Update for Cambridge schools on the June 2020 series - 21 April 2020

 

Carrying forward Cambridge International AS Level results from the June 2020 series

In the June 2020 series, Cambridge International will award grades to students for each syllabus in which they have been entered. These grades have the same currency and value as grades we award in any other series in any other year. On 7 April, we published the process for awarding grades here.

One necessary change for June 2020 is that we will issue grades but not calculate marks. This does not affect the value of the qualification, because a grade is the standard outcome of our exams, and the outcome universities use to assess student applications.

For students who want to carry forward their Cambridge International AS Level result from June 2020 to a future Cambridge International A Level, we have looked at a specific technical challenge: it is the AS Level mark students normally carry forward, not the grade. In the absence of AS Level marks in June 2020, students will receive an AS Level grade but will not be able to carry forward their AS Level result to A Level in the usual way. Therefore, we have put in place alternative arrangements.

 

Students who enter for AS Level and receive a grade from the June 2020 series may choose to:

Take only the second stage (A2) of the A Level in that subject in the November 2020 or June 2021 series, and receive an A Level grade based solely on their performance in A2*. In other words, we will consider that a candidate with an AS Level grade from June 2020 has met the requirement to complete the AS Level stage before obtaining an A Level grade. Candidates who withdraw from the June 2020 series will not have this option.

Take all components of the A Level in a future series, and retain the AS Level from June 2020 as a standalone qualification, without carrying the result forward. *For example, if a student obtains a grade C in their AS Level in June 2020, takes A2 components in that subject in June 2021 and performs at the level of grade B, we will award them an A Level at grade B. By the same principle, if a student obtains a grade B in their AS Level in June 2020, takes A2 components in that subject in June 2021 and performs at the level of grade C, we will award them an A Level at grade C. If schools choose to withdraw entries from AS Level in June 2020 by 1 May, we will credit their account for a future series.

Carrying forward marks from a series before June 2019

Candidates with marks from a series before June 2019 will not be able to carry those marks forward to June 2020 or November 2020. This is in line with our usual 13-month rules for carry forwards.

 

Carrying marks forward from the June 2019 series

As previously stated, if a candidate has a June 2019 AS Level grade and enters for June 2020, the school can use the June 2019 grade to inform their predicted A Level grade in June 2020 series.

If a candidate has a June 2019 AS Level grade, but wishes to take November 2020 A Level exams in the same syllabus, they can carry forward their June 2019 results in the following circumstances:

they were entered for the A Level syllabus in June 2020, irrespective of whether they were later withdrawn the syllabus has a carry forward entry option for that component. This is an exemption from our usual 13-month rule.

We will provide you with the entry options for each syllabus that will allow June 2019 marks to be carried forward to November 2020.