Results and Appeals
Provisional examination results will be available on the following publication dates:
November 2012 GCSE examinations – Thursday 10 January 2013;
Further information on post-results services, including appeals, will be provided with results on results days. Appeals against internal assessment are excluded from this.
For appeals against internal assessment, see the procedure which is displayed on the notice board outside of the Examinations Office, a copy of which is available upon request. Note that appeals against internal assessment may only be made about the process that led to the assessment and not against the mark or grade submitted by the School for moderation by the Awarding Body.
If you are on a new GCSE course, you will study a number of different units and each unit is worth a percentage of the whole GCSE. For example:
▪ Sociology has two units and each unit is worth 50% of the GCSE in Sociology.
▪ Geography has four units and each unit is worth 25% of the GCSE in Geography.
▪ D & T Food Technology has four units, two of which are worth 30% each and two of which are worth 20% each of the GCSE in D&T Food Technology.
There are important new rules about what minimum percentage of each GCSE you must take at the end of your course and re-sits. The rules are called the JCQ Rules for new GCSE Specifications – terminal requirements, re-sits and cashing-in, the full version of which is contained in the document below. Your subject teachers will have a copy of these JCQ rules and will be able to advise you on how they work. You should read the full version of the JCQ rules and think carefully about what is called the ‘terminal requirement’ and the ‘re-sit rules’ when making a decision to re-sit a unit.
▪ Students may re-sit each unit once.
▪ Options within an assessment unit and optional units are treated as separate units with regard to re-sits.
▪ A tiered unit or tiered option may be re-sat once at either tier (it is not permissible to make two attempts at each tier of a tiered unit).
▪ The better result counts towards the final grade; however, if a unit forms part of the terminal requirement then the most recent result must be used (see below).
▪ At least 40% of the assessment must be taken in the examination series in which the qualification is certificated (cashed-in). This means that you must take units with percentages that add up to at least 40% of the whole qualification in the final exam series of the course.
▪ The final grade will include the assessment results which satisfy this terminal requirement. This means that the results for the units that satisfy this terminal requirement will count towards the overall grade, even if there is a better score for an earlier attempt at one or more of these units.
IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THESE RULES ON YOUR GCSE GRADES, ALWAYS DISCUSS THEM WITH YOUR TEACHER BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO RE-SIT
Re-taking a GCSE Qualification
▪ A qualification may be taken more than once – either by re-sitting all the units, or by re-sitting some units and re-using previous results for others, subject to the terminal requirement being satisfied.
▪ When a qualification is re-taken, a student may have up to two further attempts at each unit. However, only the better of the last two results will count towards the final grade, or the last result if it is needed to satisfy the terminal requirement.
IF YOU WISH TO RE-TAKE A QUALIFICATION, YOU MUST INDICATE WHETHER YOU WISH TO BE CASHED-IN ON THE RE-SIT FORM. CASHING-IN MEANS YOU WILL GET A NEW OVERALL GCSE GRADE AND CERTIFICATE.
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