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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.

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. 

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.

Most exams and assessments in summer 2020 were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The primary mitigation approaches for all vocational and technical qualifications can be found at: https://analytics.ofqual.gov.uk/apps/AllQualifications/summer2020tool/

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).

 

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 was 31st 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 quality@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 quality@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. 

Should you experience any disruption that may have an adverse effect on a learner achieving their Open Awards qualification please follow our Special Considerations policy and complete the Special Consideration Form available through our portal to advise us of this.

Please also see the following OfQual and JCQ guidance on what Centres should do if exams or other assessments are seriously disrupted.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exam-system-contingency-plan-england-wales-and-northern-ireland/what-schools-and-colleges-should-do-if-exams-or-other-assessments-are-seriously-disrupted 

Where assessment cannot be completed as normal, we will work with you to ensure that as many learners as possible should receive grades for their vocational qualifications as possible. The primary mitigation for qualifications in 2020/2021 is an adaptation to the assessment. 

 

It is likely that some assessment criteria can still be met and it may be possible for some observations to be completed remotely. However, you would need to contact us to discuss how to deliver and assess specific assessment criteria. We will work with you to find alternative arrangements to evidence and assess achievement.

Where assessment cannot be completed as normal, we will work with you to identify a suitable adaptation to assessment. Please contact the team on quality@openawards.org.uk to discuss your arrangements. 

No. The government’s expectation is that assessments should take place in the academic year 2020 to 2021 because that is the fairest way of providing results for learners. Centres should plan to deliver assessments in line with Open Awards guidance.

Yes. The need to adapt to continue with delivery assessments applies to all Ofqual regulated qualifications and units as well as quality endorsed units. There is separate guidance for Access to HE Diplomas that can be found here.

 

Guidance for adapting delivery and assessments in 2020-21 can be downloaded from the Secure Portal.

Adaptations to teaching and assessment may be made where normal practices are not possible. This may include changes to the way you normally teach, changes to assessment or the units you deliver. Centres must complete an adaptation request form for each adaptation they plan on making.

Yes, if the centre needs to change the way they normally teach, changes to assessment or the units they deliver to mitigate any possible effects of disruptions.

Once the centre has considered all appropriate delivery, assessment and course content options, they must submit an Adaptation Request Form outlining their preferred approach.

The Adaptation Request Form (ARF) template can be downloaded from the secure portal (Open Awards Templates) for completion.

Completed forms must be uploaded to the portal using the Resources menu and selecting Documents using the document type Adaptation and sub-type Request Form.

We anticipate processing correctly completed forms within 6 working days of the date of submission via the portal.

Open Awards will only allow adaptations designed to mitigate any possible effects of disruptions to teaching and learning relating to the pandemic. We will review each request form and may seek further information or suggest alternative solutions.

Yes. A centre must follow agreed mitigations for the following qualifications if they are unable to deliver and assess in line with their normal arrangements.

  • Open Awards Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Award in Understanding the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 2 Award in Principles of Safeguarding and Child Protection (RQF) Health and Social Care
  • Open Awards Level 3 Diploma In The Principles Of Aseptic Pharmaceuticals Processing (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians (RQF)

Do any Open Awards qualifications have prescribed adaptations?Centres must submit adaptation request forms to advise Open Awards that they are planning to adopt the agreed adaptation.

Details of set adaptations for each qualification in the following list can be found on the Portal.

  • Open Awards Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Award in Understanding the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (RQF)
  • Open Awards Level 2 Award in Principles of Safeguarding and Child Protection (RQF) Health and Social Care
  • Open Awards Level 3 Diploma In The Principles Of Aseptic Pharmaceuticals Processing (RQF)

Open Awards Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians (RQF)