A-Level students have legal right to see breakdown of marks
Date posted: 16-08-2012
THURROCK Students set to receive their A-level results have been reminded about their legal right to request a breakdown of their marks under data protection laws.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said this information, which could inform students’ important decisions, could be requested under the Data Protection Act reports publicservice.co.uk.
“Results day can be an exciting time for many students; however it can also be a time of great stress for those who don’t get the marks they require,” said deputy commissioner David Smith.
“We are reminding students that they have a right under the Data Protection Act to see information held about how their marks were arrived at, before deciding whether to re-sit an exam or pursue a particular subject at college or university.”
Smith said information might not lead to grades being changed, but it could help students make decisions about their future.
If exam bodies failed to in their “legal duty” to respond, students could complain to the ICO.
Exam bodies are required by law to respond within 40 days from the date the results are published or within five months of the request being received – whichever of the two is the earliest.
“We are keen to provide advice to students on submitting their request and have published guidance on our website,” added Smith.