It’s been a very challenging and uncertain year for all students, parents and carers, particularly with the cancellation of the summer exam series. We've been providing you with the information and support you've needed over the last few months and we'll continue to keep you updated throughout the results period and beyond.

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2021 results days

This year results days are slightly earlier than usual:

  • Tuesday 10 August for AS and A level
  • Thursday 12 August for GCSE

We’ve created the visual guide below with further information about how your grades were decided and links to supporting information to help you decide on your next steps.

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JCQ Guidance for students, parents and guardians

The Joint Council for Qualifications have produced some guidance for students to help with understandng results and appeals. You can download these documents below.

JCQ Student Guide Summer 2021

JCQ Summer 2021 Student Handout

On 26 March the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) released comprehensive guidance to schools and colleges about the process for determining grades for students this summer.

JCQ have also produced a document entitled Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A levels in England Summer 2021 that provides an overview of the most important information that you and your parents or guardians need to know about how grades will be awarded this summer.

Take a look at the information provided, which also includes:

  • a timeline of what is happening, and when
  • details about how your teachers, schools and colleges will decide your grades
  • dates for when you will receive your results. 

We'll continue to send regular email updates to parents and carers to keep you informed of the latest qualification news and developments for summer 2021.

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A message to students about summer 2021

Supporting students, parents and carers throughout summer 2021
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Timeline for summer 2021 grading

Take a look at the timeline for the summer 2021 GCSE and A level grading below:

Timeline for summer 2021 grading

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Support and guidance from Ofqual

On 10 May Ofqual published a guide for students on how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2021.  

> Take a look at the student guide to awarding: summer 2021

To help you understand how qualifications will be awarded in 2021, Simon Lebus, Chief Regulator at Ofqual, explains the arrangements in this article.

You can also download the useful infographic below from Ofqual that explains the process in a more visual way (PDF, 0.7 MB):

Infographic: How GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2021

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