Last Updated on October 12, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Ofqual, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, has recently announced new measures to ensure the smooth and timely delivery of results for vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) in 2024 and beyond. These arrangements are aimed at facilitating students’ progression into further or higher education.
Under the new guidelines, awarding organizations will collaborate with schools and colleges to identify students who require their results on or before the standard results days in August. This term-time checkpoint will occur prior to the start of the main exam season, which typically commences in May. The arrangements will be applicable to Level 3, Level 1/2, and Level 2 VTQs used for progression.
To determine which qualifications qualify for these arrangements, awarding organizations will provide a comprehensive list. Students who are enrolled in these qualifying qualifications can expect to receive their results on or before A level/Level 3 results day and GCSE/Level 2 results day.
To ensure a seamless process, awarding organizations will release the results to schools and colleges in advance. This will allow ample time for exams officers to review and prepare the results for final release to the students. By addressing any potential issues promptly, even outside of term-time, the awarding organizations will maintain updated contact information for each school and college’s senior designated contact.
These measures have been put in place to alleviate any potential delays or complications in delivering VTQ results. By providing earlier access to results, students will have greater flexibility in planning their future academic endeavors. This is particularly crucial for individuals considering further education or higher education options, where timely access to their results can significantly impact their choices and progression.
The new arrangements from Ofqual are expected to enhance the overall experience for students undertaking vocational and technical qualifications. By establishing a more streamlined process, students can expect a more efficient and reliable delivery of their results, ensuring a smoother transition into their chosen career paths.