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2022 Appeals & Autumn Exam Series

  Review of Results

For internal candidates, awarding bodies will only accept requests for reviews of marking from centres and not from candidates or their parents.

Centres must obtain written candidate consent for clerical re-checks and reviews of marking, as with these services candidates’ marks and subject grades may be lowered. Failure to do so is considered centre malpractice. Candidate consent for clerical re-checks and reviews of marking must be obtained after the publication of results.

  • Candidates must be informed that their marks and subject grades could go down as well as up and must provide their written consent before a request is submitted. (A suggested form for centres to use is included as Appendix A. Written consent from the candidate is also acceptable by email.)
  • An online request carries with it confirmation to the awarding body that the candidate’s written consent has been obtained. (The submission of a signed request form does likewise.)
  • Consent forms or emails from candidates must be retained by the centre and kept for at least six months following the outcome of the clerical recheck or review of marking or any subsequent appeal. The awarding bodies reserve the right to request such documentation.

Review process

Service 1 (Clerical re-check)

The request must be received by the awarding body by 29 September 2022. The deadline for completion is within 10 calendar days of the awarding body receiving the request. This service will include the following checks:

  • that all parts of the script have been marked
  • the totalling of marks
  • the recording of marks

The outcome of the clerical re-check will be reported along with a statement of the total marks awarded for each unit, or component, included in the enquiry. Only Service 1 clerical re-checks can be requested for objective tests (multiple choice tests).

Service 2 (Review of marking)

This is a post-results review of the original marking to ensure that the mark scheme has been applied correctly. A marking error can occur because of:

  • an administrative error
  • a failure to apply the mark scheme where a task has only a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer
  • an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement

The awarding body will train its reviewers to conduct reviews of marking accurately and consistently. Reviewers will not re-mark the script. They will only act to correct any errors identified in the original marking. The service is available for externally assessed components of both unitised and linear GCE and GCSE specifications. The request must be received by the awarding body by 29 September 2022. The deadline for completion is within 20 calendar days of the awarding body receiving the request. This service will include:

  • the clerical re-checks detailed in Service 1
  • a review of marking as described above

Candidate consent form

Clerical re-checks, reviews of marking and appeals Candidate consent form

Fees 

Fees for Review of Results – Candidates/Parents are liable to pay the fees for Review of Marking charged by the exam boards. A consent form must be complete for each subject component/unit. Fees are applied for each component/unit where a review of results is requested.

KS4 result/GCSEs: £40

KS5 results/A level: £45

Payments will be completed via Scopay prior to submission to exam board requesting a review of marking.

Appeals

Appeals for internal candidates must be submitted by the head of centre. A head of centre can appeal against the outcome of a clerical re-check, a review of marking or a review of moderation. When providing their consent to a clerical re-check or review of marking, a candidate also confirms that they understand that the outcome of any subsequent appeal might be that their final subject grade and/or mark may be lower than, higher than, or stay the same as the result which was originally awarded.

Appeals can be processed for:

  • Exam and non-exam assessment (NEA) results. You can only make an appeal if you've already requested and received the outcome of a review of marking or moderation review. Appeals should focus on whether an awarding body has:
  1. a) used procedures that were consistent with regulatory requirements.
  2. b) applied its procedures properly and fairly in arriving at judgements.
  3. c) properly applied the mark scheme.
  • Malpractice decisions – when we have applied a malpractice penalty.
  • Access arrangements and special consideration decisions – if we’ve declined your application or you disagree with the level of adjustment made.

Please note that internal candidates and/or their parents/carers are not entitled to appeal directly to the awarding body. Representations must be made to the head of centre where the candidate was entered or registered. The head of centre’s decision as to whether to proceed with an appeal is subject to the centre’s internal appeals arrangements.

 JCQ Guidance

JCQ – Review of Results: https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Post-Results-Service_June22_FINAL-1.pdf

JCQ – Appeals: https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/JCQ-Appeals-booklet-effective-from-June-2022_FINAL.pdf

Priority Review of Results for Year 13

If you are in Year 13, have applied to university but have not met the grades required for your conditional UCAS offer, we will process your appeal as a priority as your place at university may be dependent on the outcome.  You should also tell the university you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer. 

To be considered for priority processing you must submit your appeal to us by end of Thursday 25th  August so that we have enough time to process it.  You will need to select the priority option and must include your UCAS id number - we cannot process a priority appeal without it