GCSE and A level results: What happens if you don’t get the grades you’re expecting?

GCSE and A level results: What happens if you don’t get the grades you’re expecting?

Sadie White No Comment

Schools and examination boards are working together to make sure GCSE and A levels are still graded but what happens if you don’t get the grades you were expecting? Or if you’re taking other qualifications?

Sarah from our Careers Education, Information and Guidance team has put together a Q&A to answer some of the questions you may have.

Will I be able to retake my exams GCSE or A level exams?

Yes, there will be the opportunity to re-sit subjects either this autumn or in summer 2021. The plans for autumn re–sits and the subjects available are still being drawn up but they’re due soon.

What if I retake and get an even lower grade?

You will be able to use whichever grade is higher as your official grade.

If I retake in the autumn will I get a new grade in time to start university?

This is still being sorted out but at the moment the view is that A Level retake results should be out by Christmas, GCSE english and maths in January 2021 and other GCSEs in February.

Universities (and also colleges and sixth forms) will try to be flexible but, if you’re thinking about autumn resits, you should consult with the university / institution concerned.

I’m home schooled. How will grades and retakes work for me?

If the school / college / centre where you had registered to take your exams has seen enough of your work to make an assessment then you will get a calculated grade. If they are unable to do so, you can ask to register at a centre which has more experience of this type of learning and assessment. If no calculated grade can be awarded, you will have the opportunity to resit.

You need to:

Contact your exam centre to ask whether they can assess your grades.

If you wish to register at another centre, contact the exam board for details.

What’s happening with other qualifications?  

It will depend on the qualification. There are many different types, so this is complex and some of it is still being sorted out.

Broadly speaking, for qualifications that are used for entry to university or further education you will, where possible, receive a calculated grade (as with GCSEs and A Levels). Many BTECs, for example, will fall into this group.

However, some vocational (work related) qualifications must also involve assessing your skills to make sure you are capable of doing the job. Where possible these assessments are being adapted so that they can still happen safely (e.g. online or through video).

How can I find out more?

Keep in touch with your school or college who are working with exam boards to sort this out.

For more information keep checking here.

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