The JCQ and its awarding body members (AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC) wish to remind centres that candidates must now be informed of their centre assessed marks so that they may request a review of the centre’s marking before marks are submitted to the awarding body.

Centres must plan to complete the following activities ahead of the awarding bodies’ published deadlines for the submission of marks.

The centre must:

  • inform each candidate with an entry for centre assessed work of the mark(s) awarded and advise them that they may request copies of materials to assist them in considering whether to request a review of the centre’s marking of the assessment†;

  • having received a request for copies of materials, promptly make them available to the candidate;

  • provide candidates with sufficient time in order to allow them to review copies of materials and reach a decision;

  • allow sufficient time for the review to be carried out, make any necessary changes to marks and inform the candidate of the outcome, all before the awarding body’s deadline;

  • ensure that the review of marking is carried out by an assessor who has appropriate competence, has had no previous involvement in the assessment of that candidate and has no personal interest in the outcome of the review‡;

  • instruct the reviewer to ensure that the candidate’s mark is consistent with the standard set by the centre;

  • inform the candidate promptly in writing of the outcome of the review of the centre’s marking.

†These materials could include a copy of their marked work, the relevant specification and associated subject-specific documents.

‡This may be a third party, provided that they meet the conditions defined above.