Colleges across Wales celebrate the achievements of their learners in an unprecedented year

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We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of learners today as they receive their AS, A level and vocational qualification results. Learners have risen to the challenges that have faced them in what has been an unprecedented and difficult academic year. We acknowledge and applaud their resilience and commitment to continue with their studies in uncertain times. We also thank all staff, parents and carers for their dedication and support in helping learners to achieve their best.

ColegauCymru Chair Dafydd Evans said,

“We are delighted to celebrate our learners and their achievements today. Colleges across Wales are now providing support and guidance to individuals as they take their next steps, be that into higher education, an apprenticeship or employment opportunity.”

Further, we welcome the Minister for Education’s pledge that A level grades in Wales this year will be no lower than those that were achieved at AS the previous year and we will continue to monitor and respond to the situation as it evolves.

Colleges have worked tirelessly and meticulously to follow guidelines set by awarding organisations and regulators in the awarding process. The awarding process includes a number of complex elements, both at centre and awarding organisation level, which contribute to the accurate, fair and robust awarding of qualifications.

ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies added,

“We note the concern in the awarding of A level grades here in Wales and welcome the steps being made to address this. We await further guidance on issues relating to the Welsh Baccalaureate and AS grade contributions to next year’s A2 awards. We look forward to working closely with WJEC, Qualifications Wales and Welsh Government colleagues to resolve any issues over the coming days”.

Iestyn Davies concluded,

“We wholeheartedly congratulate learners, staff and parents in their collective achievements today and wish them every success for the future. They remain the priority for FE colleges and advice and guidance services will be on hand to assist them to take the next steps.”

Further reading

Statement from Education Minister, Kirsty Williams on A/AS Level and Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Results 2020

"We wholeheartedly congratulate learners, staff and parents in their collective achievements today and wish them every success for the future."

ColegauCymru's Chief Executive, Iestyn Davies

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