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Exam results guidance

Overall A Level, AS Level and GCSE results will be lower this year than in 2021 when grades were awarded by teacher assessment. Grades will be higher than in 2019, when students last sat summer exams, in recognition of the disruption caused by the pandemic.

As T Levels are being awarded for the first time this summer, awarding organisations were asked to recognise this in grading to ensure fairness for students. Universities and post-16 providers reflected these grading approaches in their entry requirement and offer processes. 

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Supporting students who think their results are wrong

Any student concerned about their results should speak urgently to their school or college, especially if their further education, university place or employment offer depends on a change to their overall grade. 

If the student believes that an error has been made in the marking of their paper, they should speak to their school or college who will be able to contact the awarding organisation and provide advice on what to do next. 

Supporting students to take their next step

UCAS expects the majority of students will secure a place at their firm choice of university, with many students also securing places at their insurance choices and through clearing.

If students just miss out on the grades they need, they should contact the admissions team at their preferred university, as they may still be able to offer them a place. They are also advised to seek advice from their schools and colleges and follow the guidance that UCAS has published to support them through the process. 

National Careers Service

Students can find out more about all of their education and training choices by visiting the Get the Jump Skills for Life content hub on the National Careers Service website. During the exam results period, the hub will also have key information on resits, clearing, appeals and more.

Students can also chat directly to an expert adviser via webchat or by calling the National Careers Service exam results helpline:

0800 100 900

Thursday 18 August until Friday 2 September
Weekdays 8am to 8pm
Saturdays 10am to 5pm 

Pastoral support to students

Results days can be a difficult time for students.

Ofqual has published a guide and other resources to help students prepare for results day, and we would encourage you to share these. This includes blogs from education psychologist Professor Kevin Woods

There are various resources available for schools, colleges and parents, including the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) and NHS 111, who can assist in providing mental health support. 

Young Minds has a range of resources available for the exam results period, including a parents’ helpline (0808 802 5544) and dedicated guidance for students feeling disappointed with their results


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