Information for pupils and families about A level results 2020

In 2020 the Summer A level and GCSE Examinations were cancelled and replaced with a system of teacher assessment and statistical moderation. This was due to the closure of schools as part of the national plan to tackle Covid-19.

Guidance from Ofqual was sent to schools giving advice on generating centre-assessed grades and ranking. Schools and colleges have worked hard with this new system. They have applied immense care and professionalism to this process to make sure each of their pupils gets deservedly good fair results.

Schools and colleges have been planning the best way to give pupils their results. Arrangements will vary. In some schools and colleges there will be specified timed visits on 13 August to get results and in others results will be communicated electronically with follow up timed appointments.

All pupils have been told what to do on Thursday, but you should check with your school or college if you are unsure.

Pupils’ own schools and colleges are the first place to seek support.


Can I appeal against my exam results?

The Department for Education announced on 12 August 2020 a "triple lock" - so results will be the highest out of the calculated moderated grade, a mock exam and an optional written exam in the autumn.

This means that if pupils receive a calculated moderated grade lower than their mock exam they can appeal - but this will have to be through their school or colleges. The terms for approving appeals and the detail will be decided by Ofqual with further information available soon. Most schools and colleges have now developed a process – usually a form – to manage appeals.

You must also let your school or college know if you wish to take an exam in the Autumn.

In the triple lock system, a student can use the highest grade available when applying for university or jobs.

How will UCAS schemes work this year?

There are fewer 18-year olds applying for university compared with previous years.

Discuss what you're being offered with your school or college and don't be afraid to question university admissions teams. Last year 70,000 students got places through clearing. Visit the UCAS website for more information about clearing. Students are best talking directly with universities about their grades where this is possible.

If you have better grades than you expected, look at UCAS's adjustment scheme to see if you can trade up to courses or universities that suit your career plans best.

Where can I get help?

Pupils’ own schools and colleges are the first place to seek support. Use the adults you know there first.

Other sources of help are:

The National Careers Service has an exam results helpline during August 2020. Young people or their parents can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 to speak to a professionally qualified careers adviser if they need advice on their next steps. 

The helpline will be open from 8am to 10pm from Thursday 13 August until Friday 28 August. After these dates, young people will be able to access ongoing support from the National Careers Service at any time by calling 0800 100 900, visiting the National Careers Service website or searching for the National Careers Service on Facebook and Twitter.

This page was last modified on: 12 Aug 2020