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How your grades were calculated

Plus what to do if you didn't get the grades you needed

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

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. You might have felt relieved, or disappointed at not getting the chance to put your 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 were your results calculated and what does this mean for your uni application?

Getting your results

The Government announced that instead of using exams for your grades, your school or college sent the exam boards the grades it believes you would have achieved if teaching, learning and assessments had continued as planned. These are known as 'centre assessment grades'.

To decide your centre assessment grades, your teachers will use a range of material and sources, including your performance in mock exams, any non-exam assessments and coursework, and your general progress during your course.

Your school or college also, within each subject, provided exam boards the order of students at your school or college by performance, for each grade. This allowed exam boards and the exam regulator to standardise grades across all schools and colleges.

The Government announced on Monday 17 August that you can use your centre assessment grades if these are higher than your standardised grades.

When you'll get your results

Exam boards confirmed standardised grade results on A level results day on 13 August. It's not clear yet when your centre assessment grades will be confirmed.

Your school wasn't allowed to share your centre assessment grades with you before the exam boards confirmed them.

Appealing your grades or taking exams

We hope you're happy with your grades. But if you're not, you can appeal them – the website has information on the appeals process. 

You'll also have the opportunity to take your exams after schools and colleges re-open, probably in the autumn or in 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 accepted a conditional offer, the university will confirm your place when your grades are confirmed.

If you applied to us and don't get the grades you need, contact us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 – we may still be able to offer you a place.

You can also apply for another course through Clearing.

Unconditional offers

Unconditional offers made by universities for the 2020/21 intake remain Unconditional. These offers are unaffected by exam cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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