Updated 18 January

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland –
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.


City & Guilds is working closely with regulators and sector bodies stakeholders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to deal with the continuous challenges posed by Covid-19.

In line with Government guidelines we are supporting our centres to deliver our qualifications and assessments in line with the agreed assessment strategies for each qualification. Where this is not possible, due to protracted disruption caused by Covid-19 restrictions, we are developing a range of adaptations and flexibilities which centres can use to mitigate the disruption to teaching, learning and assessment across the UK.  

We are committed to deliver adaptations and flexible options that are practical and manageable for centres, support the validity and reliability of candidate results and maintain standards.

This page sets out the latest statements and position for each country and will be updated regularly to keep you up to date.

Essential Skills Qualifications

Following discussions with Qualification Wales regarding the ongoing challenges being faced by centres wishing to carry out assessments for Essential Skills qualifications, the current adaptations for assessment for candidates registered for Essential Communication Skills or Essential Application of Number Skills at Level 1, 2 or 3 will continue until 31 August 2021. This means that candidates only need to achieve the confirmatory test in order to be awarded the qualification.

This extension is a mitigation put in place specifically to address the challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. With effect from 1 September 2021, all Essential Skills qualifications will revert to the standard assessment, meaning that both the task and the test will need to be completed for Essential Communication Skills and Essential Application of Number Skills.

The updated joint statement and guidance are available from the links below.

We have worked closely with Qualifications Wales and Awarding Bodies offering Essential Skills Wales qualifications to develop guidance to support the delivery of adaptations and flexibilities, where required, in the delivery of Essential Skills Wales qualifications assessments.

Please see the joint agreement, setting out a range of permitted flexibilities and adaptations, published by the Asset Management Group (AMG), the collaborative working group of all Awarding Bodies who offer Essential Skills Wales qualifications (City & Guilds, Pearson, WJEC and Agored Cymru).

Download the joint agreement communication document

To support the delivery of the permitted flexibilities and adaptations the AMG has developed more detailed guidance available from the link below.

Download the guidance

 

Summer 2020 Partial Completion process

We have had a number of appeals from centres, following the CAG process in the Summer. A number of these appeals are late partial completion and we have formulated a late partial completion process to be followed. Centres will need to complete the form below with the details of each component for all the learners affected. In addition we will require a rationale for the late submission of these component claims.

The form must be signed off by the Head of Centre, or their nominee.

Download the form

 

Health & Social Care (Wales and Northern Ireland qualifications)

We have worked closely with Awarding Organisations/Bodies, Qualifications Wales and CCEA, and with the relevant workforce regulators in both Wales and Northern Ireland to develop a range of arrangements to mitigate the disruption to teaching, learning and assessment of a range of Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications delivered in Wales and Northern Ireland and for the new Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications Northern Ireland.

We have worked on a collaborative joint agreement, setting out a range of permitted flexibilities, published by all Awarding Organisations/Bodies offering these qualifications in Wales and Northern Ireland, that is available below.

Download the guidance


If you are a centre in Wales or Northern Ireland offering UK qualifications in Playwork, Dental, STLS and Health please follow the guidance provided in our sector guides which you can find here.

Another important document is our Qualification assessment adaptation guidance, which sets out the generic guidance for adaptations available for all our qualifications. On the same page, you can also find the Centre intention form – to apply adaptation, which centres must fill out when they wish to apply adaptation to our assessments.


Other qualifications

If you are a centre in Wales delivering UK qualifications please check our UK qualifications set of guidance on our dedicated page.

We understand that you will have questions and queries, and our Customer Service team are on hand and happy to support you.

Our Welsh Business Development Manager, Direct Sales and customer supporting teams also remain available to support you and answer any questions you may have.

UPDATE - 04 December 2020 Guidance for centres

Please find our assessment adaptations guidance for the academic year 2020-21, in relation to Covid-19, for our qualifications regulated in Scotland and for our SCQF qualifications.

Download the guide

 

UPDATE - 30 July 2020

We have received confirmation from SQA, the regulator, on the assessment mitigations for the hair, barbering and beauty SVQs.

Please view the guidance statement by Habia for the adaptation of assessments for all the knowledge and skills elements of these SVQs. We are working through some extra guidance to support these adaptations for the City & Guilds SVQ assessments and will post our guidance on this page shortly.

View Habia Guidance

Essential Skills Qualifications

We have worked closely with CCEA and Awarding Bodies offering Essential Skills Northern Ireland qualifications to develop guidance to support the delivery of adaptations and flexibilities, where required, in the delivery of Essential Skills Northern Ireland qualifications assessments.

Please see the Essential Skills Northern Ireland guide, setting out a range of permitted flexibilities and adaptations, for these qualifications.

Download guidance


Health & Social Care (Wales and Northern Ireland qualifications)

We have worked closely with Awarding Organisations/Bodies, Qualifications Wales and CCEA, and with the relevant workforce regulators in both Wales and Northern Ireland to develop a range of arrangements to mitigate the disruption to teaching, learning and assessment of a range of Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications delivered in Wales and Northern Ireland and for the new Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications Northern Ireland.

We have worked on a collaborative joint agreement, setting out a range of permitted flexibilities, published by all Awarding Organisations/Bodies offering these qualifications in Wales and Northern Ireland, that is available below.

Download the guidance


If you are a centre in Wales or Northern Ireland offering UK qualifications in Playwork, Dental, STLS and Health please follow the guidance provided in our sector guides which you can find here.

Another important document is our Qualification assessment adaptation guidance, which sets out the generic guidance for adaptations available for all our qualifications. On the same page, you can also find the Centre intention form – to apply adaptation, which centres must fill out when they wish to apply adaptation to our assessments.


Other qualifications

If you are a centre in Northern Ireland delivering UK qualifications please check our UK qualifications set of guidance on our dedicated page.

We understand that you will have questions and queries, and our Customer Service team are on hand and happy to support you.

Our Direct Sales and customer supporting teams also remain available to support you and answer any questions you may have.