GCSE Results Day 2020
20 August 2020 08:00
Whether you're a school leaver or have studied at Weston College, this page has important information relevant to all students who are expecting GCSE results on this day.
GCSE Guidance Surgeries
If you have any questions, worries or concerns after collecting your results, our School Liaison Team will be available to talk to you (either over the phone or in person) about your options moving forward.
All face-to-face sessions need to be booked in advance. Firstly, you'll need to give the team a call where you can either just talk over the phone or you can book a time slot to come in and meet with a member of the team.
***In order for us to maintain social distancing measures, please DO NOT arrive without pre-booking and arrive within your dedicated time slot.***
Call one of the following numbers to book:
01934 411 481
01934 422 765
FAQs for School Leavers
What to do, where to go, common worries… we’ve got you covered!
ON THE DAY
What’s going to happen on GCSE results day?
If you have achieved the results required to do your intended programme, congratulations that’s great! All you need to do is go on to your eILP and upload your GCSE results onto the ‘My eILP’ section of the website.
If you have not received the results that you were hoping for on GCSE results day please do not panic. On results day (Thurs 20th) and the following day (Friday 21st) our School Liaison and Careers teams will be holding a GCSE Guidance Surgery to support you with any concerns that you might have about your results and what this means for you starting with us in September. We are encouraging students to call us in the first instance so that we can resolve your query over the phone, please call 01934 411481/01934 422765. You can also use our Live chat function on the website to contact us. If you feel that you would prefer to talk to someone face to face please call us to book an appointment on the day which will be held at the Florentine café( at the back of the Winter Gardens, W-S-M). We would encourage you to contact us by phone or the live chat on the website first, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen without an appointment.
If haven’t got the grades but you still want to continue to study the same subject you do not need to contact us. We will look at your results and assess which is the best level for you and change it automatically. All this will be done at your pre-induction appointment.
If you have not applied already or you have completely changed your mind about which course you would like to study then please call us to go through your options. You will need to apply online from home but please call us to ensure that you are applying for the right study programme first.
What happens if I didn’t get the results I bargained for due to COVID 19?
If you don’t get what you feel you deserved, and you want to dispute this then you will need to go back to your schools and talk to them about being regraded. In the meantime, you may be able to retake your English or Maths with us. This will not affect your chances of getting onto a study programme with us but we may have to reassess which level of study programme you begin in September.
I’ve heard I can take my GCSE’s again if I’m not happy with the results, how do I go about that?
We have yet to receive complete guidance on this. We will keep our learners posted on developments, but would also recommend you keep an eye out for communication from your previous school.
ENGLISH & MATHS
What happens if I didn’t get the GCSE English and Maths grades I was expecting/hoping for?
You may be able to raise an appeal if you feel that the correct procedures were not followed by your centre/school. You will need to contact the examinations officer at your centre/school for further information and guidance.
You may also get the opportunity to retake them with us in November. Current guidance indicates that all learners who would like the opportunity to sit exams in the autumn term will be able to do so. At this point, we are unclear of the exact arrangements.
But what happens if I didn’t get the GCSE grades I need for my course, will I lose my place?
If you did not achieve a grade 4 or above in maths and/or English, we will still be able to offer you a place on the course, it might just be starting at a different level. You will not need to do anything about this on Results Day, we will automatically move you up or down on enrolment.
So I can sit the Maths and English GCSE exams at college in November?
Yes – you will be asked to confirm you need this during the enrolment process.
I used to get things like extra time, rest breaks, a scribe etc. (access arrangements) when I sat exams at school… will this still be in place if I sit exams in November?
If you received access arrangements at school, please mention this when you enrol. A referral will be made to our Exam Access Arrangement Team who will endeavour to assess you prior to your exam. *Please note that exam access arrangements are awarded in line with our Exam Access Arrangement Policy, assessment by college staff is always required before concessions are applied for and you may not be allocated the same arrangements that you had in school.
Will I be told what I need to do in order to improve my GCSE grade?
Due to the complex process of calculating grades, obtaining individualised, targeted feedback will be difficult. You could try getting in touch with your centre/school. Perhaps you could email your former teachers?
Within the first few weeks of lessons, you will complete a BKSB initial and diagnostic assessment, which will identify your key areas of development. We will then work with you to develop these skills.
English is not my native language, can I attend a language class as well?
This will depend on your availability and class capacity, please speak to your course tutor once you have joined your course Microsoft Teams page.
I may have to retake both… can I attend more than one class?
All Maths and English learners are required to attend two 1.5 hour lessons on a weekly basis (per subject). If it is necessary for you to retake both this will be built into your study programme.
If I sit my exam in November and achieve a lower grade than my summer grade, which one counts?
Both grades will count, but you can choose to use the higher of the two.
AM I TOO LATE?
Can I still apply and what’s the best way?
Yes the best way to apply is via www.weston.ac.uk go to any of the study programme pages and click apply. You will need to create an account so a little tip here is to use a personal email address, not schools and make your password memorable. Once you have applied you can go back into your account to add courses on or change contact details.
What happens after I apply?
You will receive a confirmation email to say that we have received your application and then you will be contacted via phone for an interview. We call it an interview but it’s nothing to worry about, just an opportunity for the tutor to ask you more about you and why you are interested in the study programme and for you to ask any questions you might have.
Once you have been interviewed you will receive an offer and further information about pre-enrolment which you need to complete online. Once you have done that you will have a Weston college email address and will be able to access your faculty Microsoft teams pages which contains lots of information about the course, bridging work to complete over the summer and an opportunity to get to know your classmates and staff better.
I'M STILL STUCK
I still have no idea what I’m doing… Is there anyone to talk to about my options at college?
Yes! The School Liaison or Careers Advice Team are your first port of call to discuss options that are available to you, whether you are thinking about applying for the first time, struggling to make up your mind between a diploma and a T level or you have been considering an apprenticeship route, get in touch and we can support you with that decision.
I’ve applied but I am still not sure whether it will lead to what I want to do, can you help me with that?
Yes- you may find that now is the time to get some careers research done to make sure that you feel more confident about where your course in September may lead you. It’s always a good idea to talk through your plans with a careers adviser and you can do that by giving us a call on 01934 411415, however there are lots of resources out there to help you find out information about careers and their potential, such as, Career Coach which is available on our website and offers an in-depth questionnaire, a CV builder, a careers assessment and opportunities to explore LMI, etc.
Have you got any tips for how to prepare for starting college?
Yes, our three top tips for starting college are:
1. Over the summer make sure you keep checking in with your faculty MS teams pages for updates to bridging work, resources that may be useful and getting to know other students on your study programme.
2. Have a good look at our website and social media over the summer to make sure you have all the information you need about getting to college, how to access bursaries and support available.
3. Don’t panic, it’s natural to be worried or nervous about starting college and meeting new people but we’re all feeling the same way about a new start and especially given the situation with the pandemic. There are plenty of people to help and support you along the way so don’t be afraid to ask for help or reach out to someone. By week two you’ll wonder what you were worried about!
Studied GCSEs here at College? Here's all you need to know:
Your GCSE Results will be available from 8am on the 20th August 2020 via the Exams tab on your eILP.
A printed results slip will also be posted to you on results day but is not likely to arrive for 2 to 3 days.
If you have any issues accessing your grade via eILP, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
As you are aware this year Awarding Bodies asked the college to do the following on your behalf:
- Submit a Centre Assessed Grades based on evidence of your performance
- Position you in rank order with other students having the same Centre Assessed Grade submitted
This detailed process was undertaken by your tutors and their managers to ensure accuracy and fair play. The college Quality Team then looked at the overall college submission before it was finally signed off by our Head of Centre. If on results day you are not happy with your result/s then you may have grounds for appeal (which the college must submit on your behalf), the Awarding Body Deadline is the 17th September 2020.
You can only appeal if you think that there has been an error in the process not because you do not agree with the grade awarded The grounds on which you could appeal are:
- You think there might have been a mistake when college submitted your Centre Assessed Grade
- You think the Exam Board might have made a mistake when calculating your grade
- You think your result has been affected by wrongdoing such as bias or discrimination
You cannot appeal because:
- You don’t agree with the Centre Assessed Grade given by the college
- You don’t agree with the statistical standardisation model used by the Exam Board
If you believe that you would have gained a better grade had, you sat the exam or would like to improve your grade then there is an Autumn Exam series (2 – 23 Nov 2020) opportunity. The Awarding Body deadline for entry is 4 October 2020.
Please speak to College Exams and Assessment Services 01934 411411 ext. 1377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who will help you determine if you have a basis for appeal. You must remember that grades can go up, down or stay the same.
Should you wish to appeal the decision reached by Exams you can ask to be referred to the Quality Team.