Update on UK universities responses to the IB’s actions to award grades this summer
IBSCA and IB are monitoring the position of universities regarding the award of grades this summer. Most universities are still at a very early stage in their thinking and have made rather vague statements, for example this is UCL’s statement:
“We are currently processing the implications of the recent decisions by various exam boards around the world to cancel, suspend, postpone or amend the format of their exams. We should have clear information on how this will impact the admissions process at UCL shortly.
We understand that this is an anxious time, but we really want to make sure we get it right. Once our policy is clear we will be in touch with schools and students directly in order to inform them. “
We hope that these universities will move to clarify their position shortly. However, three universities, popular with IB students, have made positive statements.
“The International Baccalaureate Diploma
Like A levels, the exams in these qualifications have been cancelled throughout the world.
The International Baccalaureate Organisation have confirmed that every student will receive a final grade in each part of the IBDP. The most up-to-date information on how these grades will be calculated is available on the IBO’s website.
We can confirm that we will accept any grades awarded in the IB Diploma this year as normal. We will consider your grades when they are available and providing you meet your offer conditions, your place will be secured. This applies wherever you are studying in the world.
The conditions of your offer will not be changed because of this.”
“International Baccalaureate (IB) exams have been cancelled. What does this mean for me?
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) have cancelled the 2020 summer IB exams. Candidates will still receive diplomas and certificates which recognise their efforts over the past 2 years.
Find out more about the cancellation on the IBO website.
We, along with sector colleagues, are communicating with the IBO on their plans and looks forward to receiving further information.
We will accept the grades awarded. We are expecting these results on 5th July and expect to make decisions on applications once we have received the results
Do you think that you will admit and enrol IB Diploma students based on their May 2020 Diploma Programme results?
Yes. The University of Bristol is aware that the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) have cancelled the 2020 summer IB exams and that many students may be anxious about what this means for their application to study with us. However, we have been assured that candidates will still receive diplomas and certificates which recognise their efforts over the past 2 years.
We will accept the grades awarded. We are expecting these results on 5th July and expect to make decisions on applications once we have received the results.
We continue to communicate with the IBO on their plans and will provide further guidance to applicants throughout the admissions process.”
“My exams have been cancelled, what should I do?
Following the closure of schools and cancellation of exams across the UK, we will be using the grades awarded by your exam boards in the summer to assess your academic achievement. We will be as flexible for possible for our applicants, as we are aware of the stress caused by the current situation. The latest information and updates can be found for each of the nations; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
We are aware that a large number of international applicants have also had their exams cancelled.
For applicants taking qualifications awarded by UK exam boards (such as IGCSEs or I A-levels): we understand from exam boards that they will be awarding grades in the same way as for the UK students. If you have any questions regarding this, please check with your school, college or exam board. You do not need to contact us to inform us your exams are cancelled, you should just provide your final results in the summer when you receive them.
For applicants taking the International Baccalaureate (IB): we understand that IB will be awarding diplomas and course certificates as usual in the summer, which we will use to assess your application. You do not need to contact us to inform us that your exams have been cancelled. However once the results are released, you should either choose to share your results directly with Brunel or send us a copy once you receive them.
Please be reassured that we will do everything possible to ensure your application to study at Brunel is not disadvantaged by the Coronavirus outbreak.”
I will send out further updates as more information becomes available.
IBSCA University Officer
IB Development and Recognition Manager, UK & Ireland