Covid-19

Updated 18 January

Supporting customers –
Covid-19

Updated 15 Jan – 1) DfE/Ofqual consultation now live and 2) impact on scheduled dated exams in February, March and April

  1. The joint consultation from DfE and Ofqual is now live and open for two weeks, closing at 11.45pm on 29 January 2021. It can be accessed here. Please take part and make your views heard.
  2. Impact on scheduled dated exams in February, March and April

In Gavin Williamson’s letter to Ofqual it states that;

“…for all other VTQs with written exams scheduled in February and March (including BTECs and other qualifications included in performance tables) it is no longer viable for these exams to go ahead. Views on alternative arrangements for these qualifications should be sought in the consultation”.

This will have an impact on dated exams planned for City & Guilds Medical, Veterinary and Technical qualifications, the proposals being that these will not now take place in February, March and April. We will contact centres affected directly with further information in due course.

Ofqual’s consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications is now live. We will communicate any alternative arrangements which are agreed as a result of the consultation as soon as we are able.

This is the current known position at this time. We are aware of the concern that this is causing centres and learners, and will be issuing communications as soon as we know the outcomes of the consultation. Thank you for your patience at this time.

Letter from Gavin Williamson to Simon Lebus

Simon Lebus responds to the Secretary of State’s letter of 13 January 2021

Both letters reference an imminent consultation that will be open for the duration of two weeks. The consultation is now live and available. City & Guilds will be responding to this and encouraging providers to contribute directly to the consultation.


Updated 06 January – DfE and Ofqual statements

Since the Government introduced a national lockdown, the DfE and Ofqual have published statements regarding vocational education and exams that can be accessed below.

Both updates emphasise the intention to keep learning and assessment going during the lockdown period, where it is safe to do so. The DfE updated their guidance on 5th January to give schools and colleges the choice to offer students vocational exams, should schools and colleges judge it right to do so. The full DfE guidance can be accessed here.

Simon Lebus, Interim Chief Regulator at Ofqual, published a message yesterday to provide an update on the latest position, urging students to continue to engage with their learning as best they can whilst educational establishments are closed. You can read the message here.

We will continue to work with Ofqual and Government to ensure that we can support learners and providers during the lockdown period, so that no learners are disadvantaged. Both City & Guilds and ILM run assessments throughout the year and have wide ranging adaptations in place to enable most of them to continue throughout the Covid19 pandemic and lockdowns.  In relation to our Spring and Summer exams series, we are working with our regulators and government departments on how to proceed and will communicate with all of our centres and customers as soon as possible.


Updated Tuesday 5 January – National Tier 5 restrictions in the UK

Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 4th January regarding Tier 5 restrictions we are currently looking at the implications for our customers and learners.

We will be working with Ofqual and other regulators on the latest guidance/updates, and will be sharing further details as soon as possible via our website, email and social media.

We remain committed to supporting you over the coming months to ensure learners can continue their learning and assessment.

We will update you as soon as we can, please check these pages regularly for updates.


We understand that these are extraordinary and unprecedented times, and we are working closely with education providers, employers and governments to monitor the Covid-19 situation, and putting in place measures to support our employees, customers and stakeholders.

We appreciate that as your situation changes you will have many questions and concerns on delivery and supporting your learners and apprentices. From end-point assessment events to specific queries on certification or finance, we are on-hand to guide you through this difficult time.

2020-21 Adaptations guidance

Please find the latest adaptations guidance on this page for the coming academic year.

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End-point assessment

For EPA customers - please read our guidance, FAQs and updates on this page, which will updated on a regular basis.

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Veterinary Nursing

Information and documents relating to the Patient-based Assessment (PBA) and Covid-safe OSCEs.

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Taking online tests at home

Updates on delivering City & Guilds E-volve tests remotely at home.

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Updates for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Latest guidance and statements for those delivering qualifications in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Remote Test at Home – interim solution for Functional Skills

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Functional Skills and Core Maths

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Centre/EQA declaration form

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Free Covid-19 course

This free e-learning module enables individuals with essential health and safety knowledge for a safe return to the workplace, and receive a digital credential.

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Delivering on screen tests at an employer site

Guidance for the running of City & Guilds E-volve on screen tests.

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