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Approach to awarding for 2022-23

As we look ahead to supporting learner success in 2022-23, we want to keep you up to date every step of the way.

Adaptations and assessment arrangements for learners in 2022-23

In 2021-22, a range of adaptations was permitted by Ofqual for vocational and technical qualifications, including a large number of NCFE qualifications. At NCFE, we decided which adaptations were appropriate for our qualifications in accordance with Ofqual's Vocational and Technical Qualifications Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF). Some adaptations were in response to public health restrictions. Given that public health restrictions are no longer in place, Ofqual and the DfE have confirmed that adaptations are no longer necessary for the academic year 2022-23 onwards. Therefore, any adaptations that were in place for 2021-2022 will no longer be available after 31 August 2022.

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Performance table qualifications – resit opportunities

For performance table qualifications (PTQs) only, there will be further resit opportunities for external assessments.

The DfE and Ofqual have confirmed that for external assessments, learners will be permitted two resit opportunities for all performance table VTQs (i.e., for Applied General, Technical Level, Technical Certificate and Technical Awards) for 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Assessment opportunities where learners have received results based on teacher assessed grades (TAGs) and centre assessment grades (CAGs) do not count towards these resit opportunities.

The highest achieved grade will count across all submissions, regardless of whether these are CAGs, TAGs or assessments undertaken under normal circumstances. This is not applicable to new Technical Awards approved for first teaching in September 2022, which count in 2024 performance tables. 

Continued flexibilities for vocational and technical qualifications in 2022-23

Although adaptations will cease to exist, we’re pleased to confirm that there are continued flexibilities in place to support learners who may face some degree of disruption to their education. These are outlined in the table below.

Assessment area 

Available flexibilities  

Internal assessments 

Internal assessments can be undertaken remotely  

EQA can be undertaken remotely  

Alternative assessment methods or evidence is permitted  

Centre devised assessments are permitted  

The use of digital solutions for the capture or storage of evidence is permitted  

Use of NCFE VEO – video observation tool to support with capturing remote practical observations 

Use of free VR access to support with learning loss / remote learning in certain subject areas 

Work placements 

Removal of observation of skills via work placement where this is an optional part of the qualification  

Use of simulation, expert witness statements, use of remote technology - a combination should be used to create a robust triangulation of performance-based evidence for the learner  

Use of NCFE VEO – video observation tool to support with capturing remote practical observations 

Use of free VR access to support with learning loss / remote learning in certain subject areas 

Synoptic assessments 

(Level 1/2 V Certs only) 


Synoptic assessment flexibilities (updated briefs can be undertaken remotely if needed, removal of controlled conditions, set hours, removal of set dates for submission) 

Relaxation of controlled assessment guidelines for the synoptic assessments (applicable to NCFE combined Level 1/2 V Certs only) 

External assessments 

(please refer to the external assessment timetable for the new session to confirm what flexibilities will be in place for specific qualifications) 


Functional Skills paper-based assessments on demand 

Option for remote invigilation for our online, on-demand external assessments 


Early Years Educator/Practitioner knowledge only qualifications

The Early Years Educator/Practitioner knowledge only option that was re-introduced in April 2022 to enable progression for learners who continued to face challenges with access to work placements in 2021-22, will be withdrawn from 31 August 2022. Transfers will only be permitted for those learners who are expected to certificate by 31 August 2022.

Therefore, whilst from September 2022 the option to transfer to the knowledge option will be removed, the option for learners to top back up onto the full qualifications will continue to be available.

Further support

We stand ready to support you and your staff, and our Customer Support team is available to answer any questions you may have about this year’s arrangements – call us on 0191 239 8000, email us at [email protected], or speak to us on live chat.