A-levels and GCSEs: As part of the university admissions shake-up, the government is considering overhauling the exam calendar.
A-level results could be moved forward, GCSEs published in the same week, and results synchronized with Scotland as a result of the changes.
Ministers are considering changing the date on which A-level and GCSE results are published, I can reveal.
A-level results would be moved forward as part of the change, paving the way for a shake-up in university admissions.
Unlike the current system, results from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland’s Highers would be synchronized to ensure a level playing field for students vying for university places.
GCSEs and A-levels would also be released in the same week under the plan.
This year, A-level results were released two weeks earlier than planned, to allow for a surge in appeals against teacher-assigned grades.
In 2021, A-level results in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland were released on the same day as Scottish Highers, a departure from the usual practice of Scotland’s results being released a week ahead of time.
Another change was that GCSEs were released two days after A-levels instead of the usual one week later.
Government officials credit the decision to release all of the grades in the same week with limiting the political fallout from this year’s results.
In 2020, a backlash against Scotland’s results prompted First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to scrap an algorithm for moderating grades, throwing the rest of the UK into chaos and confusion.
The crisis grew as the A-level and GCSE results were spread out over two weeks, and all other countries followed suit.
With students potentially “competing” for scarce university places, a senior source in the Department for Education told i that it made sense to “fire the start gun all at once” by having results released at the same time as Scotland.
They went on to say that A-level results being released “a little bit earlier” would aid the Government in implementing a planned shake-up in university admissions, in which students would only be admitted if they met certain criteria.
News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.
A-levels and GCSEs: As part of a shake-up in university admissions, the government is considering overhauling the exam calendar.
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