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Notice to centres – qualifications eligible for Direct Claims Status from 1 August 2021

As mentioned in our previous communication on 29 January, Ofqual announced in September 2019 that all Awarding Organisations (AOs) will be required to introduce a Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny (CASS) strategy no later than September 2021.

CASS refers to the arrangements we have in place with our centres to check assessment judgements for centre-marked assessments. It covers the type of checks that happen before results are issued, which are often referred to as Moderation, and those that happen on an ongoing basis and could happen before or after results are issued, which relates to DCS.

For a small number of qualifications (such as GCSEs, A Levels and the Technical Qualifications within T Levels) Ofqual requires that all centre-marked assessments are moderated. Moderation must always take place before results are issued, for every cohort, with any necessary changes to centre marking made before results are issued.

We’ve completed a full review of our existing portfolio in line with CASS and are pleased to let you know that the following qualifications will be eligible for DCS from 1 August 2021.

If you have any queries regarding this change, please contact your External Quality Assurer or the External Quality Assurance team.

We also want to remind you that DCS will be removed from a number of qualifications from 1 August 2021. You can find more information on this here, along with FAQs to support you further.