Due to the spread of Covid-19, the GCSE 2021 summer exams have been called off. The government has put teacher assessed grades in place of GCSE exams to help provide students in college and schools with their final GCSE grades. GCSE grades are very important for further education and employment, especially GCSE maths and English. There is uncertainty as to how external candidates, people who are not in mainstream education, adult learners and homeschooled students are going to get their GCSE grades this summer. Below is information about teacher assessed grades and alternatives that will help you.


Teacher assessed grades for those in schools and colleges

The way to get the best grade out of this situation is by trying your best in the mock exams and any ongoing work that has been given. You can also help the teacher assess grades by giving extra evidence to your school or college. The controlled assessments for GCSE maths exams which MME providers, are like mock exams and the results will be sent to your school or college as further evidence for your grade.


GCSE Exams and GCSE resits

GCSE resits are still going ahead in November 2021 and the iGCSE haven’t changed, you can still book as an external candidate with MME. You can reach a member of MME’s team by calling them on 020 3633 5145. You are able to visit MME’s GCSE maths retake page for more information about the resit exams.


Teacher assessed grades for external candidates


If you are not in mainstream education, it is uncertain how you will obtain a teacher assessed grade, however MME and GCSE examiners have come up with a solution. The solution is a series of assessments that will help external candidates to acquire GCSE grades. You can visit MME’s GCSE maths controlled assessment page to book the assessments.


Alternatives to GCSE exams and teacher assessed grades

There are other qualifications that are equivalent to a GCSE exam that are accepted by establishments such as Universities and employers. When you apply to these establishments you will find a phrase that is often used which is  ‘Give your GCSE or GCSE equivalent qualifications‘. Another name that is used for GCSE equivalent qualifications is functional skills. Functional skills level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade C/level 4. The four links will direct you to functional skills pages to help provide more information about them:


Nurses and Trainee Teachers

The GCSE equivalency test is another option for an alternative and is common amongst trainee teachers and nurses. Many course providers accept this qualification however it isn’t universal so before you book this test, you might want to double check with your employer or course provider that they accept it. The reason why this qualification is common amongst trainee teachers is because SCITT and training providers prefer it over functional skills.