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No. You can select individuals or groups of students for exemption from a component. This allows flexibility in circumstances that may not affect all students – for example, if some students are learning remotely and others learning in your centre.
If your candidates complete other components in the syllabus, we will calculate an assessed mark for the exempted component. An assessed mark is an estimated mark based on the candidate’s performance in other components in the same syllabus in the current series. We combine this with the marks they gained in the components they were able to sit and produce a syllabus grade. The weighting of each component remains unchanged.
No. We will make sure all students receive a grade that reflects their attainment.
For internally assessed components, you must mark exempted candidates as absent (with an 'A', not '0') when submitting marks through Direct. When you fill in the Coursework Assessment, Oral Examination or Speaking Test Summary Forms, you must list the candidate's number and name and tick the 'absent' box against that candidate's row on the form. If all of your candidates are exempted from the internally assessed component, you should not submit the Coursework Assessment, Oral Examination or Speaking Test Summary Forms to us, but you should still mark your candidates as absent in Direct.
You must have made final entries in the June 2021 series, and have approved component exemptions (also known as Covid-19 exemptions), to be able to submit candidates’ details in Direct.
There are step-by-step instructions in the ‘Guide to submitting candidates’ details for Covid-19 exemptions (PDF, 1MB)’ and in the video ‘Submitting candidate’s details for component exemptions’.
We must receive details of which candidates you would like to exempt from which components by 23:59 UTC+1 on 30 April 2021. After that date, you will not be able to submit your candidates’ details so please contact us with any queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to see the ‘Covid-19 Exemptions’ area in Direct, check if you have made final entries for the June 2021 series. If you applied for component exemptions before the deadline of 17 April, check if we have approved them. If you submitted an application shortly before, or on, 17 April then you may need to wait 48 hours for us to process your application. You should then log in to Direct again and see if the Covid-19 exemptions area is visible.
Only syllabuses and components that you have approved exemptions for will be displayed (i.e. not all components in a syllabus). If you applied for component exemptions before the deadline of 17 April, check if we have approved them by emailing email@example.com. If you submitted an application shortly before, or on, 17 April then you may need to wait 48 hours for us to process your application.
The components that can be exempted for each syllabus are listed on our website. If you select a combination of components that is not allowed, you will see a red error message when you click on the ‘Save Exemption for Review’ button.
When you have saved your exemptions in the Covid-19 exemptions area in Direct, you can check them by downloading a PDF or CSV file. These reports show all the exemptions you have saved for your candidates.
Yes – for details of which candidates you have exempted from which component(s), log in to Direct, select the 'Covid-19 Exemptions' tab and download the 'Exemption by Candidate Report' (as a PDF or CSV file) to see all of your candidates’ exemptions.
The last page of our ‘Guide to submitting candidates’ details for Covid-19 exemptions (PDF, 1MB)’ lists the different statuses and what they mean.
If you have questions about submitting your candidates’ exemption details on Direct after checking our step-by-step guidance and videos, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are using one or more approved Covid-19 exemptions but your circumstances change and you can prepare students for a component, then you can withdraw from an exemption. Email us before the exam is taken at email@example.com with the subject line ‘June 2021 Covid-19 exemptions’ and an explanation of your request.
There are step-by-step instructions in the ‘Guide to submitting candidates’ details for Covid-19 exemptions (PDF, 1MB)’ and in the video ‘Amending and withdrawing component exemptions you have already submitted’.
There are step-by-step instructions on how to review and approve or reject your Associate Centres’ exemptions in the ‘Guide to submitting candidates’ details for Covid-19 exemptions (PDF, 1MB)’ and in the video ‘Submitting candidates’ details for component exemptions – a step-by-step guide for Cambridge Associates’.
In the Covid-19 exemptions area of Direct, click on the ‘Manage Sub-Centre Exemptions’ tab. You can view and sort these using the ‘Awaiting Approval’, ‘Approved’ and ‘Rejected’ filter options. For more details, see our ‘Guide to submitting candidates’ details for Covid-19 exemptions’.
You must mark exempted candidates as 'absent' on the attendance register. You must not put a '0' or any other information except 'absent' or 'A'.
You must give each candidate a written record of the exams from which they are exempt. Give this to them at the same time you give them their statement of entry. You need to give a list of candidates with exemptions to your invigilators for any exams where you have one or more candidates with exemptions. You need to keep a record of your communication with your candidates about their exemptions and the lists you give to your invigilators.
Section 7 of the Exemptions regulations supplement has information about exemptions requested in error and/or candidates taking exams for which they are exempt.
Yes – you must have an approved component exemption and submitted your candidates’ details in Direct before the timetabled exam. If a candidate takes the exam for a component from which they are exempt, we will use the assessed mark (not the exam mark) unless you tell us before the exam is taken that there has been a mistake and the exemption was unintentional. You must read our Exemptions regulations supplement (PDF, 189KB) for all our exemption regulations.
If you applied for an exemption before the 17 April deadline and we approved your exemption request, you should submit your candidates’ exemption details by 30 April. If you did not apply for an exemption before 17 April, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org