Statement from UAL:
As we head into what would have been the Easter break for many centres, the challenges facing Schools and Colleges as a result of Covid-19 remain. We fully support lobbying efforts to ensure that the education sector receives the resources and guidance it needs from government in this crisis.
Many UAL Awarding Body qualifications culminate in a unit that determines the final grades awarded to students. We recently announced that owing to college closures, UAL Awarding Body must implement an alternative approach to awarding grades this summer 2020.
We are not yet able to publish details of the alternative approach, but we want to reassure centres and students that we continue to work toward issuing specific guidance as soon as possible.
Our aim is to deliver the fairest and most consistent approach to results across the UK. To ensure this we are working with the qualifications regulators and Department for Education. Compared to GCSE and A Level, there are many more types of vocational qualifications and awarding organisations which offer them. This is why it is taking longer to ensure a fair and consistent approach. Our qualifications are in a strong position, and we are confident that we will be able to fairly and consistently reward the work of students.
As always, our primary interest is in safeguarding the interests of students and centres. The work being done behind the scenes now is in order to ensure that students emerge from this unprecedented situation with fair, consistent and robust qualifications that retain the confidence of universities, employers and the wider public.
These are challenging times, and we hugely appreciate all the work you are doing to support your students during this period. We also value the feedback and input we are receiving from you in relation to securing positive outcomes for students this academic year.
We will share specific guidance with centres as soon as we can. We will also continue to post the latest news updates to our website whenever possible.
Last updated: 3 April 2020