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Coronavirus: GCSE & A Level Results In 2020

As GCSE and A-level students are now well aware, their results will now be based on teachers predicted grades due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Exam boards will ask all teachers to take into account a wide range of evidence and data, such as mock exam results and other school work.

Students calculated grades will then be a best assessment of the work they have put in so far.

The results are expected to be formalised by the end of July. Normally, A-level and GCSE grades are published in August.

Students will also have the option to sit an exam in the next academic year, scheduled to start in September, or in summer 2021, the Department for Education has stated.

Pupils will also be able to appeal against their grades if they do not think they are correct.

UCAS applications

The Government has asked universities to stop making unconditional offers or amending existing offers for two weeks.

This is because they’re worried students will feel pressured to accept these offers over others you might be better suited to.

The advice to students who have received an unconditional offer is always to consider whether this is the right provider and course for you, before you make any decision.     

To give you time to make your decisions – and to understand more about how qualifications will be awarded this summer, UCAS have now extended:  

  • their May’s offer deadline for UCAS undergraduate applicants  
  • the rolling decision dates for UCAS teacher training applicants and providers.  

If you’re affected by this extension, UCAS will email you your new decision deadline once it’s set.    

During this time, it’s important to remember that places are not decided on grades alone. Information in your personal statement and reference are part of the decision-making process along with your interview, portfolio, audition, and any other information that’s relevant to your potential to succeed on an undergraduate course.