Blunder gives A-level students results too early

 

Dozens of A-level candidates received an early glimpse of their results at the weekend as a result of an exam board blunder. About 50 pupils logged on to an online service run by the Edexcel exam board after it had been mistakenly opened up five days before the results were due to be published.

The error, the latest in a series of mistakes during this year's exams season, happened as exam board officials were testing the service in advance of Thursday's results. It appeared that a handful of young people logged on to the service on Thursday morning and then texted their classmates when they realised they could access the results.

The exam board immediately issued an apology for the error but added that it believed "no student will be unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged as a consequence". Last year, about 50,000 candidates chose to receive their results online instead of going to school to receive them.

It follows an exams season in which a total of 12 errors in exam board questions came to light – for which some students were given extra marks because questions were impossible to answer.

In addition, 34 students were given the wrong grades in their Scottish Higher exams in religious, moral and philosophical studies because of an administrative error. The candidates will now be given upgrades and the University and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) will be informed of the errors.

A spokesman for the Scottish Qualifications Authority said: "It was a human error, not systematic."

Earlier, some students were texted their results a day earlier than planned – also as the result of a mistake.

Meanwhile, more than 200,000 university candidates who are expected to end up without a university place are warned today they could suffer from cuts in the careers service Connexions.

"The Government's disgraceful failure to provide a replacement for the careers service it dismantled has left students without access to the clear, unbiased, relevant and up-to-date careers advice and guidance many will need," said Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

The Government has scrapped the Connexions system that used to run the careers service and replaced it with a national advice forum that can only be accessed online, rather than give face-to-face interviews. Responsibility for arranging individual advice has been transferred to schools.

Dr Bousted added: "We fear for the thousands of students who miss out on a university place and face paying three times more next year or struggle to find careers advice following cuts."

Those students who fail to confirm a provisional university place through their results on Thursday morning will find many doors closed to them.

A poll of 60 universities revealed that one in four was unlikely to have any places available through the clearing system this year. Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Imperial College London, Warwick, University College London, Edinburgh and Birmingham universities have all said they will be not be entering clearing this year.

Surrey, Oxford Brookes, Chester, Reading and Harper Adams University College have also said they are unlikely to be in clearing.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Education

Recruitment Genius: Senior Textiles / Fashion Technician

£22000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To contribute to the day-to-da...

Recruitment Genius: Health and Social Care NVQ Assessor

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: It is also essential that you p...

Recruitment Genius: ICT Infrastructure Manager

£27000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Edinburgh city centre scho...

Recruitment Genius: Plumber

£30000 - £31000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An independent boys' school sit...

Day In a Page

Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate