Latest Update: 19.02.2021

We would like to let you know of an important update from Cambridge International which is relevant for most of our AS and A Levels, as well as for Computer Science IGCSE.

1. Cambridge International have now confirmed that they have cancelled their exams in the UK, and that these will be replaced with teacher assessments. They will share more detail on how teacher assessments will work next week. Students based in the UK can register through the InterHigh Exams Centre, https://interhigh.co.uk/exams/. The deadline for registration is 26th February.

2. In other countries, Cambridge International are planning for exams to go ahead where it is ‘permitted and safe’. They have announced they will monitor the situation and switch to teacher assessments if it becomes clear that exams cannot go ahead in specific countries or regions. If you have registered with a centre outside the UK, please assume the exams will go ahead unless otherwise specified.

3. Our assumption is that most of you taking AS and A Levels will have already registered with a local centre. If you have been unable to find a centre, please contact exams@interhigh.co.uk urgently for guidance.

For other exams, the situation remains the same:

1. Pearson Edexcel have cancelled all international GCSES and AS/A Levels. These will be replaced by teacher assessments. If you have not already registered for international GCSEs, or Edexcel A Levels, please register through the InterHigh Exams Centre https://interhigh.co.uk/exams/ by 26th February at the very latest. The information you need such as syllabus and option codes can be found on the parent portal.

2. All UK-only GCSEs and A Levels have been cancelled. This covers GCSE Film Studies and Psychology and A Levels in Classical Civilisation, German, Media Studies, Politics, Biology (UK), Chemistry (UK) and Physics (UK). You should have already registered through the InterHigh Exams Centre for these. If you have not, please do so this week as a matter of urgency to avoid late fees and to ensure you get the qualification you need. The deadline for entering these exams has already passed.
As mentioned previously, in order to manage teacher assessments, where relevant, and to gain the qualifications and certificates needed, students will need to be registered with an exam centre. We do not yet have any more details of how the teacher assessments will work for any of the exam boards but will share this when we do.
Many thanks to those of you who have registered through the Exams Centre. Please note again a couple of important points when registering:

• The syllabus codes and option codes can be found on the Parent Portal in the document ‘Exam Boards with Timetable’
• Unless you know your UCI Number, please leave this blank
• Please leave ‘Candidate Number’ blank
• Please leave coursework blank, unless you are registering for Film or Media Studies.
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Due to the number of email and phone enquiries, we may not be able to respond to you as quickly as we would like, although we believe this situation is now improving and hope most of your questions can be answered through our regular emails.

 

Update: 05.02.2021

1. We have had an update from Cambridge International regarding their qualifications:

“For the small number of countries (such as Mexico and the UK) and regions within countries where running exams is not possible because of directives from national or regional authorities, we are looking at switching from exams to an approach based on teacher assessment. This would apply to all schools in those countries and regions. We will provide a further update next week.”

Although this is not quite a formal cancellation, we believe that this will be confirmed next week, at least for exams in the UK. We believe that most of you will have found a centre for your AS and A Levels by now, but if you have not, please contact exams@interhigh.co.uk urgently for guidance.

2. We have not yet seen confirmed details of what the teacher assessments for any of the boards will constitute, but there are a number of possibilities for what these might be. These could include grades based on performance throughout the school year, as well as an externally-set test in May or June, which could be delivered remotely. We will continue to follow developments with the boards and update you with definite information when we have it. We fully understand the strain that the uncertainty of the current situation is putting upon students.

3. Many thanks to those of you who have registered through the Exams Centre. Please note a couple of important points when registering:
• The syllabus codes and option codes can be found on the Parent Portal in the document ‘Exam Boards with Timetable’
• Unless you know your UCI Number, please leave this blank
• Please leave ‘Candidate Number’ blank
• Please leave coursework blank, unless you are registering for Film or Media Studies.

 

Update: 03.02.2021

Pearson have announced today that they have cancelled all international GCSEs and AS/A Levels for May/June 2021 and will replace these with an approach based on teacher assessments. They have also announced an additional exam series for international GCSEs later in the year, and that the October session for international AS/A levels will go ahead.

Although we do not know exactly what the teacher assessments will mean, we should be able to manage these through InterHigh and the InterHigh Exams Centre. In order to gain the iGCSE qualifications, you will need an entry with a registered exam centre.

Please note the following:

  1. If you have already registered for international GCSEs through the InterHigh Exams Centre, you do not need to do anything further.
  2. If you have not registered with an exam centre yet, we advise you to register through the InterHigh Exam Centre using the following link https://interhigh.co.uk/exams/  The same fees will apply as for the exams. We will close registration on 26th February, and the payment deadline will be 5th March.
  3. If you have already registered through another exam centre, in the UK or overseas, please confirm directly with them whether they will a) cancel and refund the entry so you can register with InterHigh or b) be able to manage the submission of the teacher assessments.
  4. If would prefer not to take a teacher assessment, you can take the exams in the session later in the year.

We have not yet had any news from Cambridge International, so their qualifications are still scheduled to go ahead, although this may also change.

 

Update: 01.02.2021

Thank you to everyone who has written in with questions and concerns, and to those who have registered with the InterHigh Exam Centre. We understand the difficulties and challenges that many of you are facing.

There has been no change in the overall situation affecting InterHigh courses which is that:

  1. International GCSEs, AS and A Levels are still scheduled to go ahead so we recommend you register with a local centre using the links and information provided in the Parent Portal. This affects students in the UK and overseas. We are in regular contact with Pearson Edexcel and Cambridge International to get updates on the situation and to pass on your feedback.
  2. GCSEs and A Levels in the UK have been cancelled and we have sent recommended action to affected students for what to do in this situation.

We recognise that some of you have had trouble finding a centre locally, and that schools that have previously accepted private candidates may not be doing so. We also know that some countries have imposed travel restrictions which could make travelling to a centre difficult.

We also recognise that taking an exam is a stressful and anxiety-inducing experience for many of our students at any time, and particularly so given the current pandemic and lockdowns in many countries. We are letting the exam boards know of the situation that many students are in and hope that this influences their decision-making.

Some of you will have seen that the exam board OxfordAQA have cancelled their international GCSEs and A Levels. This is an interesting development, but does not directly impact on any of the qualifications and courses we offer.

If international GCSEs and AS/A Levels are cancelled, we expect to be able to either transfer entries to the InterHigh Exam Centre, or to liaise with your centre on the management of the teacher assessments which may be used to replace exams.

As we have mentioned in previous weeks, due to the number of email and phone enquiries, we may not be able to respond to you as quickly as we would like.

 

Update: 15.01.2021

What you need to know

There is a great deal of uncertainty around exams scheduled for Summer 2021 and we will do our best here to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Have exams been cancelled?

GCSEs and A Levels have been cancelled in the UK. International GCSEs and A Levels are scheduled to go ahead as planned.

What InterHigh courses does the cancellation affect?

The cancellation affects the following courses: GCSE Psychology (AQA), GCSE Film Studies (EDUQAS/WJEC) and A Level Classical Civilisation, Media Studies (OCR) German, Politics (AQA), UK Biology, UK Chemistry, UK Physics (Edexcel).

What should we do if we are a student on one of those courses?

Exams are to be replaced with teacher assessments, although we don’t yet have more information on what these will be comprised of. We assume, however, that you will still need to make an entry with an exam centre in order to gain the qualification.

Please note the following options:

  1. You can enter for the qualification through the InterHigh Exam Centre, using the Registration portal at https://interhigh.co.uk/exams/ . Please note that the usual fees will apply, and the registration deadline is 29th Given the challenging situation, we may be able to extend the deadline, but would be grateful if you could register as early as possible.
  2. If you have registered with a school or exam centre in the UK, and they have told you they can no longer host your exam, please register through the InterHigh Exam Centre https://interhigh.co.uk/exams/
  3. If you have registered with a school or exam centre in the UK and they have confirmed they will be able to enter you for a teacher assessment, we will liaise with them when the details of how these will work are clearer.
  4. If you are on one of the above courses, but were not planning to take the exam, then you do not need to do anything. Please contact us to confirm you are not going to take the exam.

Do I still need to find an exam centre for international GCSEs and A Levels?

Yes, international GCSEs and A Levels are currently scheduled to take place in the UK and overseas. You will need to find and book a centre in order to sit the exams. There is information on the Parent Portal for how to do this, including links to exam boards and a list of Private Candidate Exam Centres.

Can I choose between taking the exam and taking a teacher assessment?

Not at the moment, although we are constantly in touch with exam boards to understand the latest developments. We will share developments with parents and students as soon as we can.

What is a teacher assessment?

We don’t have definite information on these yet, and may not have this until the end of February. We should not assume that the assessments will be the same as they were in 2020. We will update you with more information when we have it.

I’m studying an extra subject with a private tutor. Can I make the entry for a teacher assessment through InterHigh?

We will only be able to make entries for teacher assessments for subjects you are studying with InterHigh.

If I join InterHigh now, will you be able to provide a teacher assessment?

Please remember that we are only needing to provide teacher assessments in a few courses. If the situation changes and we need to provide teacher assessments for other courses, we would almost certainly need to contact your previous school for more evidence to support an assessment.

 

Update: 11.01.2021

Following the UK government’s recent announcement on Exams in England in 2021, we would like to update you on the situation as regards InterHigh courses and students. As you are all aware, the situation is a very challenging one for everyone concerned and we hope that we are able to clarify things as much as possible. We have a number of updates to give:

  1. On Wednesday 6th January, the announcement was made that GCSEs and A Levels were cancelled in the UK and will be replaced by teacher assessments. This has a direct impact on the courses specified in Tuesday’s email, and means that students in those courses will no longer sit exams in May and June 2021. We do not yet have details of the nature of the teacher assessments, but will communicate these in due course. This may not be until February, according to newspaper speculation, so we ask you to be patient whilst the requirements for these are clarified. We will communicate further guidance on exam registration for the affected courses in the next few days.
  2. On Friday 8th January, Cambridge International announced that they are preparing for 2021 exams to go ahead as planned. However, we have clarified with Cambridge International that they are still finalising arrangements for the UK, so it is still a possibility that the exams for the remainder of our AS and A Level courses will be cancelled. We are adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach to developments with the exam board and we will be in touch with more information as soon as we have it.
  3. Our latest information from Pearson Edexcel is that international GCSEs and international A Levels will go ahead in May and June, although this may be subject to change.

The situation is constantly changing and we appreciate that the confusion and uncertainty is very difficult for everybody, but please be assured that we will regularly communicate information and guidance as we get it ourselves. Due to the high volume of emails and calls, it may not be possible for us to respond to individual queries immediately but we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.