Ofqual reveals thousands of entries for A Level autumn exams


Thousands of pupils intend to sit exams this autumn to better the grades they were awarded this summer, exams regulator Ofqual has revealed.

More than 20,000 entries for the A Level ‘resits’ – representing 3% of the total entries from the summer – have been recorded.

Pupils were given the option of taking exams if they were unhappy with the awarded grades they were given earlier this year after the coronavirus pandemic caused widespread disruption to the education system.

With 4,190 entries, mathematics accounts for around 20% of the total ‘resits’, while both chemistry and biology were also popular, with 3,330 and 2,995 entries respectively.

Of all the entries, 43% are classed as ‘other’, meaning they include private candidates and entries from special schools or colleges of higher education.

These pupils account for just 1% of the total cohort, with private candidates especially hard hit as many may not have received centre assessed grades due to the fact they are homeschooled.

Just under a quarter of entries for the autumn exams come from maintained secondary schools, with a further 10% from independent schools.

Under contingency guidance for pupils that need to self-isolate, some may have to wait until the summer of 2021 to resit exams in the hope of better grades.

Schools can apply for special consideration if a pupil cannot sit an exam, as they can in a normal year, whereby they will be awarded a grade if they have completed at least 25% of the required assessments.

However, in subjects that do not have multiple exams, or where testing is grouped closely together, the government guidance states that those pupils “will have the option to enter exams in summer 2021”.