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Oxbridge’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted by Oxbridge on Friday, 13 March 2020

Last revised: 19th January 14:50

For all updates on exams and assessments that are due to take place in summer 2021, please login to your MyOxbridge account and visit the ‘Exams and Non-Exam Assessment’ tile where you’ll find information on how the new guidance affects you and what you need to do next.

Last revised: 6th January 2021, 14.30

This afternoon, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that GCSE and A-level exams will be cancelled in England this summer, and that grades will instead be ‘teacher assessed’. At the moment, we have no further details about this process, or what it will look like, but will be monitoring the situation closely and awaiting further details. As soon as we do know, we’ll post this information here and on social media.

We realise that this announcement will be frustrating and upsetting for many, but we want to assure you that we will do everything we can to support you, and to help you navigate any new assessment process. If you were due to sit your exams this year, you’ll still need to book your exams to be able to receive a grade. We also remind students that the deadline for exam entry is 7th February, and that whilst you can also enter from 8th February to 31st March, you will incur late fees. Once again, our advice is to you is to continue with your studies, and complete all assessments to the very best of your ability. Your personal tutor is available should you need any extra support.

Last revised: 5th January 2021, 10.40am

Following the announcement of the Prime Minister last night about a further UK lockdown, we understand that our GCSE and A-level students will be anxious to find out how this affects summer 2021 exams. Although we’ve been made aware that exams will not be going ahead ‘as normal’, there is as yet no information on whether they will be taking place later in the year, or if some form of alternative assessment method will be used instead. Last academic year, the government introduced a Centre Assessed Grade (CAG). This was based on a learner’s progress across their whole course and took into account achievement in all assessments. This may be the method used again this year, but we have no confirmation of this at the moment.

We’re currently awaiting an announcement from the Education Secretary and Ofqual, and as soon as we know exactly how 2021 exams will be affected, we’ll make this information available to you on this page and on social media. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our students is our utmost priority, and we want to reassure everyone that Oxbridge will fully comply with all government regulations and guidance. At the moment, we advise all of our students to keep studying as usual, and to regularly check this page for updates.

Throughout the national lockdown, Oxbridge will remain open and operating as usual, and taking new enrolments. For existing students, tutor support remains unaffected, and all learning materials will remain available through MyOxbridge.

Last revised: 2nd November 2020, 10.45am

In light of the recent announcement of an impending four-week lockdown, we’d like to inform all current and prospective students that we’re still operating as usual and taking new enrolments. If you’re already studying with us, please be reassured that you will continue to have full access to all of your course material on MyOxbridge, and that your tutor support also remains unchanged. Looking ahead to next year’s A-level and GCSE exams, we will be monitoring the situation closely and acting in line with government advice to keep our students safe, and will be keeping you updated on this page. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Last revised: 13th May 2020, 15.10pm

In light of COVID_19, the Awarding Body NCFE, alongside Ofqual and in line with NEC, have put the following timeline for grade calculations for final examinations that would have normally taken place before the end of summer 2020. This applies to students sitting Functional Skills exams, GCSEs and A-Levels. It’s important to note that students should have previously submitted assessments in order for grades to be calculated.
  1. Oxbridge will collect and send required submissions to the Awarding Body by the end of May.
  2. Early June, Oxbridge will submit required data to support grade calculations.
  3. The grade processing and awarding will begin following this data submission and a grade calculation with be completed during June and July for all students supposed to sit examinations for their Oxbridge course.
  4. The Awarding Body will go through a quality assurance process with Oxbridge throughout June, July and August to ensure results are accurate.
  5. A-Level calculated results will arrive at Oxbridge on 13th August.
  6. GCSE and Level 2 Functional Skills calculated results will arrive at Oxbridge on the 20th August.
  7. Anybody wishing to appeal their calculated grade result can do so from the 14th August to the 3rd September, directly through Oxbridge who will appeal to the Awarding Body.

Last revised: 16th April 2020, 16.25pm

Any learner who is due to take a Functional Skills exam to achieve their certification this summer will receive a calculated grade, based on their tutor’s judgement. Tutors will use mock exam results and work submissions to inform their decision of every learner’s grade, which is final.

This process will work across the board for all awarding bodies, not just NCFE courses. However, we are waiting on more information from Ofqual before determining how this change will affect GCSE and A-Level students. Once we have an agreement with them, we will update all students this applies to individually.

Last revised: 25th March 2020, 11.22am

The awarding body, NCFE, have temporarily suspended all delivery services due to lockdown restrictions on all non-essential work. This means that there will be a delay in receiving your certificate if you are waiting for one. However, NCFE will endeavour to send certificates out as quickly as possible once they are able to. Thank you for your patience and understanding on the matter.

Last revised: 23rd March 2020, 5.35pm

In this trying time, Oxbridge wants to help. We have set aside Internal Funding to help those affected by the worldwide pandemic.  We will fund 20% of your course fees* when you use the code: FUND20

*Terms & Conditions Apply

Last revised: 20th March 2020, 2:54pm

A-Levels and GCSEs

In line with the most recent information provided by the government, all A-Level and GCSE exams will no longer take place in May and June. This affects every A-level and GCSE student.

Oxbridge is closely monitoring the ever-changing situation and working closely with exam boards and centers. As soon as we are in receipt of any updates we will, of course, communicate them to you.

For NCFE Cache Placement Students

Following the recent update on school closures and restricted access to care facilities, we will provide complimentary extensions for in-situ requirements, based on the time the placements are closed. We are monitoring the news closely and will provide further details once we have more information. During this time, please continue with the theory element of the course/s. As always we are committed to providing a premier educational provision and want to help and support in any way possible.

We continue to monitor the government’s advice and will update this news as and when developments happen.

Last revised: 17th March 2020, 1:00pm

At this time there are no further updates. The college is open and operating as normal.

Last updated: 13th March 2020

We’ve recently seen many colleges in the UK are currently amending classes and opening hours due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and would like to take this opportunity to inform and reassure our current and prospective students. Our courses, services, and tutor support will continue to be fully accessible.

To ensure this, we’re carrying out our contingency plans as necessary, which involves maintaining our work-from-home policy for all tutors. This means the support you need for your studies remains intact. We will continue to deliver courses and place extra emphasis on reminding our potential students that many of our courses can be studied online. You simply log on from any device.

At Oxbridge, we’re continuing to monitor the situation carefully. We’re following advice from the government and the relevant health authorities to protect and ensure the wellbeing of our colleagues and students. To keep you in the loop, we’ll be updating this page with any key changes in the situation and (if necessary) will contact and inform students directly, where appropriate. Until then, it’s business as usual.

For further information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to official government guidance. Click the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response