Information Regarding Private Candidates and Summer 2021 Alternative Awarding Arrangements

Published: 25/03/2021, 1:35pm

CCEA have now published Information Regarding Private Candidates and Summer 2021 Alternative Awarding Arrangements – setting out the process for schools and colleges when awarding a Centre Determined Grade for private candidates.

It is available to view here and also in our dedicated Summer 2021 web area

This flexible process of awarding a Centre Determined Grade, allows private candidates to be assessed on a broad evidence base. Schools and colleges will follow a three step process.

  1. Exploration
  2. Centre assessment(s)/CCEA assessment resource(s)
  3. Other assessment evidence

Schools and colleges will implement this guidance in conjunction with the Head of Centre guidance (GCSE, AS and A Level Awarding Summer 2021: Alternative Arrangements – Process for Heads of Centre). If a school or college has a query in relation to private candidates, the CCEA helpline is available for further information and guidance.

In the UK examinations system, a private candidate, also known as an external candidate, is a person who enters an examination but is not enrolled as a student at the centre (school or college) where they sit the examination. They may have prepared themselves for the examination, been taught privately, or studied at an institution which is not a registered examination centre.

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