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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 and other previously scheduled assessments, so all your hard work over the past 18 months isn't for nothing.

The Government has announced that instead of using exams for your grades, your school or college is sending the exam boards the grades it believes you would have achieved if teaching, learning and assessments had continued as planned. You won’t have to complete any new work or do any more assessments.

To decide your grade, 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 will also, within each subject, provide exam boards the order of students at your school or college by performance, for each grade. This allows exam boards and the exam regulator to standardise grades across all schools and colleges. It also means you won’t be at a disadvantage if your school or college is less generous than others when awarding grades.

When you'll get your results

Exam boards will confirm results on A level results day on 13 August.

Your school isn't allowed to share your grades with you before the exam boards confirm them.

Appealing your grade

If you're not happy with your grade, you can 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, we'll confirm your place at uni on 13 August.

If you don't get the grades you need, you can apply through Clearing.

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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