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Exam Service

The College has a dedicated Exams Office, with staff who ensure examinations are efficiently organised and exam results are promptly delivered to students. They are also on hand to help students with any queries they may have about exams and to organise copies of exam scripts and re-takes if necessary.

Autumn 2020 Exam Entry Application Form

Application forms must be with the Exams Office on or before 2:00pm on Friday 28 August. Try to have your entry in early. Note that exam entries may not be processed if your application is received after the 28 August deadline.

Students who enrolled with Solihull Sixth Form College between 2018- 2020 will be entered free of charge for the Autumn Series exams only.

The application form can be located on the college Moodle page (via Student Services, then click into Exams and follow the instructions).

Withdrawal from Entry(s)

If your circumstances change and you no longer need to take the October Exams, it is important that you inform the Exams Office by emailing exams@solihullsfc.ac.uk by Monday 28 September, so that your entries are withdrawn.

Results will be released 0n 17 December 2020.

Appeals – Summer 2020 Exams

In the first instance, a candidate should contact their academic coach (from Monday 17 August) to voice their concerns. Evidence will then be presented to the Principal and he will decide whether there is a case for appeal.

Currently, centres can appeal on behalf of a candidate(s) on the following grounds:

• An administrative error made by the centre when submitting grades
• An administrative error made by the awarding body

Remember that if a student wishes appeal their grade, it can go up, down or stay the same. If someone else in their cohort appeals their grade and the exam board finds an issue that affects other students’ results, the student’s grade is protected and will not go down if the appeal was not made on their behalf.

Student requesting an appeal may have to pay if the mark is not changed. Candidates must notify the university of the appeal.

External Candidate Re-sit Exam Entry Criteria:

Summer 2021 External Candidate Resit Application

Solihull Sixth Form College only accept re-sit entries from ex-students under exceptional circumstances and this must be approved by the Exams Manager. External Candidates will be required to have a discussion with a member of SLT before completing and handing in/emailing an application form to the Exams Office. Once it has been agreed for you to resit here at college, you will need to inform the Exams Manager on or after 29 October 2020. Deadline for the Exams Office to receive a completed application form is 29 January 2021.

Acceptance as an External Candidate for re-sit will be based on the following:
• If you have been accepted on a course at University or HE then you will not be allowed to re-sit. Only candidates whose place is dependent on their grades will be permitted.
• Attendance at lessons must have been 90% or above.
• No current or outstanding commitment issues recorded whilst studying at College.
• Extenuating circumstances, which prevented you from sitting an exam in the summer.
• Only re-sits of exams already attempted at College can be accepted. Entries to new exams will not be allowed.
• We do not allow external candidates to re-sit coursework/practical units in any subject.

Exams Documents

The JCQ documents shown below should be read before candidates take external exams at this centre. It is also recommended that the College’s own exam arrangement document be read so that candidates are fully prepared.

Information for candidates for written examinations (AQA, City & Guilds, CCEA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC)
Information for candidates for non-examination assessments (AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC)
Information for Candidates – On-Screen Tests
Information for candidates – Privacy Notice
Information for candidates – Coursework Assessments
Information for candidates – Using Social Media
College Exam Arrangements
College BTEC Policy

Exam Results Procedures

After students leave the College, the Exams Office provide a service to students that supports enrolments at university or proof of grades for employers, by way of the official exam certificates. These certificates are available for collection from the Exams Office from 1 December.

Certificates – Methods of Obtaining Certificates

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, past students will not be able to visit the College to collect their certificates. If you’ve completed your studies  and have not collected your certificates, we can provide a postal service. Visit the ParentPay website and pay £3.00 via card payment and the exams office will post your certificates by first class recorded delivery. Alternatively, you can wait and visit the exams office when the pandemic is over. We hold certificates for up to 5 years from the year you completed your studies.

When we can resume collections in person, students should arrange an appointment with the Exams Office to collect certificates by telephoning 0121 704 2581 ext 4800 or emailing exams@solihullsfc.ac.uk. For those that are unable to collect their certificates in person, they have the following options:

A Nominated Person: This person can come into College to collect certificates on a student’s behalf. However, this person MUST have a letter, signed by the student, giving them permission to collect on their behalf. A prior appointment must be made with the Exams Office by calling 0121 704 2581 ext 4800 or emailing exams@solihullsfc.ac.uk.

If you are unable to collect or nominate someone to collect your certificates on your behalf, please ring the Exams Office to discuss other options.

Lost Certificates
In the unfortunate event that exam certificates are lost, students will need to apply directly to the Awarding Bodies for replacement statement of results at a cost of approximately £40. Listed below are the direct links to Awarding Body Websites.

AQA Past Results
Edexcel Replacement Results
OCR Lost  Certificates
WJEC Replacement Certificates

Important – Contingency Day

Reminder to all Candidates sitting A level and GCSE Examinations in 2021. The Awarding Bodies have agreed a ‘contingency day’ which is Tuesday 29 June 2021 for examinations. This contingency date has been set aside to address any national or local disruption which may arise during the June 2021 examinations series. Consequently, it is advised that candidates do not plan a holiday or be at any distance from college before 30 June 2020. Thank you for your cooperation.

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