Qualifications Wales publishes provisional results for summer 2020

Thursday 20 Aug 2020

Following Education Minister Kirsty Williams’ announcement on Monday that learners in Wales are to be awarded their centre assessment grades, Qualifications Wales today publishes the provisional results for this summer’s GCSEs results in Wales and replaces the A and AS level results information provided last week.

We will publish a final version of this analysis when final results data is available.

The move to award qualifications based on Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) means that grades awarded to learners in Wales are the professional judgements of teachers, except where grades already issued or calculated are higher than their CAG. Or, in the case of A levels, their AS level grade is higher than their CAG and their issued grade.

All CAGs provided by schools and colleges have been approved by the Head of Centre.

GCSE

The revised results for GCSE and the Key Stage 4 Skills Challenge Certificate are substantially higher than results in recent years.

  • Our best estimate at this stage of revised 2020 GCSE results in Wales at cumulative A*-A is 25.9%, compared to 18.4% in 2019.
  • Our best estimate at this stage of revised 2020 GCSE results in Wales at cumulative A*-C is 74.5%, compared to 62.8% in 2019.
  • Our best estimate at this stage of revised 2020 GCSE results in Wales at cumulative A*-G is 99.6%, compared to 97.2% in 2019.

Key Stage 4 Skills Challenge Certificate (KS4 SCC)

  • The KS4 SCC is only offered by WJEC who have provided us with provisional results. Provisional cumulative results at A*-A is 20.1%, compared to 14.0% in 2019.

A level

Revised results for A level, AS and the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate in Wales are substantially higher than the results originally published on 13 August and results in recent years.

  • Our best estimate at this stage of revised 2020 A level results in Wales at cumulative A*-A is 41.3%, compared to 29.9% when results were released on 13 August and 27.0% in 2019.

These figures do not account for cases where the AS grade will be awarded to learners at A level where it is higher than the Centre Assessment Grade or the calculated grade. Final revised results in Wales will therefore be higher than the figures in this analysis.

AS level

  • Our best estimate at this stage of revised 2020 AS results in Wales at grade A is 29.9%, compared to 22.2% on 13 August and 20.3% in 2019.

Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Advanced SCC)

  • The Advanced SCC is only offered by WJEC who have provided us with provisional results. Provisional cumulative results at A*-A is 28.7%, compared to 22.7% on 13 August and 21.7% in 2019.

The full overview of revised results for A level, AS, GCSE and the Skills Challenge Certificate in Wales is available on the Qualifications Wales website.

Appeals

Following the Minister’s announcement on Monday that learners in Wales are to be awarded their centre assessment grades, Qualifications Wales has updated the appeals process for this summer.