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Keywords e.g. warehousing
Qualification Code e.g. 600/5640/X
Keywords e.g. warehousing
Unit Code e.g. Y/505/4889
Open Awards Unit ID e.g. CBF498
Keywords e.g. warehousing
Open Awards Unit Code e.g. UA33ART12
Open Awards Unit ID e.g. CBF521

Assessment / Awarding

There were four categories of mitigation that was available depending on the qualification:

  • Calculation of results
  • Adaptation to assessment
  • Delay of assessment
  • No mitigation due to there being no learners due to complete this summer.

The majority of our qualifications were in scope for calculation of results. 

For these qualifications, centres have submitted units that their learners completed before 20th March as ‘actual’ achievement along with their Centre Assessment Grades for units not yet completed before 20th March. This information was combined, along with the tutor rationale for the estimation and details of the centres standardisation and data analysis for comparison with year-on-year registration and achievement rates. Centres were asked to submit a rationale for any variance to previous year’s data with their CAGs.

This approach has allowed us to sample the evidence used by centres to produce their CAGs and to robustly externally quality assure both the ‘actual’ achievement and the ‘estimated’ achievement.

All EQA activity has included the use of previous years’ data, but the evidence provided by centres in advance of EQA has answered the majority of questions we might have had about fluctuations. We have seen very few CAGs amended, and where they have been, it is has been through partnership working with the centre.

There is a full list of Open Awards qualifications within scope for mitigation available to view on our website here.

Functional Skills assessments that were due to take place between 20th March and 31st July were in scope for given a calculated grade (pass/fail). This covers legacy and reformed qualifications for Maths, English and ICT at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

Centres have submitted a Centre Assessment Grade for each component a learner was due to sit an assessment for, along with the tutor rationale for the estimation and details of the centres standardisation and data analysis for comparison with year-on-year registration and achievement rates. Centres were asked to submit a rationale for any variance to previous year’s data with their CAGs.

This approach has allowed us to sample the evidence used by centres to produce their CAGs and to robustly externally quality assure both the ‘actual’ achievement and the ‘estimated’ achievement.

All EQA activity has included the use of previous years’ data, but the evidence provided by centres in advance of EQA has answered the majority of questions we might have had about fluctuations. We have seen very few CAGs amended, and where they have been, it is has been through partnership working with the centre.

Where centres and learners were able to access assessments as normal, thenthey were are able to continue with these. Any learner who was unable to access an assessment in the normal way for their centre, and who was due to sit an assessment this summer, was in scope to be given a calculated grade. 

Please see your course run documentation on the Open Awards Portal to view the Class Award Report detailing learner achievements. You can find the report by going to Actions > Your Course Runs > Open Course Run > Course Run Documentation.

A report detailing all learner achievements is available to view via the Documents section of the Open Awards Portal Please go to Resources > Documents to view the report.

Approved portal users and centre administrators are able to access results reports via their Portal login. If you need additional Portal users set up to access results, or you need support with accessing the Portal, please contact customerservices@openawards.org.uk. 

You must be logged in to the portal with an Administrator profile to access e-Certificates.  To download e-Certificates;

  1. Access the relevant course run via the Your Course Runs page
  2. Click on e-Certificates within the course run
  3. Tick the relevant learners
  4. Enter password (centre ID number) and click 'Download'
  5. A 'zip' file will be created that will contain certificates for the selected learners (the file is encrypted with your password)

Please note, e-certificates will only be available to centres who have opted for this mode of certification. All printed certificates will be posted to the agreed centre address. 

The majority of hard-copy certificates have already been posted to the agreed centre address and we are continuing to post certificates on a daily basis as centres confirm they are open to deliveries. If you have not received certificates you are expecting, please contact us on customerservices@openawards.org.uk to speak to a member of the team. 

If have opted for e-certification, these are available through the Portal.

You must be logged in to the portal with an Administrator profile to access e-Certificates.  To download e-Certificates;

  1. Access the relevant course run via the Your Course Runs page
  2. Click on e-Certificates within the course run
  3. Tick the relevant learners
  4. Enter password (centre ID number) and click 'Download'
  5. A 'zip' file will be created that will contain certificates for the selected learners (the file is encrypted with your password).

 

We will continue to release results on-demand as external quality assurance activities are completed. The latest date for releasing calculated results is 20th August 2020.  

CAGs were mainly  estimated from evidence from internally assessed grades from work completed prior to 20th March 2020 (eg if a learner achieved well in 50% of units, use as basis for calculating the rest).

Internal Assessment

  • Learner evidence mapped against ACs that has not been assessed

Evidence of Likely Performance

  • Formative and mock assessment results .
  • Any other learner work towards the qualification.
  • Learner work demonstrating the skills assessed by the unit that has been completed in support of another qualification learning aim.

Centre Data

  • The track record of centre/ teacher(s) delivering the specific qualification
  • The reliability of assessment and internal quality assurance in previous years
  • Outstanding actions from previous external quality assurance activities

Prior Attainment Data

Evidence of learner achievement in same or associate sector

More detail can be found in the guidance documents available to download from the Portal. 

A CAG is a teacher(s) judgement about the grade that each learner would most likely have achieved had teaching, learning and assessment proceeded as normal.

This professional judgement is to be derived from evidence (work, records of work) held within the centre and which has been reviewed by subject teachers/tutors/assessors and relevant heads of department.

Centre Assessment Grades are combined with internal assessment (assessments completed and IQA’d before 20th march 2020) to award a learner a calculated result.

No we did not ask centres to rank their  learners as part of the process for estimating achievement. Instead, we required at least one piece of valid evidence to form a professional judgement. Additional guidance on borderline learners is provided in the guidance documents.

Yes we will continue to make our external assessments available on-demand. If a learner is unhappy with their results or requires a resit, they will be to access these as soon as you and they are able to.

Yes legacy functional skills qualifications will be extended to the end of December 2020.

The last date for assessment will be 31s October 2020 to reflect this.

However, learners registered to legacy qualifications will be given an estimated grade in Summer 2020. Assessments after Summer 2020 will therefore only be applicable for learners whose centres are unable to participate in the calculation of a grade or those who require a resit.

For on-screen and on-demand assessments, simply edit the schedule as normal to cancel it or to mark which learners attended or did not attend. 

If a learner does not attend or the assessment does not go ahead as planned, as long as the schedule on XAMS is updated with this information, this will not be marked as an 'attempt' so you will be able to re-schedule. There is no charge associated with rescheduling assessments that do not go ahead as planned. 

All controlled assessments (including functional skills assessments) need to be sat under controlled conditions, following Open Awards guidance/policy and your own internal policy. If you want to change your current invigilation policy (i.e. to include remote invigilation or proctoring) you will need to submit an updated policy and full procedures to Open Awards, including details of the technology you will be using and evidence of your track record of utilising this technology effectively. This would need to demonstrate how you will continue to meet the controlled conditions required and will be reviewed by our QA team before a decision is made. To discuss remote invigilation/proctoring with the team, please contact enquiries@openawards.org.uk

If you are able to deliver assessments as normal, then you are able to continue with these. Any learner who is unable to access an assessment in the normal way for your centre, and who was due to sit an assessment this summer, will be given a calculated grade. 

Yes, SLC can be assessed remotely. Centres must ensure they meet the requirements of the assessment in full, including the requirements to verify the candidates identify before the assessment; provide video or audio evidence for each assessment; and to keep full records. If you need support with this component of Functional Skills English, please contact your Lead Quality Reviewer or email enquiries@openawards.org.uk 

If you are able to deliver assessments as normal, then you are able to continue with these. Any learner who is unable to access an assessment in the normal way for your centre, and who was due to sit an assessment this summer, will be given a calculated grade.