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This update contains guidance on the following matters: carrying forward results from Cambridge International qualifications including Cambridge International AS Level; Cambridge ICE extension; and more support for schools.
As ever, we would like to thank all our schools for the very helpful feedback, insight and support you continue to give us as we build our support and adapt our processes.
We know that schools are facing challenging circumstances and we continue to provide as much clarity as we can, as quickly as we can. Our priority continues to be making sure our actions protect students’ and teachers’ safety, and helping students obtain the fairest outcome possible, with the quality and integrity they would expect from Cambridge International.
We expect to send our next update for schools on Tuesday 28 April 2020.
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.
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.
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 (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 will make a list of components that use materials unique to each exam series 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.
This update concerns students for whom the June 2020 exam series would normally be the last series for which they can sit exams and gain their Cambridge ICE certificate.
As you know, Cambridge International will not hold exams in the June 2020 series in any country. Therefore, we will allow an exceptional exemption for Cambridge ICE students to the usual rule that candidates must complete all elements within 13 months.
The exemption will apply if:
If candidates meet these criteria, they can count grades awarded in the November 2020 OR June 2021 series. However, they must first discount any entries from June 2020 where they received a grade – in other words, they must withdraw from any June 2020 syllabuses they entered which are intended to count towards Cambridge ICE, and withdraw the Cambridge ICE entry before the issue of June 2020 certificates. If you do not want to use your June 2020 results, please contact us as soon as results are released.
This means candidates can wait to see their June 2020 results before deciding whether or not to withdraw their entries; and that we will accept in these circumstances withdrawals between the issue of provisional results and certification. In line with our normal process, re-takes will not be permitted to count towards Cambridge ICE.
It is still the case that the candidates may only use grades from a maximum of two series. All other rules relating to Cambridge ICE still apply.
To ensure that the grades we award in June 2020 are as reliable as they can be, we will be drawing on as much historical data as we can. In the case of Cambridge IGCSE subjects where there are two syllabuses, one graded on the A*-G grade set and the other on the 9-1 grade set, we will be combining each centre’s data from both syllabuses. This combined data set will be used alongside other evidence, including predicted grades and rank orders, in the statistical standardisation process.
As a consequence of this use of combined data sets, we need all of your entries in any given Cambridge IGCSE subject to be either for the A*-G syllabus or for the 9-1 syllabus. You should not enter some candidates for one and other candidates for the other. If you currently have a mixture of entries in this way, please amend them by the deadline of 1 May 2020.
We have added new resources to the Teaching and learning when school is closed section of our website. The guides will help with the most common issues that schools have highlighted they would like more support with:
Encouraging student voice
You can find all our advice on our website
If you have any questions, you can review our frequently asked questions, or contact us
We wish everyone in the Cambridge International community well at this difficult time.