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Careers advice: coronavirus

How are exam grades being calculated this year?

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

Instead, grades will be given through teacher assessment. 

Teachers will be able to use evidence about a student's performance gathered throughout the course to inform their judgement. This might include work students have already completed, mock exam results, homework or in-class tests. Teachers may also use questions from exam boards, largely based on past papers, to help assess students, 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 the teachers’ judgement of the student's work should take place as late in the academic year as is practical. It’s important that they keep engaged in their learning and study as long as possible so that their hard work can be considered in their grade. Teachers will tell students which pieces of work will count towards their grade, before the grade is submitted to the exam board.

Applied generals, including BTECs

If student's are studying for a qualification that is similar to, or taken alongside GCSEs, then they will be eligible for a teacher assessed grade. This will require the teacher or lecturer to make an informed judgement on the grade the student will receive using a variety of evidence, such as performance of tasks or assessments that have already been completed. The government will regulate so that these qualifications can be awarded to the students, even if the teachers or lecturers have incomplete assessment evidence for you.

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

When will you get your results this year?

The government is hoping results for GCSEs will be available on 12th August.

The government is hoping results for A Levels and AS Levels will be available on 10th August.


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.

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. 
  • Speak to your teacher or member of staff at school if you want to appeal results.

There is more information on the student pages within Careerpilot:

What to do on GCSE results day

What to do on A Level result day

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