Updated 05 March

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland –
Covid-19

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.

Updated 25 February 2021 - Essential Skills Qualifications

Following direction from Welsh Government and Qualification Wales the existing adaptations for Essential Skills qualifications have been reviewed for all subjects and levels. In addition, a range of alternative arrangements have been agreed.

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


Updated 05 March 2021 - Alternative Arrangements Webinar

Watch the recording

Download the slides

 

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 - 29 January 2021 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 - 29 January 2021

We have received confirmation from SQA, the regulator, on the extension of the assessment mitigations for the hair, barbering and beauty SVQs until 30 June 2021.

Please view the guidance statement by Habia for the adaptation of assessments for all the knowledge and skills elements of these SVQs. Any new/ further guidance from Habia, including date amendments, will be uploaded here.

View Habia Guidance

Update 26 February 2021 - 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 alternative arrangements and adaptations, for these qualifications.

Download guidance


Update 1 February 2021 - Northern Ireland

Economy Minister, Diane Dodds, made an announcement on Friday 22 of January about the cancelation of all external vocational exams for the remainder of this year, including Essential Skills and all other vocational exams scheduled for February and March, and the scheduled summer exam series.

Read the full announcement

How does this impact examinations offered by City & Guilds in Northern Ireland?

The Minister and the regulator, CCEA, continue to work with City & Guilds and the other awarding organisations on the alternative arrangements which will be put in place for assessments due to take place from 1 March. 

A further update from the Department is expected by late February detailing the alternative arrangements.

External examinations (L1 and L2 Application of Number and Communications) will be cancelled and replaced with a teacher judgement approach, based upon suitable evidence. There will be a short transition period where Essential Skills on demand examinations will still be available up to the end of February 2021, where they can be taken safely in line with PHA guidance, until the new arrangements are in place.

In the meantime on demand Essential Skills assessment can continue until the end of February. Centres will not be able to make entries for exams taking place after 28th February. Any entries made will be cancelled.

Please note that an examination is defined as an externally set and externally marked assessment, these are listed below:

4800-011

Level 1 Communication - Reading and Writing

4800-021

Level 2 Communication - Reading and Writing

4800-111

Level 1 Application of Number

4800-121

Level 2 Application of Number

Any other assessments within the Essential Skills qualifications can continue with adaptations in place.

Vocational qualifications used for similar progression as General qualifications

  • Dated examinations planned for City & Guilds Technical qualifications for both spring and summer series will now NOT take place. Affected exams can be viewed here on the Exams Timetable for the spring and summer series exams 2021.
  • Dates for the spring series are provided below

Series

Start of exam series

End of exam series

First spring

1 March 2021

12 March 2021

Second spring

15 March 2021

26 March 2021

8202 Electrical and Plumbing

19 April 2021

27 April 2021

  • The summer series runs from 2 June to 22 June 2021.

Vocational qualifications that are a type of licence to practise

  • Other vocational qualifications that are used as a type of licence to practise and other on demand assessments will continue to be available.
  • We updated our website on 22 January regarding those examinations that will still take place in February and March, and have communicated directly with centres offering these examinations.

Note that it is not mandatory for these examinations to take place, but we are keen to continue to offer examination opportunities to any candidates who may be ready for assessment, particularly where achieving these qualifications impacts their progression and employment prospects. 

ESOL

  • ESOL qualifications are also available in England and Wales, so we await the outcomes of the current Ofqual consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications and will communicate more about these arrangements as soon as we have further information.

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.