Here you’ll find updates from the government and information from Ofqual (the examinations regulator) about how grades will be awarded this year, and any updates to the results and appeals process

Applying to university in England in 2021?

You can find all the information you need around how Coronavirus may impact your application below. 


How will grades be awarded in summer 2021?

GCSE, AS, and A level exams have been cancelled.

Results will be awarded as teacher assessed grades based on a range of evidence; for example, responses to assessment materials provided by the exam board, coursework, internal tests, and mock exams.

For all vocational and technical qualifications (e.g. BTECs, Cambridge Technicals): where exams have not taken place, there will also be teacher-assessed grades.


When is results day?

Tuesday 10 Aug – A level and results day.

Thursday 12 Aug – GCSE results day.

VTQs will be awarded 'on or before' the above dates – confirmation to follow.

There will be no provisional results released to students ahead of results day. 


More information

All publications relating to 2021 assessments and awards for GCSE, AS, and A levels can be found here.

All publications relating to 2021 assessments and awards for VTQs can be found here.

Note: DfE information will be updated following the outcomes of the consultation.


Appeals process

All students have the right to appeal their grades, if they aren't satisfied with the results. There will be a priority route for those holding university or college places.

Students should contact their school or college in the first instance if they wish to appeal their grade. More information can be found in the guidance linked above.


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