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Statement on the UK Government approach to qualifications for English schools in 2021

Statement | 06 January 2021

At Cardiff Metropolitan University we take pride in being a values-driven university where we put the wellbeing of our students, staff and community first. 

The UK Education Secretary’s announcement today (6 January) that A-levels, AS level and GCSE exams will be replaced in England by teacher-based assessments, following Wales’ lead, will provide students and the sector with much needed clarity. 

We welcome the decision, which will give students in England the time to maximize their learning opportunities and universities the ability to develop our admissions processes to ensure that no students are disadvantaged. 

This announcement follows on from our commitment to students in Wales following the decision taken by the Welsh Government Minister for Education back in November 2020 to adopt teacher-based assessments in 2021.

We want to provide further reassurance that no student will be disadvantaged as a result of today’s announcement and our Schools and Colleges Liaison team will continue to provide prospective students with much needed support in making their UCAS applications. The deadline for UCAS applications has been extended to the 29 January, 2021 for September 2021 entry.

Our Virtual Open Day Experience pages are live and our Admissions team are on hand to answer any questions about the admissions process and are always available on email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.     

We’re here to offer students as much support as we can to make sure they have the right information to make informed decisions about their future.