The UK’s three awarding exam bodies, Cambridge International, AQA and Pearson Edexcel, will issue GCSE results as scheduled so that students can receive them from 8am (GMT) tomorrow. After the government’s U-turn this week, revised A Level and AS Level grades will also be issued to students from today, Wednesday August 19.
All GCSE, A Level and AS Level results, including International IGCSEs and A/AS Levels, will now be based on teachers’ predicted grades (Centre Assessment Grades, CAG). All three exam boards have reassured students that all final grades issued will not be lower than the predicted grades submitted by their school; where an A/AS Level grade issued last week was higher than the predicted grade, the higher grade will stand.
There were fears that GCSE results would be delayed until as late as next week as exam boards need to recalculate previously calculated grades to assess which is higher – the student’s predicted grade or the moderated one.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has now confirmed that all schools and colleges will receive their results as planned, as “the exam boards are working hard to provide the final centre assessment grades (or calculated grade if higher) GCSE results to schools and colleges”
AQA released a statement saying:
“We’re pleased to say we’re ready to issue GCSE results on time. This means the results schools receive on Wednesday will be the formal results ready to give to students at 8am on Thursday and will include any Level 1/2 non-general qualifications.
“We’ll also issue the revised AS, A-level and Level 3 Applied General qualification results at the same time. Tech-level results will be available on Gateway, on Thursday afternoon.”
Pearson Edexcel says that all GCSE, including International GCSE, results will be published on time, allowing students to receive their final grades on Thursday August 20. The revised AS and A level results will be available from today, while International A/AS Level results “will be available to centres no later than the end of this week”.
Cambridge International says that it will post its revised A/AS Level grades “as soon as possible”, and grades will be “shared with universities and admissions organisations as soon as we can in the coming days”.
A Level and GCSE students will be able to appeal their teacher’s predicted grades but the criteria has not yet been released. Students may lodge an appeal only if they believe their teachers had shown “bias or discrimination” towards them.
Previously the deadline for any appeal was September 17, 2020; this may change however.
Details on how students can appeal their GCSE or A Level grades is due to be announced by OFQUAL later today. You can contact QFQUAL’s Exam Results Helpline at nationalcareers.service.gov.uk for advice.
Yes. You can’t appeal your grade because you think you would have done better in your exams. But, if you feel that your grades don't accurately reflect your performance, you can choose to sit exams in the autumn series or in 2021.
You can choose to take as many subjects in the autumn as you want to. But if you want to take a particular subject, you will need to take all the exam papers in that subject.
OFQUAL says: “If you choose to take exams in the autumn or next summer and achieve a different grade from the grade you received this summer, you will be able to use the higher of the two grades to show to universities, colleges and employers in future.”
Exam dates for AS & A Levels are October 5 to 23. The deadline for entry is September 4.
Exam dates for GCSEs November 2 to 23, and the deadline for entries is October 4 for English language and maths, and September 18 for all other subjects.