In March 2020, the Secretary of State for Education announced that the summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A level exam series would be cancelled in order to help fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Students due to sit the exams would be awarded a grade based on an assessment of the grade they would have been most likely to achieve had exams gone ahead.

This will give the vast majority of students the opportunity to progress to further study or employment as expected, despite the cancellation of exams. 

Any student who believes a grade they receive this summer does not reflect their ability will be able to sit an exam at the earliest possible opportunity in the autumn. Students are also able to appeal the result they have been awarded.

Students who are studying GCSE, AS or A level courses, and who are due to take exams in 2021, will also have experienced disruption to their education this year. To ensure that exams and assessments in 2021 are as fair as possible in the circumstances, the Department of Education also plan to implement a suite of changes to the way some GCSEs, AS and A levels will be assessed in summer 2021.

Below you will find the guidance issued by the Department of Education regarding how results have been awarded, how they can be appealed and arrangements for resitting exams in the autumn.

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Guidance for Students, Teachers, Parents and Carers on summer 2020 exams results

This guidance includes which qualifications are covered, how grades are awarded and information on special considerations. Updated 11.08.2020.

 

Letter to students regarding summer 2020 grading

A message for all GCSE, As Level and A level students this summer. Updated 11.08.2020

 

Student Guide to post 16 qualification results 2020

A guide for students receiving qualification results in England this Summer, including how results are awarded and what to do if you are not happy with your results.

 

BSL Video Student Guide to post 16 qualification results 2020

A BSL signed video guide for students receiving qualification results in England this Summer, including how results are awarded and what to do if you are not happy with your results.

 

Your results, what’s next?

Information on how results were calculated, what to do if you are not happy with your results and support phone lines.

 

Appeal arrangements

Information on appealing summer 2020 exam results.

 

School and College responsibility for autumn examinations

Guidance on autumn exams including who is responsible for entering students and the Department of Education Exam Support Service.

 

If you have any further questions regard summer 2020 exam results you can contact:

Exam Results Helpline

0800 100 900

nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

The exam results helpline can provide information on appeals, complaints or what your next steps may be once you’ve received your results.

 

Ofqual

0300 303 3344

Contact the Ofqual student support phoneline if you want to find out more about how you were graded, the autumn exam series, how to make an appeal or raise a concern about bias or discrimination.

Your local SENDIASS can provide information advice and support to young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, their parents and carers. You can find KIDS SENDIAS services at the top of the page or you can find your local SENDIAS service here