantaged or disadvantaged by following the A2-only route in the November 2020 series.
If a candidate wants to enter a future exam series via the A2-only route, they can do this regardless of the grade, (A*-U) they received in the June 2020 series. The grade which the candidate received in the June 2020 series will not be taken into account.
You should enter candidates using the relevant entry option e.g. ‘June AS mark carried forward’. You should use the ‘Cambridge Guide to Making Entries’ for the November 2020 series which is available on Cambridge International Direct (Direct).
For syllabuses where there have been changes to component codes between the 2019 and 2020 versions of the syllabus, use the entry option code in the November 2020 ‘Cambridge Guide to Making Entries’ which corresponds to the expected description of components. To help you, some examples are given in the table below.
We will carry-forward the marks from the equivalent carry-forward component from the June 2019 series. For AS and A Level this applies to both staged-route candidates and candidates entering best-of-both A Level options.
82 – June school-based assessment mark carried forward
Carrying-forward non-examination assessment marks from the June 2019 series is not possible for the following syllabuses. This is because of the extensive changes to these syllabuses between 2019 and 2020:
We will not carry-forward AS Level marks from the June 2019 series where carry-forward from a legacy 2019 syllabus to a 2020 syllabus was not permitted (e.g. from legacy 9704 to 9479 in A Level Art & Design).
Where there was no AS syllabus available in the June 2019 series, e.g. 9231 Further Mathematics, we will not carry-forward any AS component marks from the June 2019 series to the November 2020 series.
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.
To support you with making your entries, we have put together some information and examples:
For candidates entering staged-route ‘June carry-forward’ A Level options, we will consider candidates’ AS Level results from the June 2019 and June 2020 series.
Note that we will not carry-forward AS marks from the June 2019 series where carry-forward from a legacy 2019 syllabus to a 2020 syllabus was not permitted (e.g. from legacy 9704 to 9479 in A Level Art & Design). In this case, candidates will be graded using the A2-only route (see scenario 3).
This summary table shows the results we use to calculate a candidate’s final A Level grade:
A ✔ indicates the candidate has a result in this exam series.
Shaded cells indicate the results used to calculate the final A Level grade.
For candidates entering a best-of-both A Level option, we will consider all previous AS Level marks, including from the June 2019 series. We will aggregate the best AS Level marks with the A2 Level marks to calculate candidates’ A Level grades.
The diagram below shows how this works for a candidate entering a best-of-both A Level option. They have AS Level results from three series: June 2019, November 2019, and June 2020.
Linear route: Candidates taking both AS Level and A2 components in the November 2020 series.
Staged-route: Candidates carrying-forward their AS Level result from a specific previous series (e.g. the June 2020 series) and taking their A2 components in the November 2020 series.
Best-of-both route: Candidates taking both AS Level and A2 components in the November 2020 series and who have eligible AS Level marks from a previous series. We use the best combination of eligible AS Level and A2 results.
Some candidates will have June 2019 marks for non-examination assessments, such as coursework or speaking tests, which they intended to carry-forward to the June 2020 series. These marks can be carried forward instead to the November 2020 series, provided that the syllabus has a ‘June carry-forward’ entry option. This is an exemption from our usual 13-month rule. Candidates intending to follow this route should be entered for the ‘June carry-forward’ option for the syllabus in the November 2020 series.
This option is not available:
In some cases, 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 produced for the June 2020 series for a November 2020 entry. The list of components that do not have series-specific materials (PDF, 367KB) is also available in our FAQs.
Candidates’ work must be submitted as part of their November 2020 entry. If it was submitted to Cambridge International prior to the decision not to run our usual June 2020 exam series, it will not be automatically carried forward.