Planning ahead for 2020/21

As colleagues will be aware, on 22 September, Ofqual, FAB, JCQ and other sector partners issued a joint statement on how awarding organisations should work together and communicate with centres to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on technical and vocational assessment and awarding 2020/21 – working under the Extended ERF.

Since then, we have worked in consultation with colleagues from across the sector to finalise our plans on qualification and assessment adaptations, as well as looking at how we can work with centres and learners in a wider sense, through a range of resources and support. You can now find detailed adaptation per qualification type on the individual qualification pages on QualHub

In this dedicated web hub, you will find detailed information for centres, learners and parents on:

  • FAQs (on adaptations page)
  • adaptations for our different qualification types – full detail now available
  • our external assessment timetable
  • Functional Skills
  • EPA
  • resources to support with remote learning
  • information for parents and learners
  • our process for awarding summer 2020
  • and more.

Plans for 2021 summer exams and assessments – NCFE response

The government has announced new measures to ensure assessments in 2021 remain as fair as possible for all learners. At NCFE, we welcome this positive action to ensure no learner is disadvantaged in a challenging year. We will now be looking across all our VTQ and PTQ qualifications to see what further assessment adaptations can be made - we will update you on this as soon as possible. You can review our current proposed adaptations for the year ahead on QualHub and read more about our general approach here.


Read more on our qualification and assessment adaptations for 20/21 – access our qualification blueprint, take a look at the detail through QualHub or consult our helpful FAQs.

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External Assessment timetable

Access our external assessment timetable for the year ahead and keep up to date with any changes.

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Functional Skills

Find out specific information on Functional Skills including the new certification end dates for legacy Functional Skills qualifications.

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

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Resources and information for learners, parents and providers

An area of information including resources to support remote learning and mental health support in light of the second national lockdown

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Exceptional arrangements for summer 2020

We worked with centres to issue almost 90,000 results over the summer. Access information on in-scope qualifications, the process of grade estimation and customer credit relating to the ERF for summer 2020.

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Case study: Learners at Burnley College achieve successful outcomes despite interruptions of Covid-19

Burnley College put together a comprehensive remote learning programme to support their Childcare and Education learners to achieve without access to the classroom.
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Media contact

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If you have questions on any of the below, please contact our customer support team on 0191 239 8000 or by emailing [email protected].