Remember: Universities and colleges take your whole application into consideration, and their decisions will not be solely based on predicted grades. If you are in any doubt, contact them directly to discuss your circumstances.
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Ofqual have confirmed that in England, where centres have accepted entries from independent candidates (students who have taught themselves, because they have been home educated, following distance-learning programmes, or studying independently), those students should be included where the Head of Centre is confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of the student’s achievement to make an objective judgement.

Ofqual is urgently exploring whether there are alternative options for those students who do not have an existing relationship with a centre and who need results this summer for progression purposes. Ofqual has said, ‘Unfortunately this is unlikely to be possible for all external candidates, some of whom may instead need to take exams in the autumn to get their grades. Ofqual have said they will provide an update as soon as possible’.

Universities and colleges have been asked to look at what they can do to be flexible when making admissions decisions this summer for any private candidates who do not receive a grade. We advise you to contact your university or college, who may be able to consider a range of other evidence and information for these students, to allow them to progress wherever possible.

For full details, visit the Ofqual website.

Qualifications Wales has confirmed that in Wales, where centres have accepted entries from ‘private candidates’ (students who are home-schooled, following distance-learning programmes, or studying independently) those students should be included where the Head of Centre is confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of the student’s achievement to make an objective judgement. Qualifications Wales is currently exploring the options for those students for whom this is not possible and who need results for progression purposes. 

For full details, visit the Qualifications Wales website.

We are working with the relevant agencies in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and will update this page as we receive more information.


Are you completing your qualification with the help of a qualified educational professional (e.g. a tutor) who is not your family?

Yes – Your tutor can provide an estimated grade based on assessed work (e.g. mock exams).

Next steps: Speak to your course tutor who will be able to advise you further. If you have any concerns about your application, speak to your university or college.

No – Go to next question.


Are you completing your qualification via an online or distance learning platform (e.g. the National Extension College)?

Yes – Your distance learning provider may be able to provide a predicted grade based on any assessed work you've done (e.g. Tutor Marked Assignments [TMAs] ).

Next steps: Speak to your distance learning provider about a predicted grade. If your distance learning provider is unable to help you, contact the awarding organisation(s) for the qualification(s) you are taking to discuss your circumstances. If you have any concerns about your application, speak to your university or college.

No – Go to next question.


Have you completed any qualifications previously at school or college (e.g. GCSEs, National 5s), or studies any part of your current qualifications there? 

Yes – A former teacher or tutor may be able to provide a reference if required. They will not be able to provide a predicted grade unless you have completed any assessed work with them for your current studies.

Next steps: Contact the awarding organisation(s) for the qualification(s) you are taking to discuss your circumstances. If you have any concerns about your application, speak to your university or college.

No – Go to next question


It sounds like you are studying completely independently, with only family members for support. 

Are you taking a formal Level 3 qualification (e.g. A levels, Highers)?

Yes – Next steps: Contact the awarding organisation(s) for the qualification(s) you are taking to discuss your circumstances. If you have any concerns about your application, speak to your university or college.

You may also be able to find additional support about going to university as a home educated student from:

No – If you are applying to university or college with a portfolio or other evidence of your academic ability, you will not be affected by the changes. Your HE provider will be able to answer any questions you may have about your application.

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