Here you’ll find updates from the Welsh Government, and information from Qualifications Wales (the examinations regulator) and WJEC about how grades will be awarded this year, and any updates to the results and appeals process.

Revised grades (Centre Assessment Grades) are now with universities and colleges – 20 August

This afternoon we sent universities and colleges revised grades (Centre Assessment Grades). 

Here’s our advice on what you should do next…

1. Make sure you know if your grades have changed
If you haven’t already received your revised grades, contact your school or college. UCAS and universities cannot share these with you.

2. If you’re happy with your place you are holding right now, don’t do anything
If you are happy with your university place, you do not need to do anything. You’ll be starting your studies as planned.

3. You will not automatically be confirmed at your original firm choice
Universities received new grades today, so please be patient while they process them. If you want to change, you will need to speak to the university or college. They will advise you how to change your choice. 

4. Clearing is still open
If you are unplaced or want to change your mind, Clearing is still available to find a place. We advise you to talk to your school or college about next steps and keep researching your options. You can use your new revised grades to find a place in Clearing.

If you’d like to know more about revised grades (Centre Assessment Grades) and what they could mean for your application, catch up on our recent Facebook live session.

An update about A level and Welsh Bacc results – 19 August 2020

It was recently announced that students in Wales will now receive their Centre Assessment Grades or their AS grade if they’re higher than the grades they received on 13 August.

The next step is for awarding bodies to share any revised grades with UCAS, and for us to pass these on to universities and colleges. We hope this will happen by this Friday 21 August.

We are not able to share your results with you (universities can’t either). You will need to contact your school or college to get your Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) or AS results.

Here’s three key things you need to know:

1. No one will receive a lower grade or lose their current university or college place.  
If you are happy with your university or college place, you do not need to do anything. You’ll be starting your studies as planned.

2. Offers will not automatically change in Track.
If you’re thinking of changing your university, college, or course you are currently placed with, you will need to wait until they have received your revised grades to be able to progress your options with a university or college.

3. You will not automatically be confirmed at your original firm choice.
If you missed out on your firm choice, but now meet the conditions with your revised grades and want to return to your original choice, you will need to contact the university or college once they have received the revised grades.

Once revised grades are with universities or colleges, we will email to let you know and to offer our advice.

Universities and colleges have been asked to try to be flexible when making admissions decisions this summer for any private candidates who do not receive a grade. We advise you contact your university or college to discuss your options – they may be able to consider other evidence and information where possible.


A statement from Kirsty Williams, the Minister for Education

The last months for you, your parents, and guardians have been, and continue to be, a stressful time. 

I am truly sorry that the results process has made that worse for some of you. That was not the intention of anyone, Welsh Government, Qualifications Wales, nor the WJEC.

There will be an independent review to make sure that we learn lessons for the future. In the meantime, I want to congratulate and thank all of you. 

You have shown incredible strength and resilience during the pandemic and I hope that you can now step forward to the future with confidence and ambition.

Yours sincerely

Kirsty Williams MS, Minister for Education


Mae’r misoedd diwethaf i chi, eich rhieni a'ch gwarcheidwaid wedi bod, ac yn parhau i fod, yn gyfnod anodd.

Mae’n wir ddrwg gennyf i fod y broses ganlyniadau wedi gwneud hynny’n waeth i rai ohonoch. Nid dyna oedd bwriad neb, Llywodraeth Cymru, Cymwysterau Cymru, na CBAC.

Bydd adolygiad annibynnol yn cael ei gynnal i sicrhau ein bod yn dysgu gwersi ar gyfer y dyfodol. Yn y cyfamser, hoffwn eich llongyfarch a diolch i bob un ohonoch.

Rydych wedi dangos cryfder a gwytnwch anhygoel yn ystod y pandemig, a gobeithio y gallwch gamu ymlaen yn awr i'r dyfodol gyda hyder ac uchelgais.

Yn gywir

Kirsty Williams AS, y Gweinidog Addysg

How grades were awarded this year

For every GCSE, AS, A level, and Skills Challenge Certificate qualification, each school will be required to submit: 

  • a centre assessment grade for each student. This is the professional judgement of the subject teachers, about the grade that you are most likely to have achieved if you had sat exams this summer. 
  • the rank order of students within each grade, for each qualification 

This is to ensure you have a fair and justifiable grade. As this is a regulated grade, universities and colleges will treat your grades the same as any other grade achieved in previous years.

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The Welsh Government also has:

Year 12 AS level students

In Wales, as well as being stand-alone qualifications, AS levels also contribute to A level qualifications. AS units are usually taken in year 12, with A2 units taken in year 13.

This year’s AS students will still receive an AS grade. However, it will be calculated using a range of evidence, including teacher assessed grades.

In summer 2021, current AS students will have two options for their A level award. They will choose whether to:

  • only sit the A2 units, with the A level grade based on their performance in the A2 units
  • or sit both the AS and A2 units. They will be awarded the best grade from either route

Read more on the Welsh Government website.

Year 10 students

Year 10 students who were due to sit exams that would have led to a GCSE this summer will be issued a grade in the same way as those in Year 11. The grade will be based on evidence including teacher assessments during the academic year to date.

Those who were due to sit units that will lead to GCSE results next summer will not receive a unit result. Instead, those students will have two choices, to either:  

  • sit only the units they plan to take in summer 2021, with their GCSE grade based on that performance only
  • or sit the year 10 units in summer 2021, along with the year 11 units. They will be awarded the best grade from either route

Read more on the Welsh Government website.

Information for independent candidates

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.

Read our guidance for independent students.

What does this mean for your application?

Other qualifications 

If you are taking other qualifications, you might have questions about how these will be assessed and how grades will be awarded. The table below will give you an indication of the latest updates from the awarding organisations. If yours isn't listed, or you need more information, we recommend you contact the awarding organisation directly and they will be able to give you the most up-to-date advice.

We recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to complete their assessments. If you do not feel your calculated grades reflect your expected performance, you will have the opportunity to appeal or you may choose to sit your assessments at the earliest reasonable opportunity. If you do this, you should be aware that taking your assessments later may impact you progressing to university in September as planned. 

Attending a UCAS event?

To protect the health and wellbeing of all those attending, we’ve postponed UCAS higher education exhibitions until 31 July. 

You can attend a virtual open day to find out more about unis, or chat to current students with Unibuddy. 

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