Support for students during summer 2020
On this page, you'll find information and guidance to support you on results day.
Update (18 August): Following yesterday’s Ofqual announcement, JCQ have just confirmed that all schools and colleges will receive their GCSE results according to the published time of 00:01 on Wednesday 19 August, allowing students to receive their final grades on Thursday 20 August.
International GCSE results will also publish at the same time as GCSE, allowing students to receive their grades on Thursday 20 August. AS and A level results will be available to centres during Wednesday 19 August, allowing centres to confirm these results immediately to students.
For International AS/A level, results are now available via A2C and Edexcel Online, and centres can let their students know immediately. Pre-populated and downloadable Candidate Statement of Provisional Results (CSPR) and Broadsheets Results Reports will be available to centres by 20 August 2020.
Results for all suites listed above will be available to access via A2C and Edexcel Online.
Update (15 August): The Secretary of State has announced that the government will cover the fees for appeals. We are working with the Department for Education and Ofqual, and will update the website as we know more.
We know that the closure of schools and colleges and the cancellation of the summer exam series has been very unsettling for both students and parents and you may feel anxious about what this means for your results. Our main priority has been to ensure that all students are awarded the grades that they have worked so hard for, so you can continue to the next stage, whether that be further education, university, apprenticeships or work.
Guidance for results day
Ofqual have published a guide for students receiving qualification results in England this summer to help you understand how your results have been awarded, what to expect on results day and what do to if your grades are not what you were hoping for.
We've also created the student decision map below to help guide you with any queries you may have about your results.
The FAQs on this web page will provide you with support to understand how your GCSE/International GCSE, A/AS level/International A/AS level, iPrimary and iLowerSecondary results will be calculated this year. To find out more about BTEC grades will be calculated see our BTEC support for students.
Ofqual have decided that students are awarded their Centre Assessment Grade for this summer - that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam. If the standardised grade is higher than the Centre Assessment Grade, then this grade will stand so the student is awarded the higher grade.
If you are an International school using iPrimary, iLowerSecondary, International GCSE and International AS/A levels, we can confirm that we will be following the same approach.
Schools and colleges provided exam boards with:
- a centre assessment grade for each student
- a rank order of all students within each grade, for every subject.
Your teachers will have based their decisions on a range of evidence, including any work you may have completed in class, coursework, any prior exam or mock results, and your general performance during the course.
Exam scripts and marks are subject to an exemption in the Data Protection Act 2018. The Information Commissioner has confirmed that this exemption applies to the centre assessment grades being submitted by teachers in place of the normal summer exams.
As a result, information relating to centre assessment grades must not be disclosed until after results are officially published.
We are aware that many centres have put in place processes to enable students to obtain information about their centre assessment grade(s) from results day onwards. You may therefore wish to contact your centre first before submitting a subject access request to Pearson.
However, if you encounter any difficulties in obtaining this information directly from your centre, or would prefer to deal directly with Pearson, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Results days this year will still be as follows:
- Level 3 Qualifications - AS/A levels and International A levels – 13 August 2020
- Level 2 Qualifications – GCSEs/International GCSEs – 20 August 2020
- iPrimary and iLowerSecondary (international students) – 20 August 2020
As there were no exams sat in the summer this year, there will not be any grade boundaries generated.
A complete set of FAQs about appeals can be found on our Appealing calculated grades page.
Future assessment opportunities
If you are unhappy with your result and/or appeal outcome, you will be able to sit/resit the exam in an exam series being run in autumn this year. All subjects that would have been offered in the summer 2020 examinations will be offered this autumn.
Yes. Your results this year are as equally valid as any other previous year and will allow you to move on to your next step.
We hope that many of you will be happy with the outcomes you receive. Whilst you cannot appeal your individual grade you should speak with your school or college or us and we will try and support you. You can contact us through the support portal here. You may also wish to sit the exam in the autumn series.
Yes. Your results this year are as equally valid as any other previous year. Everybody is aware of the circumstances this year and has been asked to think flexibly to support learners. You should contact your college or university to discuss your individual circumstances to try and reach an outcome.