Coronavirus information and guidance

Sitting exams in session 2020-2021

Main programmes and Gateway programme (exc. Medicine)

Updated guidance on 11 September 2020

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to have an impact on the delivery of courses in session 2020-2021 and we will review this statement on sitting exams in response to future announcements by Awarding Bodies.

SQA – National Qualifications NQs (National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher)

If students who were unable to sit exams in summer 2020 choose to complete the course assessments and sit the exams for these subjects in the 2021 SQA exam diet, the University of St Andrews will not class these as a resit. However, while we will accept these as a first sitting, to be considered competitive there is an expectation that any exams taken to improve on centre assessed grades from 2020 would need to be sat alongside a suite of qualifications normal to that year. For example:

  • If an S5 pupil in 2020-21 wanted to improve on their National 5 calculated grades from 2019-20, they could opt to sit the exam for one or more of these in 2021 when in S5, however, they would have to do this alongside sitting a traditional suite of Highers.
  • If an S6 pupil in 2020-21 wanted to improve on their S5 Higher calculated grades from 2019-20, they could opt to sit the exam for one or more of these during the SQA exam diet in Summer 2021 when in S6, however, they would have to do this alongside sitting a traditional suite of three new Highers/Advanced Highers.
  • Pupils who were in S6 in 2019-20, could opt to sit the exam for one or more of their S6 Highers/Advanced Highers in 2021.

A-Levels

If students who were unable to sit exams in summer 2020 choose to sit the exams for these subjects in either the Autumn 2020 or Summer 2021 exam diet, the University will not class these as a resit. However, only one exam sitting will be allowed (i.e. students must choose to sit the exam(s) in EITHER Autumn or Summer)

  • If a Year 11 pupil wanted to improve on their GCSE calculated grades in 2020, they could opt to sit the exam for one or more of these in either Autumn 2020 or Summer 2021 alongside completing their AS Levels in Year 12.
  • Pupils who were in Year 13 in 2019-20, could opt to sit the exam for one or more of their A-Levels in either Autumn 2020 or Summer 2021.

Other types of examination

For applicants who were unable to sit exams in 2019-2020 and are considering sitting these exams at the first available opportunity, for qualifications other than those listed, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should contact admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk to discuss their circumstances before submitting an application.

Medicine

SQA - Higher and Advanced Highers

If students who were unable to sit exams in summer 2020 choose to sit the exams for these subjects in the 2021 SQA exam diet, the School of Medicine will not class these as a resit. However, any exams taken to improve on centre assessed grades from 2020 would need to be sat alongside a suite of qualifications normal to that year. For example:

  • If an S4 pupil wanted to improve on their National 5 calculated grades in 2020, they could opt to sit the exam for one or more of these in 2021 when in S5, however, would have to do this alongside sitting a traditional suite of five Highers.
  • If an S5 pupil wanted to improve on their Higher calculated grades in 2020, they could opt to sit the exam for one or more of these in 2021 when in S6, however, would have to do this alongside sitting a traditional suite of three new Highers/Advanced Highers.
  • Pupils who were in S6 in 2020, could opt to sit the exam for one or more of their S6 Highers/Advanced Highers in 2021.

A-Levels

If students who were unable to sit exams in summer 2020 choose to sit the exams for these subjects in either the autumn 2020 or summer 2021 exam diet, the School of Medicine will not class these as a resit. However, only one exam sitting will be allowed (i.e. students must choose to sit the exam(s) in EITHER autumn or summer, otherwise the second sitting will fall under our current resit policy.

  • If a Year 11 pupil wanted to improve on their GCSE calculated grades in 2020, they could opt to sit the exam for one or more of these in either autumn 2020 or summer 2021 alongside completing their AS Levels in Year 12.
  • Pupils who were in Year 13 in 2020, could opt to sit the exam for one or more of their A-Levels in either autumn 2020 or summer 2021.

Other types of examination

For applicants who were unable to sit exams in 2020 and are considering sitting these exams at the first available opportunity, for qualifications other than those listed, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should contact medical.admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk to discuss their circumstances before submitting an application.