NSCG | A Level Results Day 2020
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A Level Results Day 2020

Hello to 'The A Level Class of 2020'. After an unprecedented year, we hope you've managed to have a relaxing summer and that you are looking forward, feeling prepared and ready for the next phase of your educational or career journey.

As we're sure you will appreciate, A Level Results Day this year will be very different at the College due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Your A Level results will be available to view on i-site from just after 8am on Thursday 13 August. Alternatively, our Newcastle College and Stafford College campuses will be open to students between 9am and 12 noon for you to collect your results in person and catch up with your fellow classmates and/or staff members. Sixth form staff, expert careers advisors and university representatives will be on hand throughout the morning for clearing advice, progression support or any other guidance you may need. Whichever campus you're at, please rest assured, we've got you covered.

All students will have received a letter from us by post, providing them with a dedicated 30-minute time slot of when they're invited to the College to collect their results. It is important that if you are coming in to college to collect your results, you do so within the time slot given.

We can assure you that we've made the College environment as safe as possible for you to collect your results, say your 'goodbyes' to teaching staff, and gain any further information, advice or guidance on your next steps, if needed.

If you haven't received a letter confirming your time slot for A Level Results Day, please email natalie.cliff@nscg.ac.uk (Newcastle College) or joanne.clarke@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford College).

When attending the College on A Level Results Day, please ensure that:

  • You bring a fully charged mobile phone in case you need to telephone a university or speak to a media representative, and a pen.
  • You follow safer travel guidelines.
  • You sanitise your hands in our main reception on arrival, and maintain social distancing rules at all times. You should follow the 'two-way keep left system' that is in operation in all areas of the building, including stairwells. There is lots of signage in place and plenty of staff on hand during the morning to help you, if needed.

Our marketing team will be capturing photographs and interviews throughout the morning to allow us to commemorate 'The Class of 2020' and you’ll have the opportunity to leave an entry in our Yearbook and/or join our alumni network.

If you are unable to join us on the morning, please remember to tag us in your celebration selfies, videos, messages or memories using the hashtag #NSCGResults #NSCGClassOf2020 – these posts will be used in our Class of 2020 Yearbook.

Have you applied to university?

Always check UCAS Track for the most up to date information about your course offers. Do not withdraw or accept any offers if you are unsure and make panicked or rushed decisions. Going to university is a huge step and although you don’t want any unnecessary delays, you do have time to think, reflect and visit institutions to make sure they are right for you. If in doubt on the day, speak to a member of staff.

Finally, remember no matter what your results, we’ll be here to support you on your next steps.

How were my grades calculated?

The Ofqual Student Guide Summer 2020 has all the information you may need regarding the changes to how your grades were assessed this year, but in summary:

· NSCG was able to assess grades with a high degree of accuracy, the tutors who contributed to the process know their students well.

· The grades NSCG submitted to the exam boards were based on objective evidence and agreed by the College following a rigorous internal quality assurance process and are not the sole responsibility of any individual teacher.

· The standardisation model developed by Ofqual and the awarding organisations is statistical, designed to adjust for different interpretations of the standards by different centres and the results may not reflect the grades submitted by the centre.

· The standardisation process applied by the exam boards ensures grades awarded this year are consistent with those awarded to other cohorts in other years. We know that the Centre Assessed grades were higher than this nationally, meaning that there will be some downward adjustment at subject and centre level.

What should I do if I am unhappy with my grades?

Update 18/08/20:

After the problems with the awarding of A Level grades over the last few days, the UK Government have now made a further announcement. This announcement confirms that the A Level grades students will receive will be the centre assessment grades that were submitted to awarding bodies by schools and colleges.

We are now awaiting further information on how this will happen. As soon as we have this, we will update students. We understand how stressful the last few days have been and wanted to reassure you that we will continue to do all we can to support you.

We will do everything we can to support students to make decisions about their progression. As is the case every year, there will be students whose final grades might require a change of plan. If your results aren't what you are expecting, don't worry! In the first instance, you should speak to your personal tutor who will be on hand to support you and provide you with further information on the options available.

If you wish to review the grades that NSCG submitted to the exam boards, you must send your request in writing to your our A Level administration team in the first instance – Natalie Cliff (Newcastle campus) Natalie.cliff@nscg.ac.uk or Joanne Clarke (Stafford campus) joanne.clarke@nscg.ac.uk. When submitting your request please confirm your full name, the campus you studied at, your student number, your date of birth and the subjects you would like to see. We aim to provide you with your centre assessed grades to your college inbox within 48 hours of your initial request.

Update 11/08/20:

On 11 August, the Department for Education confirmed that some students will be offered the option to use grades given in mock exams instead of their standardised centre assessed A-Level grades. Further detail behind how this will work in practice is expected to be made available during w/c 17 August 2020 and we will be in touch directly with those students who may wish to make an appeal as soon as we have further information to share.

What careers support will be available?

At both campuses, staff will be available for advice on careers and for those applying to university who wish to join the Clearing scheme. They will help you consider your options, make choices and any late applications.

There will be internet access to UCAS throughout – so you can check your application.

(Don't forget to bring your UCAS ID number and password with you – on your first letter from them!)

Remember we also offer a range of Higher Education and Apprenticeship courses at NSCG and staff from these areas will be available at both campuses.

Staff from local universities, including Keele and Staffordshire University will also be on site from 9am to 11am on Results Day.

Worried or concerned about Results Day?

Newcastle Campus: If you are worried, unsure or uncertain, you can email Mary at mary.bradshaw@nscg.ac.uk or telephone her on 01782 254261.

Stafford Campus: If you are worried, unsure or uncertain, you can email Claire at claire.owen1@nscg.ac.uk or telephone her on 01785 275474.

I've had an awesome time at college, how do I stay in touch?

That's great! We've loved having you. If you'd like to keep in touch you can do so by signing up to our alumni network. We’re working hard to build a thriving alumni community that provides opportunities for you to keep connected,network, mentor current students, return to college for special events, enhance your professional development and more.

You might also want to consider leaving us a review on our Facebook pages, to let other people know about the amazing experiences you've had while at college.

Newcastle College Facebook

Stafford College Facebook

And, don't forget, if you are unable to join us on results day, please remember to tag us in your celebration selfies, videos, messages or memories using the hashtag #NSCGResults #NSCGClassOf2020 – these posts will be used in our Class of 2020 Yearbook.