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. The sections below may give you some ideas as to where you can get help, advice and information to get you through.

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


10 August 2021 - A and AS Level  and equivalent level 3 qualifications Results Day

26 August 2021 - GCSE Results Day (England) 

Students in England were awarded Teacher-Assessed Grades (TAGs) or centre calculated grades in 2021 following the cancellation of the full exams but were also given the option to sit their exams in the autumn.

If you choose to sit any of your exams, your results will be made available to you by your school or college on 16 December 2021.

For further information, visit the Ofqual website here.

GCSE Grading Levels Explained:
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.   

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.

Appeals - Full guidance on how to appeal here: 

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 2022. 

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).

Take a look at this article from UniGuide 'You've got your A Level results - what next?'- click here. 

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 or 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