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Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) Vocational Course Appeals Process for Summer 2021

Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, most vocational course awarding organisations decided that there would be amended grading arrangements for vocational qualifications this year.

As a result, the final grades awarded to learners on JCQ vocational courses in Summer 2021 are based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). The TAGs awarded by college staff have been decided by college lecturers and have been subject to robust internal checks and a quality assurance exercise. This is to ensure that the grades that the college submits to awarding organisations are correct. 

The college will share the TAGs with learners studying on Level 3 courses on Tuesday 10th August 2021 and with learners studying on  Level 2 courses on Thursday 12th August 2021.

Should a learner then wish to appeal their grade(s), there is a two stage process to follow.

Stage One -  centre review 

A learner may submit a request to the college for a centre review only on the grounds that the centre has:

  • failed to follow its procedures properly or consistently;
  • made an administrative error in relation to the result.

Requests for centre reviews must be made by the candidate to the centre by:

  • 16 August 2021 (for priority appeals - students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice, i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice, and wish to appeal a Level 3 qualification result);
  • 3 September 2021 (in all other cases).

Appeals should be made to the college via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Coleg Sir Gar) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Coleg Ceredigion).  

Stage Two – appeals to the awarding organisation

Any learner who considers that there has been a procedural error, an administrative error or that their grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement (either because of the way that the grade has been determined and/or the selection of the evidence), may submit a request for an awarding organisation appeal after they have received the outcome of their centre review and after the publication of results.

All requests for an appeal must be made directly to the centre which submitted the grade and must be received by the awarding organisation by: 

  • 23 August 2021 for priority appeals (for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice, i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice, and wish to appeal a Level 3 qualification result);
  • 17 September 2021 for non-priority appeals.

Full details of the appeals process for JCQ vocational courses can be found here: https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/JCQ_Appeals-Guidance_Summer-2021.pdf