Getting A level and exam results following Coronavirus cancellations

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How and when you'll get your grades

Plus information about changes to admission processes

Now that all 2020 UK exams and assessments – including A levels – have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, you might be worried about what that means for your future plans.

Your main focus right now will be the welfare of your friends and relatives, but it's natural to have questions about how the cancellation of 2020’s exams will affect you in the longer term – especially if you’re planning to go to uni in the autumn.

Everyone will feel differently about the cancellation of exams and other assessments. Some students will feel relieved, while others will be disappointed at not getting the chance to put their knowledge to the test.

Whichever camp you fall into, the good news is you're not alone – hundreds of thousands of students are in the same situation as you.

So, how and when will you get your results? And what does this mean for your uni application?

Getting your results

The good news is that you won’t end up with no grades because of the cancellation of exams, so all your hard work over the past 18 months isn't for nothing.

Instead of using exams for your grades, the exam regulator and exam boards are working with teachers to give you grades that reflect the work you've already done. 

Exam boards will ask your teachers to submit the grade they believe you would have achieved had the exams gone ahead. To do this, teachers will use a range of material and sources, including your performance in mock exams and other assessments such as coursework.

Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data to decide your grades. 

The exam regulator is still working with exam boards and teachers' representatives to finalise the approach they'll use to make it as fair as possible. We'll update this page when there's more information available about this process.

When you'll get your results

Exam boards aim to confirm results by the end of July. 

This is earlier than the planned A level results day on 13 August.

Appealing your grade

If you're not happy with your grade, you'll be able to appeal it.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take your exams after schools and colleges re-open, probably in the autumn or summer 2021.

At the moment it's not clear how taking your exams later could affect an application to start uni this year.

Confirming your place 

Conditional offers

If you've accepted a conditional offer, there's a chance we’ll confirm your place at uni a little earlier than 13 August. And if you don't get the grades needed, you may also be able to apply through Clearing earlier too.

However, there's no guarantee this will be the case. Many universities, including us, will need to make changes to admission processes.

Unconditional offers

Unconditional offers made by universities remain Unconditional. These offers are unaffected by exam cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Changes to admission processes

Right now, we're working with everyone involved – including UCAS, exam boards and the Government – to figure out how the admissions process will work for students who want to start in autumn 2020. 

So for now, all you need to focus on is keeping up your hand hygiene and staying safe. If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing infoline@port.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)23 9284 5588.

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