Updated 30 March

Technical Qualifications –
Covid-19

Update from City & Guilds regarding the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and our Technical Qualifications

City & Guilds can confirm that the Summer exam series for our Technical Qualifications has now been cancelled in line with government guidance. Most Schools and Colleges are now closed, and learners will not be able to sit these exams. You can read the government’s press release and also a statement from Ofqual on Technical and Vocational Qualifications for more information.

We appreciate some centres have already carried out assessment tasks for synoptic assignments, and some may have been uploaded to our moderation portal. From this point no further assessment needs to take place.

Centres should of course, where reasonable, continue to support learners through online teaching and formative assessment.

To ensure learners that were planning to take exams, synoptic assignments and centre assessed components are able to progress, we are working with Ofqual and other key stakeholders on a proposal for an approach using estimation of assessment grades combined with quality assurance validation. These will then be used by City & Guilds to calculate an overall qualification grade for each learner which reflects their performance as fairly as possible. We aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in previous years.

The approach will apply to all our Technical Awards, Technical Certificates and Tech Levels across both one-year and two-year programmes of study. We are working with Ofqual and other Awarding Organisations who offer similarly structured and assessed Technical Qualifications to develop consistency in our approach.

We will provide clear guidance around the process, and what information you need to provide us as soon as it has been agreed. This will also include details on the approach for employer involvement, work experience and other centre assessed components.

There will also be an option to take assessments in the Autumn, we will be consulting with centres and other key stakeholders regarding actual timings for these assessments.

We understand this is a challenging time for both centres and learners and you have lots of questions. We are working hard to ensure we can communicate our approach as soon as possible.

Technicals Quality team

E: Technicals.Quality@cityandguilds.com

T: 0300 303 53 52 (option 2, option 3)

Technicals update: Spring series FAQs

City & Guilds is aware that many centres will have candidates taking our Technical qualifications this Spring. Some candidates will have managed to sit their exam whilst others will now find that they are unable to do so due to centre closures or where the candidate has been self-isolating and has missed their exam.

City & Guilds is doing its best to contact these centres and we recognise that you may have a number of specific questions, which are of more immediate concern, over and above the generic statement on our webpage.

City & Guilds is also working closely with Ofqual to reach agreement on next steps to ensure that all candidates are treated fairly irrespective of whether or not they have sat their exam.

Lastly, City & Guilds is aware that centres will have candidates who have either completed or have not yet started their synoptic assessment. We will be issuing further guidance/FAQs on the synoptics by the end of next week.

My candidates have sat their exams on paper – what happens next?

Where candidates have sat their exams on paper we would urge centres to return their scripts as soon as possible.  We have already received significant numbers back, so thank you very much for prioritising this, however please do continue to return completed scripts as per the usual process so that we can continue to mark, again as per the usual process. 

If returning scripts is currently problematic please ensure they are stored securely until they can be returned. 

It would also be helpful that, if you are unable to return the scripts then please send a notification to the Technicals Quality Team and provide a copy of the Invigilation Certificate so we can keep these bookings open in our records.

My candidates have sat their exams on e-volve – what happens next?

Where this is the case, those exams must be uploaded and will then go through our usual marking processes. Exams will be uploaded automatically, unless they have been completed offline. For any offline testing, please connect the machine to the internet to upload the exam.

We also encourage you to check in the SecureAssess portal to make sure that the completed evolve tests have been uploaded successfully.

My centre is now closed with candidates who have not sat their exams on paper but we have those papers – what happens next?

In this situation, if you have papers for exams that have not been sat then for the time being please do retain these papers and ensure they remain stored securely as per JCQ ICE requirements.  City & Guilds will further advise once we are clearer on next steps.

My centre is now closed and candidates have not sat their e-volve exams and– what happens next?

You do not need to take any action. The exams will be automatically voided and your centre will not be charged. City & Guilds will further advise once we are clearer on next steps.