Planning ahead for 20-21

We understand that you and your organisation will be looking ahead to plan for the coming year and, we will continue to update this page with information to support you, including:

  • information on mid-flight learners
  • adaptations to qualifications in 20-21, in particular detail on placements
  • remote invigilation for Functional Skills.

External Assessment Timetable in 2020/21

We are aware of the ongoing challenges faced by our centres due to the Covid-19 disruption, which has affected teaching and learning for learners at all levels.

With this in mind, we are continuing to review our external assessment timetable to explore adaptions to support centres and learners, allowing more time to prepare for timetabled assessment opportunities in the 2020/21 session*.

Further details of our agreed approach will be shared in due course, however until then we recommend centres continue to book on to planned assessment opportunities, and monitor the regular NCFE communications  for updates.

*Please note: this excludes all Functional Skills external assessments, and on-demand external assessments, which will continue to operate as normal.

Functional Skills information

Read the latest information on our Functional Skills offer here. We are actively working on an option to support remote invigilation for Functional Skills and will be ready to communicate more about this with our customers in the coming weeks.

Independent self study assessments for CACHE qualifications

For the following qualifications, centres should be submitting their external assessment paperwork electronically only rather than in physical form to the office. This applies to all CACHE assessments for the Autumn 2020 window, as listed below:

Qualification code: 601/3999/7
Qualification name: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education
Assessment code: EYE/EPS
Submission date: 25/09/2020

Qualification code: 601/4000/8
Qualification name: Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (EYE)
Assessment code: EYE/EA
Submission date: 21/09/2020

Qualification code: 601/2147/6
Qualification name: Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (EYE)
Assessment code: EYE/RS
Submission date: 24/09/2020

Qualification code: 601/2147/6
Qualification name: Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (EYE)
Assessment code: EYE/EE
Submission date: 05/10/2020 

Qualification code: 601/6109/7
Qualification name: Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care
Assessment code: HSC/CEA
Submission date: 22/09/2020

Qualification code: 601/6110/3
Qualification name: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Assessment code: HSC/EDEA
Submission date: 07/10/2020

Qualification code: 600/7093/6
Qualification name: Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and NI)
Assessment code: CCLD
Submission date: 23/09/2020 and 26/11/2020

Centres can request a file sharing link by emailing [email protected]. A member of the Assessment Delivery team will then provide information and a link to which the centre can upload their assessment paperwork.