If a candidate is not satisfied with the ‘Final Grade’ they have been awarded, JCQ has set up an appeals process that can be pursued as follows:
1) Stage One: Centre Review:
As part of a Centre Review we will check to ensure that we have not made an administrative error, a procedural error, or both. An administrative error means an error in recording your grade or submitting your grade to the awarding body. A procedural error means a failure to follow the process set out in our centre policy.
You must request a Stage One: Centre Review before you can request a Stage 2: Awarding Body Appeal. This is so the awarding body is certain that your grade is as we intended.
2) Stage Two: Awarding Body Appeal:
You can ask the awarding body to check whether the school has made a procedural or administrative error – or whether the awarding body itself made an administrative error. You can also ask the awarding body to check whether the academic judgement made by the school was unreasonable, either in the selection of evidence or the determination of your grade.
Centre Review and Appeal Application Forms:
It is absolutely essential that you read the following documents before deciding if a centre review or awarding body appeal should be lodged.
- TCHS: ‘School Determined Grades in Summer 2021 Policy’
- TCHS: ‘Appeals Policy 2021’
- JCQ: ‘Appendix B – Important information for students’
- Ofqual: ‘Student Guide to Awarding – Summer 2021’
Please remember that your grade can go down, go up or remain the same through either stage of the process. Additionally, JCQ have made it clear that appeals cannot be withdrawn once they have been processed. Therefore, if your grade goes down as a result of an appeal, the outcome will not be reversed. Please also note the following additional important information:
a) You must complete a different application form for each grade appeal. This is necessary as grade appeals may need to be directed to different awarding bodies.
b) We will only use the content of your application form as the basis for an appeal therefore you must provide as much evidence as you can to support your appeal.
c) Applications for a Centre Review or and Awarding Body Appeal can only be accepted on the relevant application form. We are unable to pursue appeals made over the telephone, face to face, or sent as ‘regular’ emails.
d) Once your appeal has been submitted, the School will acknowledge your request and will aim to complete the appeal/review within two working days.
Candidates can access the Stage One: Centre Review application form from the following link:
Candidates wishing to use the Microsoft Word version of the form can access this (Here) and return it to our Exams Manager Mr C Bedwell at [email protected]. Please note that a request for a Stage One: Centre Review must be submitted to the school in accordance with the following schedule:
- A-Level Priority Appeals: 16th August 2021
- GCSE and non-priority Appeals: 3rd September 2021
A stage two appeal can only be raised once a stage one appeal has been completed. Candidates can access the Stage Two: Appeal to the Awarding Body form from the following link:
Candidates wishing to use the Microsoft Word version of the form can access this (Here) and return it to our Exams Manager Mr C Bedwell at [email protected]. Please note that a request for a Stage Two: Awarding Body Appeal must be submitted to the school in accordance with the following schedule:
- A-Level Priority Stage 2 Appeals: 20th August 2021
- GCSE and non-priority Stage 2 Appeals: 15th September 2021