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A Level Results 2021

Due to the pandemic A Level and Vocational Qualification examinations will not take place in 2021. 

Instead, your grades will be given through teacher assessment. Teachers will be able to use evidence about your performance gathered throughout your course to inform their judgement. This might include work that you have already completed, mock exam results, homework or in-class tests. Your teachers may also use questions from exam boards, largely based on past papers, to help assess you, but this won’t be compulsory. Reasonable adjustments should be taken into account if you have a disability. 

The arrangements for this year are designed so that teaching and learning can continue for as long as possible, so your teachers’ judgement of your work should take place as late in the academic year as is practical. It’s important that you keep engaged in your learning and study as long as possible so that your hard work can be considered in your grade. And it will stand you in good stead for the next stage of your life. Teachers will tell you which pieces of work will count towards your grade, before your grade is submitted to the exam board. 

Applied qualifications including BTECs.

Applied generals, including BTECs If you are studying for a qualification that is similar to, or taken alongside A Levels, then you will be eligible for a teacher assessed grade. This will require your teacher or lecturer to make an informed judgement on the grade you will receive using a variety of evidence, such as performance of tasks or assessments that have already been completed. We will regulate so that these qualifications can be awarded to you, even if your teachers or lecturers have incomplete assessment evidence for you. 

There is more information about the way A Levels will be assessed in 2021 here.

When will you get your results this year?

You will receive your results for your A Levels on August 10th.


A student unhappy with their grade would submit an appeal to the school or college, so that they could check whether an administrative error had been made. If a centre does find an error in the grade submitted, it can submit a revised grade for the board to consider. If a centre does not believe an error had been made, the centre will appeal to the exam board on the student’s behalf, and will be supported to do so.

Watch this video explaining how grades have been calculated this year and how to appeal.

Vocational and technical qualifications (VTQ) students will be able to appeal on the same basis, but the exact nature of the processes might be a little different to reflect the different nature of the qualifications.

  • It can be nerve-wracking and exciting - so if you are worried, speak to a teacher, parent or carer. 
  • Speak to your teacher or member of staff at school if you want to appeal your result
  • Have a look at the Choices at 16 and read up on the choices in case you need to change your plans.

Where to find information:

Year 13 - What to do on results day: Top Tips

What to do to prepare for results day

See this which gives you useful information on what to do on results day

Your school or college will have told you about the arrangements for collecting your results, but there are some things you might want to think about or do in advance...

  • Don't be on holiday when your results come out.
  • Try to get some sleep the night before - being sleep deprived isn't going to help so keep active the day before to keep your mind off things.
  • If you have applied to university, check Track before you leave to get your results - that way you can be prepared to talk to teachers about any issues once you have received your results.
  • Arrive early to collect your results. If you go to a fairly large college or school, arriving on or after the allocated time can mean you're faced with large queues - prolonging the wait and making nerves worse.
  • Being nervous is natural, but try not to get too worked up - remaining calm can mean you're better prepared to consider your next steps, whatever they may be.
  • It's not the end of the world if your grades aren't what you hoped or expected - take time to consider your options - rushing in to a decision is not a good idea.
  • Try not to compare your results with friends if you think there's a risk it might make you feel worse.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for advice from teachers or advisers - they will be keen to help you and it's their job!

Watch this UCAS video: Preparing for A Level Results Day

Watch this video: You've got your results what next? Which explains clearing

The UCAS Application process - you've got your results; now what?

What to do on results day

What to do if you have applied to university

Hopefully you'll get the exam grades you need, but if you just miss out, the university might accept you anyway.

  • You might get a place on either your firm or insurance choice, depending how well your exams go.
  • You might be offered an alternative by the university/college - a Changed Course Offer (that you'll need to accept or decline).
  • You might not get a place, but you can search through UCAS Clearing to see what courses still have vacancies.

If you do better than expected..

  • If you had a conditional firm offer you met and exceeded, you might be interested to investigate courses with higher entry requirements.
  • You can see what's available in the UCAS Adjustment Service.

If things don't go according to plan..

  • You could search for course vacancies in the UCAS Clearing Service
  • You could download UniCompare's clearing app which tells you everything you need to know about Clearing and Adjustment and allows you to talk to universities directly.
  • You might want to think about other options – like a gap year, work or an apprenticeship - either instead of higher education, or before reapplying for next year.

Getting help and advice - university course

  • UCAS advisers are available to answer questions from applicants, the number is 0371 4680468.
  • Expert advice is also available on Twitter - @ucas_online & Facebook -
  • If you don’t get the results you expected (whether higher or lower) and need advice about future options, you might also find it helpful to contact professional careers advisers on the Exam Results Helpline 0800 100 900. The line is open from 8.00 am on results day.

If you have applied for university, the After Applying: offers, adjustment, clearing, etc. section of Careerpilot provides useful information about what action to take after receiving your results.

Or go to The Student Room which has a useful guide to clearing and adjustment.

If you have a place at university then has useful information about what to expect.

Alternatives to university

Going on to an apprenticeship or work

If you already have an offer of employment or an apprenticeship, it's a good idea to confirm this place once you have received your results. Obviously, this is especially important if your job or apprenticeship was made dependent on achieving particular grades. Whether you get the grades needed or not, it always makes sense to keep your potential employer fully informed of developments.

If you don't have a preferred option in place, you might benefit from investigating these relevant sections in Careerpilot...

Other websites with information about alternatives to university…

Be proud of your achievements

Whatever happens on results day, remember that your friends and family will be proud of you and your achievements - you have worked hard for your qualifications and can be rightly proud of yourself!

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