Ofqual announcement for awarding vocational and technical qualifications in 2021

The continuing pandemic has led to some exams and assessments being cancelled in 2021.

On the 25 February, the government announced the policy and scope of awarding vocational and technical qualifications in 2021.

It was confirmed that:

FSQs, ESOL Skills for Life and other qualification taken ‘on demand’

For qualifications that are taken on demand, such as Functional Skills and ESOL Skills for Life, there are three ways that learners will be able to access an assessment:

1: Assessments can continue to take place, in a college, training provider, school, employer premises, or alternative location, where it is safe for them to do so in line with public health guidance.

2: Assessments can be taken online in a wider range of venues, including at home.

3. Where neither of these options is possible, and learners need a result to progress, then a teacher assessed grade may be used.

If none of these options are possible, the assessment may be delayed or the learners moved to a different AO.

For more information please read: An article from Chief Regulator, Simon Lebus, explaining the arrangements for 2021.

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