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Waiting for exam results and results day itself can be a worrying and stressful time. The system this year has been very unsettling for many of you following school closures and with many last minute changes to the grading criteria.  The sections below may give you some ideas as to where you can get help, advice and information to get you through.

Please note - the situation is changing rapidly for the grading of 2020 results, we will aim to keep you updated as far as possible with the latest information but please check with your school/college for the latest situation. 

Click on the image below to read the official government student guide to Post-16 qualifications:
 

7 August - Click here for government guidance  'You've Got Your Results, What Next?"

17 August - OFQUAL results statement issued 17 August regarding decision to revert to CAG's (Centre Assessed Grades) for A Level, A/S Level and GCSE results. 
OFQUAL statement - video clip (courtesy Sky News) of OFQUAL chairman announcing decision (17 August 2020).  

4.30pm, 19 August - PEARSON - the custodian of BTEC's announced their decision to regrade BTEC results.  Their statement reads:
"Following Ofqual’s announcement that A Level and GCSE students are to receive Centre Assessment Grades, we have reviewed the impact on BTEC students and taken on board feedback from teachers, schools and colleges. Following our review and your feedback we have decided to apply Ofqual’s principles for students receiving BTECs this summer. This means we will now be regrading all the following BTECs – BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF), BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards, BTEC Level 2 Technicals and BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts."

13 August - A and AS Level  and equivalent level 3 qualifications Results Day

20 August 2020 - GCSE Results Day 

Ofqual have prepared these videos to explain how results are being calculated this year.  Read more in the government guidance leaflet in the next section below or visit the Ofqual website here.

Ofqual released an updated video explaining how results were calculated for 2020 in early August - links below: 

Ofqual Video - How results are being/were calculated for 2020

BSL (British Sign Language) Ofqual video series here. 

NEWS UPDATES:
OFQUAL results statement issued 17 August
 regarding decision to revert to CAG's (Centre Assessed Grades) for A Level, A/S Level and GCSE results. 

OFQUAL statement - video clip of OFQUAL chairman announcing decision (17 August 2020).  

4.30pm, 19 August - PEARSON - the custodian of BTEC's announced their decision to regrade BTEC results.  Their statement reads:
"Following Ofqual’s announcement that A Level and GCSE students are to receive Centre Assessment Grades, we have reviewed the impact on BTEC students and taken on board feedback from teachers, schools and colleges. Following our review and your feedback we have decided to apply Ofqual’s principles for students receiving BTECs this summer. This means we will now be regrading all the following BTECs – BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF), BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards, BTEC Level 2 Technicals and BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts."

Grading:
GCSE Grades are categorised from Grades 1-9 as follows (image source - Copyright Ofqual):

 

BBC Bitesize
Read this article and watch the podcast by Natasha Devon packed with tips about how to get yourself ready for results day and how to cope on the day and post results.   

Savethestudent.org
Guidance for students expecting A Level results. 

Young Minds - Advice for young people.

Childline - Advice for young people.

HYCS' Self Care Kit - check out our self care kit for a wide range of calming practices including breathing and grounding exercises to help support you leading up to the day and beyond.

If you feel unhappy with your results, your school or college should be able to support you in considering options.

Click here for recently issued guidance updated 7 August 2020 'You've Got Your Results, What Next?"

Appeals - Full guidance from Ofqual (click here) on the appeal process and grounds for appeal. The government have announced that the appeals process will be free in 2020. 

Deadline for appeals - 17 September 2020.  (See guide* below).

Sitting the Exam - you may be able to take the exam in the new academic year either when school/college reopens in the Autumn or in 2021. 

Read more about the options available to you in the Government Advice document Government Guide* to Post 16 qualifications - download here.

For University Applications - If applying to university and you don't have the grades you need to attend your chosen university, talk to you first choice university first and you may also wish to consider the Clearing process (see separate section below).

Applying through Clearing
Clearing is how uni's and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses.

Find UCAS clearing information and advice here.

If you are unsure about your future careers options, check out the Careers section in our A-Z Directory here for organisations offering helpful advice and information about careers, apprenticeships and more. 

Also check out nationalcareers.service.gov.uk