A review of the work of Ofqual’s EPRS function for the 2017 exams series in England.


Exam Procedures Review Service: 2017 Report

Ref: Ofqual/19/6516PDF, 280KB, 10 pages


Schools and colleges that are unhappy with the result of an awarding organisation’s appeal process can ask Ofqual to review the case through the Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS).

We currently look at cases about GCSE, A level, AS, and Project qualifications awarded to learners in England, and applications can be made in relation to decisions about reasonable adjustments and special consideration, as well as about results.

We cannot change a candidate’s grade or marks. We look at whether the awarding organisation has followed its published processes and whether it has complied with our regulations. We will uphold the application if we identify a failure which might have had an adverse impact on candidates or on the fairness of the process. Awarding organisations must have due regard to any decision we make to uphold an application.

We will only look at cases after the final stage of the awarding organisation’s appeals process and this means applications to EPRS are often submitted several months after the end of the exam series. This report considers applications made in relation to exams in the summer and November series in 2017. The eligible applications were submitted between December 2017 and July 2018 and we closed the final case in November 2018.

Published 28 June 2019