Information for current students

Goodbye 2019/20 and Hello 2020/21!


As this academic year draws to a close, we would like to thank each and every one of our current students for their hard work and dedication in what has been a very strange and different year for us all. We are incredibly proud of your efforts in continuing to study from home in whatever way you can, and we hope that the last 14 weeks of lockdown have not presented too many challenges for you.

For all our students whose learning has finished with us, we would like to wish you well for the future and hope that we hear from you again should you wish to continue with your qualifications and training. Don't forget we offer a wide range of adult part-time courses (including degree-level qualifications), and for those who are leaving us at 18 years old, but are yet to decide what to do next, we also offer a range of one-year courses suitable for anyone who has completed their two-year Level 3 qualification and would like to gain additional skills and qualifications. 

Over the summer, college staff will be hard at work planning exciting and engaging education for all new and returning students for when the college reopens in September.  As the government brings the country out of full lockdown, it is regularly updating its guidance to colleges. Petroc is following this guidance as it develops and we will keep you informed on what to expect and give you details of your finalised timetables and arrangements in good time for the beginning of term.

In the meantime we hope that you enjoy your summer break, and we very much look forward to seeing you in college in the autumn.


Year 3 Study

Did you know that all 16-18 year olds are entitled to three years’ worth of funding to gain further education qualifications? Petroc is offering a range of one-year courses ​specifically designed to make the most of this third year of funding. These courses are suitable if you have completed yout two-year Level 3 qualification and would like to gain additional skills and qualifications. Find out more.



Apprentices will continue to be supported in developing their knowledge through online learning and assessment. We are advising that apprentices use any break in learning to continue studying towards their occupational standard. For more information, please read the full-time learner FAQs or view the updates on our apprenticeship page.


Access to Higher Education and Higher Education

Petroc is working closely with Awarding Bodies and the University of Plymouth to ensure we inform students of and support them with any changes to regulations. Plymouth University will be publishing new guidelines regarding the number of credits a student can re-sit, and we will get the information to you as soon as we can. Please see below for links to further information:



Exams and Results


OFQUAL have now issued national guidelines on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in Summer 2020, click here for the the latest details. 

This process will involve a national standardisation process organised through the awarding bodies, to ensure it is a fair system, and the process is not likely to be completed until the end of the summer term.
Petroc will consider OFQUAL guidelines in detail, and be in contact in the summer term with further information and to answer any questions and queries you may have.


All courses which are due to be certificated this summer fall into one of three categories:


Calculated Assessment Grades:

In line with Ofqual guidance staff at Petroc have been working hard to submit Calculated Assessment Grades (CAGs) to the various awarding bodies.  The majority of this work has been completed and the awarding bodies will now complete their standardisation process before results are issued in August.   Qualifications where calculated grades may be awarded include:

  • A-level
  • GCSE
  • Access to HE
  • Functional Skills
  • Entry level and Level 1 qualifications
  • BTEC Qualifications
  • RSL Music
  • UAL Media/Art & Design
  • City & Guilds Technical qualifications in Animal Care, Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty, Professional Cookery.



For some qualifications a calculated assessment grade is not suitable due to the required occupational skills or professional competence.  These are courses such as Hairdressing, Beauty, Engineering, Hospitality, Plumbing, Construction, Motor Vehicle, Early Years, Teaching.  Assessments on these qualifications need to be adapted and your lecturers will be working with you now to complete the adapted forms of assessment.



There are a small number of qualifications where delaying or rescheduling assessments is the only option and in many cases the need to delay is stipulated by professional bodies.  Staff are working with relevant external bodies and assessment will re-commence as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. 


Results dates:

Access to HE – 31 July 2020

Level 3 Qualifications - 13 August 2020 (A-level, BTEC level 3, UAL Level 3, RSL)

Level 2 Qualifications - 20 August 2020 (GCSE, BTEC Level 2, UAL Level 2)


It is unlikely that we will have formal results days at Petroc in July/August.  More details about how results will be issued will be available here in the next few weeks.


A note about BTEC Qualifications

Some current BTEC students have been asking for clarification on how the awarding process for their qualifications will work during the college closure.

In order to calculate BTEC results, Pearson (the awarding body) has asked us to provide them with:

  • Actual grades for internal BTEC units that you completed
  • ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for internal BTEC units that you were not able to complete, based on available evidence and what your tutors felt you most likely would have achieved under normal circumstances
  • A rank order of all learners on your BTEC course, based on what your tutors felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.

Your tutors will base their decisions on a range of evidence, including any relevant assignments you have completed, any prior exam or mock results, and your performance during the course. The information we submit to Pearsons will be checked beforehand by other tutors in college and signed off by the Principal. 

If you have any further questions about your results, please read these FAQs on the Pearson website.