publication of Mike Tomlinson's reportinto the regrading of
A-levels. She also outlined the steps taken by the government to help
those students affected and to restore confidence in the A-level
Ms Morris assured students currently sitting AS and A-levels that
they can be confident that the examination system will match their
performance with the correct grades.
The report makes the position on A-level grades clear to the 250,000
students who sat the exam this summer (2002):
- The grades of 1,953 A and AS-level entries have been revised -
affecting 733 entries for AS-levels and 1,220 entries for A-levels.
- 1,945 individual students from 839 centres have received at least
one revised A or AS- level grade. Eight students have had two
A-levels regraded. UCAS has confirmed the implications for university
admissions, as follows:
- Of those students with amended grades, 1,089 matched UCAS
- Of these, 689 had already been accepted by their first choice
institution. 73 of these students were accepted on to a course for
which they did not originally apply.
- Of the 400 students who were not accepted by their first choice
institution, 232 had not received any offers from the institutions to
which they had applied. This means that they did not have any offers
for which they had to meet conditions.
- This leaves a maximum of 168 students who may be eligible to
transfer to new institutions. No university or college will receive
or lose more than 8 students.
The process for notifying those students whose overall grade has
changed - and those students whose units were regraded but whose
overall grade did not change - has already begun.
Students should first check with their first choice university or
college whether they have now achieved the grades set out in their
original offer. Students who are eligible to transfer to new
institutions have until 25 October to contact the admissions office
in the new institution and, if they are already at university or
college, their current institution. Contact details are available via
the UCAS website (www.ucas.com) and the UCAS helpline (01242 227 788)
is open to assist students.
Estelle Morris announced a new A-level Claims Fund to make sure
that no regraded student is worse off financially through a
university or college transfer. Students who transfer as a result of
regrading will be able to apply to their university or college with
evidence of legitimate accommodation, travel and course costs
incurred in transferring, and they will be reimbursed. No university
or college will be out of pocket from this fund as it will be fully
funded by the Department for Education and Skills.
Estelle Morris said:
'Mike Tomlinson's report brings welcome clarity for thousands of
students, who can now have confidence in the process for revising
A-level and AS-level grades. For nearly 2,000 students this now means
a higher grade for either their A or AS-level - and it means
important decisions for those 168 students who may be eligible to
transfer to a new university or Higher Education institution.
'But it goes much further than that. This restores pride and
confidence in the A-level system as a whole. All students - whether
they've received regrades or not - can be confident that the
regrading process has been independent and fair.
'It is important to me that no student should be worse off
financially through a university or college transfer arising from any
regrade. That is why today I am announcing an A-level Claims Fund so
that students who are eligible to move university or college and
decide to do so can apply to their institution with evidence of
legitimate accommodation, travel and course costs incurred in
transferring, and they will be reimbursed.
'I recognise that this period of uncertainty has been distressing for
many students, parents and teachers, and on behalf of the education
system I can only apologise for the disruption suffered. It has been
my job to make sure that concerns were fully investigated, and it is
now my job to make sure that the lessons are learned. Ken Boston,
Chief Executive of the QCA, will oversee the implementation of
Tomlinson's recommendations. He has also set up a task force to
oversee the effective delivery of the AS and A2 exams in January and
July 2003. Additional guidance on AS and A2 standards will be ready
by the end of October and a revised code of practice will be in place
by mid November.
'All those students on AS and A2 courses now can be reassured that
the action being taken will make sure that marking and grading
standards this year will be robust and reliable. There is massive
support for the principles of the Curriculum 2000 system - from
schools, teachers, parents and pupils - and we must ensure that next
summer's results can be looked on as a source of pride in the
This Press Notice applies to England.
The Tomlinson report, Q&A advice for students and links to the
exams boards can all be found here.