Coronavirus: GCSE & A-Level courses could be streamlined for 2021

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BBC Wales reports that Qualifications Wales are considering streamlining GCSE and A-Level courses for students set to sit the exams in summer 2021.

Students who were due to sit the exams this summer will receive a predicted grade after the exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There have, however, been concerns about how the cancellation of 2020’s AS-Level exams will affect Year 12 pupils, who’ve been told their AS-Level grades won’t contribute towards next year’s A-Levels (AS grades usually make up 40% of the final A-Level mark).

Qualifications Wales said: “Some of the steps we’re considering include whether non-exam assessment or coursework might be reduced or indeed withdrawn, so learners can focus on the examined elements of their courses.”

Parents, as well as Year 12 and Year 10 students, have raised concerns about becoming “forgotten year groups”, while a petition has been submitted to the Senedd describing the arrangements for Year 12 as being unfair.

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