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As the year draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone in our schools around the world for their continued commitment and exceptionally hard work over the last year. 2021 has brought us many challenges, but we have worked together to achieve great things and prepare our learners for their next step in life.
Whether you are taking time away from work over the next few weeks or not, we wish you and your loved ones all the very best.
Our update is full of important guidance and reminders. We hope you find it useful.
With less than a month until results are released, today’s update highlights the extra resources and support we have created for schools, now available on our website. These resources and support will help you communicate results and next steps to students and their families.
We plan to release results on the following dates:
* release dates may be different in countries where we have a different arrangement, such as working with us via a government ministry.
We know many of you have questions about results day, and how this year may be different due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All candidates will receive their results at the same time, regardless of whether they sat their exams or are receiving school-assessed grades.
We have guidance and support on preparing for results day. This includes information on when and how results are released, accessing results, and using our candidate results service. It also includes guidance on sharing school-assessed grades with candidates.
Results day is again likely to be different this year for many of you due to the potential public health challenges involved in bringing together groups of candidates to collect their results. To help you think through how to plan and manage results day at your centre, view our guidance on managing results day.
We are offering post-results checks and appeals services for centres receiving school-assessed grades, so you can ask us to check your candidates’ grades.
Schools that ran exams for the November 2021 series can find more about our enquiries about results service.
If government directives in a country or region mean exams cannot take place, we will switch to an approach based on a portfolio of evidence. We can do this from 24 January, although we anticipate that in most instances it will be later.
We will be able to issue an exam grade to all students who have sat exams in at least one eligible component. This means if you have returned a script for that syllabus, in most cases, we can use that exam to give a final grade using the special consideration rule.
If exams are cancelled for your school after the start of the exam series, we would switch to portfolio of evidence for syllabuses where no component has yet been sat. We may not be able to switch a school very late in the series. We cannot switch to portfolio of evidence at candidate level – we have to treat all candidates within a syllabus the same.
You can find details of the component exemptions and adjustments available, along with information about special consideration.
You can apply for component exemptions and/or adjustments from 24 January until 17 April 2022 (at 23:59 UTC+1).
On 26 January, you can join our update webinar to find out the latest information on our current and future exam series. You also have the chance to ask us questions. You can book your space on this free webinar using the links below.
All our exams officer webinars planned for January-March 2022 are on our professional development calendar – remember to select ‘exams administration’ as the 'course type' in the left hand menu.
We are now sharing more guidance to help schools prepare portfolios of evidence as a contingency for June 2022, in case exams cannot go ahead.
Each centre must complete a Rationale document for each syllabus, explaining in detail how the portfolios of evidence have been compiled for each candidate. We will ask you to submit a digital copy of the Rationale document to us alongside your candidates’ portfolios of evidence.
You can download Rationale document templates. We will publish exemplar Rationale documents in early 2022, so that you can see the level of detail needed for our examiners to fully understand the work.
We have already announced that the portfolios of candidate evidence for the June 2022 series will be marked by Cambridge International examiners. You can now find new information about how we will do this.
Our guidance Carrying forward within the portfolio of evidence explains which kinds of assessments we can carry forward within the portfolio of evidence route. The guidance document also explains the different approaches to carrying forward Cambridge International AS Level components to A Level when using the portfolio of evidence route.
Portfolio of evidence has enabled us to restore more of our usual carry forward arrangements than school-assessed grades, giving your learners more flexibility in managing the impact of the pandemic. However, some constraints remain – for example, we cannot provide a ‘Best of Both’ approach for AS Level – so we strongly encourage you to read our guidance carefully.
The timetable for submitting portfolios of evidence and their accompanying Rationale documents will be aligned with the exam timetable for June 2022, so that we can mark them at the same time.
You will be able to submit portfolios of evidence from 2 May 2022. For some syllabuses, portfolios of evidence will need to be submitted to us by 18 May. Syllabuses examined later in the exam series will have later submission deadlines.
We will publish a full timetable of submission deadlines for portfolios of evidence in early 2022.
View our latest updates on our Covid-19 information pages.
If you have any questions, you can review our frequently asked questions or contact us via the Help website.
For British Council Partner Schools or Cambridge Associate schools, please contact your local British Council representative or Cambridge Associate.