Overview

Exam boards design courses and determine the assessment methods they use in order to ascertain a candidate’s grade in that qualification.

The Isle of Man draws upon a wide range of exam boards, from different jurisdictions.

This allows us to have a wide and varied selection of qualifications, each one chosen based on the content and the assessment methodology. Students are then able to choose to study subjects that allow them to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the most appropriate way.

This flexibility is a huge benefit to students. However during this period of disruption, due to Covid19, it does highlight the complexity of the examination system as different jurisdictions can act independently of each other.

Below is a list the exam boards and qualifications we currently use. The links will enable you to monitor, for yourself, information issued by the exam board. You will also be able to navigate to the relevant courses for updates about content or assessment methods.

Teachers and Subject Leaders are monitoring the situation carefully and will keep their students up to date with changes taking place; they will also adapt their teaching and ensure they are setting appropriate assignments that could be used as evidence if needed further down the line.

The school will issue updates, in the form of letters, to students and parents in an attempt to help everyone understand any changes made.

Please contact the school if you have any concerns or if you are having trouble interpreting information relating to changes being made to a course being studied.


Exam boards at KS4


WJEC

CIE

SQA

Pearson BTEC

AQA

OCR

ASDAN

Wales

International

Scotland

England

England

England

England

Drama

Mathematics

French

Spanish

PE (Short Course)

RE

RE (short Course)

Fashion & Textiles

Food & Nutrition

Product design

Engineering design

Maths (entry level)

Business Studies

Computer Science

English Language

English Literature

Geography

History

Music

PE

Science (Combined)

Science (Coordinated)

Science (Separates)

Digital Applications

ICT

Practical cookery

Practical Woodwork

Skills for Work Engineering

Health and Social

Sport

Child development

RE (entry level)

English (Entry Level)

Science Entry level)

CoPE



KS5 Exam boards


AQA

WJEC

LIBF

SQA

Pearson

CIE

OCR

England

Wales

England

Scotland

England

International

England

Art and Design

Computer Science

Economics

Maths

Core Maths

Spanish

Extended Project

Psychology

Sociology

Business

Food science

Product design

Fashion and Textiles

RE

Drama and Theatre studies

Financial Studies

ICT

BTEC Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

BTEC Health and Social

BTEC Sport

English Language

English Literature

French

Government & Politics

PE

Geography

History

Media

Music

Biology

Chemistry

Physics


Current situation overview


Scotland (SQA)
  • Exams Cancelled
  • Focus on Coursework
We have receive no further detail as to how SQA will extrapolate from the coursework element to calculate the final grade.

Students to focus on completing any coursework components to the highest possible standard.
Wales (WJEC)
  • Exams cancelled
  • WJEC grades will be awarded this summer using a Centre-determined grade model
This means that students’ grades will be determined by us in school, based on an assessment of work.
An assessment framework will be provided by Qualifications Wales (the Regulator for exams in Wales) and guidance and quality assurance over our activities will be provided by WJEC.
Detailed proposals are under development in Wales, and more information will be available as the plans progress.

Students to continue working on covering all subject content and coursework until further guidance is issued.

England (AQA, Pearson, BTEC, OCR)
  • Exams cancelled
  • Grades will be awarded this summer using a Centre-determined grade model
  • Agreement "not use an algorithm to set or automatically standardise grades"
This means that students’ grades will be determined by us in school, based on an assessment of work.

Exam boards may also provide short assessment tasks/papers for school to set and mark in order to help staff gather enough evidence on which to base their grades.

Detailed proposals are under development about how exam boards will ensure consistency across all centres.

Students to continue working on covering all subject content and coursework until further guidance is issued.
Cambridge International (CIE)
  • Still consulting
  • No further update
We will update students and parents when we receive information from CIE

Students to continue working on covering all subject content and coursework until further guidance is issued.