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Approach to awarding for 2021-22

Working together to support learner success.

This summer, we were delighted to have seen thousands of learners celebrate their vocational qualification results and progress to the next stage of their lives. We are now looking ahead to the 2021-22 session and you can find a wealth of support and guidance on these pages. You are also still able to access archived information for 2020-21 in this hub as well.

2020-21 results information

If you are a centre and have a query around 2020-21 learner results, please take a look at this page to guide you through the best course of action. You can also contact our Customer Support team on 0191 239 8000, by emailing [email protected] or by using web chat.

If you are a learner or parent, you might find this page more helpful, or you can speak to your school, college or provider for further information.

Late Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) submissions for 2020-21

If you still need to claim a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) relating to the 2020-21 session for a learner, you will need to follow a different process from 1 September. Our updated TAG Portal User Guide provides you with all the information you need to know for this process and you can take a look at page 50 here.

Please note that for Functional Skills qualifications, the eligibility process has now ended. Late TAGs can be submitted for learners with eligibility, and please follow the late TAG process, detailed in the TAG Portal User Guide.

Plans for 2021-22

Ofqual and the DfE have published the consultation outcomes on ‘Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of vocational, technical and other general qualifications: 2021 to 2022’ and we can provide you with the key information from the consultation outcomes as well as NCFE’s approach to awarding for 2021-22. We have published our blueprint for the year ahead and also delivered a webinar which you can view on the page linked below.

More detailed adaptation information is now available for most of our qualifications on QualHub. A limited number of qualifications are still being reviewed and you can find details on when to expect adaptations for these here.

Read more .

Further support

We stand ready to support you and your staff this year, and our Customer Support team is available to answer any questions you may have about results and appeals – call us on 0191 239 8000 or email us at [email protected].

Each week, we also send you an email newsletter to keep you up to date - if you’re not currently receiving these email updates, please complete this form to ensure you are on our mailing list.

Media Contact

For all media enquiries, please contact Lindsay Plumpton, Communications and PR Manager, with your request and she’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can reach Lindsay at [email protected]

Take a look at our frequently asked questions

Providing answers to your most common queries, such as:

  • Have my results been submitted to UCAS?
  • What do I do if I’m missing a TAG or have submitted an incorrect TAG?
  • What is your appeals process and when do I use it?
  • Why is the portal showing a partial rather than full certificate status for my learner?
  • How do I claim certificates?
  • What are the plans for awarding and assessment in 21-22?

Read quick answers to these questions and more. 


Results and appeals for 2020-21

Take a look at our guidance on how to access results and certificates, answers to queries on results, what our appeals process looks like, and more.

Find out more

Our approach to awarding for 2021-22

  • Outcomes from joint Ofqual and DfE consultation
  • Our approach confirmed and blueprint published

Our support for you

Read about the support package we have in place including extended opening hours, our FAQs and webinar recordings.


Learner information

From self-care tips to advice on your next steps in education and routes into employment.


Successful outcomes in the face of adversity

We’re delighted to share some stories of wonderful learners who have succeeded against the odds and are now flourishing in the next stage of their lives – including working front line in our NHS.


Anywhere, anytime assessment

We can’t wait to have you on board with our trialled and tested remote invigilation solution.


End-point assessment

Discover how we’re supporting customers digitally to keep end-point assessment on track.


Archived information on our approach to awarding for 2020-21. Please note: this information below relates to last year.

Teacher Assessed Grade submission and Quality Assurance information

Access guidance on how to submit your Teacher Assessed Grades and read more about our approach to assessment for these qualifications, including Quality Assurance.


Qualifications which can not be awarded through a Teacher Assessed Grade in 2020-21

Read more about how we have categorised these qualifications, what this means, and the adaptations we have put in place to support your learners to achieve.


Ofqual’s qualification explainer tool

Access this interactive tool to see how specific qualifications will be assessed and awarded, including which qualifications can be awarded through a Teacher Assessed Grade. You can then access the relevant page below.


Subject specific information in 2020-21

Here you will find specific information on some of our most popular product areas including V Certs, T Levels, Functional Skills and our new ‘knowledge only’ EYE and EYP qualifications.

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