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V Certs and schools

On this page you will find information relating specifically to alternative arrangements for the awarding of V Cert qualifications in 2020-21.

With that in mind, this web page sets out our latest advice on:

  • NCFE’s approach to awarding for 2020-21 – see the document linked on the right
  • submission of Teacher Assessed Grades – deadline was 18 June 2021 to guarantee results by results week in August
  • adaptations to synoptic projects
  • webinar recordings taking you through adaptations for V Certs
  • exams which take place in an assessment window
  • cancellation of February and March exams.

Approach to awarding for 2020-21

You can read more about our approach to awarding and details on Teacher Assessed Grades here. The document contains details of qualification categorisation, Teacher Assessed Grade guidance, information on External Quality Assurance, results, post-results processes and more.

Submission of Teacher Assessed Grades

The deadline for submission of Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) was 18 June, to guarantee results for your learners by week commencing 9 August. You can submit TAGs after this point if you do not require your learners’ results by a specific date. Unlike last year where we asked you to submit Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) via a separate portal, this year we have adapted and developed our usual portal to accept TAGs from you, making it a much more user-friendly experience. Your staff will already be familiar with the screens in the portal and we have created a comprehensive TAG Portal User Guide to help them navigate this – read more.

Remember – You must make a booking for learners on V Cert external assessments (where the assessments were cancelled for this session) – this is necessary before you submit any TAGs. You can see a record of all bookings made on the bookings screen within the NCFE Portal.

Adaptations to synoptic projects

We know that due to a sustained period of online delivery, the synoptic project for our V Cert qualifications (listed below) cannot be delivered in the usual way with the existing control measures. See the qualifications affected below:

Therefore, we have made a number of adaptations with remote learning in mind:

  • Removal of Controlled Regulations - centres will not be required to implement NCFE’s Regulations for the Conduct of Controlled Assessment to monitor the completion of the synoptic project and therefore learners will be able to complete the synoptic project at home, unsupervised. In terms of marking and quality assurance, there will be no change, in that centres will still mark the synoptic projects, internally quality assure the work, and then submit for external quality assurance.
  • Removal of set hours for completion - we have removed the ‘21 hours completion time’ restriction, meaning there is now no set number of hours in which the synoptic project must be completed. However, learners are still required to complete the learner logs and record the hours taken to complete their synoptic project to support marking of ‘Assessment Objective 5’.
  • Submission deadlines – in response to your feedback, we have made further changes to the synoptic project submission process to allow additional flexibility for learners and centres. Deadline dates for submission 1 and submission 2 have been removed, centres will now only work towards the TAG submission dates – ensuring that all final grades are submitted by the closing date which will be confirmed in due course.
  • Resubmissions - learners will still be able to have a resubmission opportunity and this will be managed internally by your centre. Learners should have opportunity to undertake two submissions (first submission and resubmission) but the final grade only should be entered onto the portal. Grades for a learners first submission do not need to be entered on the portal, but assessment records should be kept up to date to provide a full audit trail of the resubmission.
  • Adaptation to synoptic project briefs – the updated Adaptation Templates are now available on the qualification web pages linked below and the revised synoptic project briefs are available via the bookings page on the portal.

Catch up on our webinars

We recently ran a series of webinars where David Kiernan, our dedicated V Cert Curriculum Officer, took attendees through the detail of the adaptations for these qualifications step by step – from delivery to assessment. You can catch up on these via the links below.

A reminder to book your EQA review

We would encourage you to book your EQA review as soon as possible. On the portal there will the option to submit your grades as standard or via a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG).  If you have completed the synoptic project fully then please submit the grade as standard. Where you have not been able to complete the synoptic project fully and are supplementing it with any additional evidence, please indicate this as a TAG when submitting on the portal. 

Once we have received your final grades submitted in the portal (either as standard or TAG), the EQA review can take place. Your EQA review will be supportive, will review your TAG approach (if applicable) and any evidence, alongside the usual annual centre checks. Further information and guidance on TAG evidence can be found in our ‘approach to awarding for 2020-21’ document, on the tile on this page.

If you require additional support, please discuss this with your allocated EQA.


Our previous and upcoming webinars

- Preparing for your V Cert EQA review – watch now

- Approach to awarding for V Certs – watch now

- Preparing TAGs for V Certs – Level 1 and Level 2 Technical Awards – watch now

- Preparing TAGs for V Certs – Level 1/2 Technical Awards – watch now

NCFE’s approach to awarding for 2020-21


Submission of Teacher Assessed Grades

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