THE long-awaited A-Level results day has finally arrived with tens of thousands of students receiving their grades today.
Here’s all you need to know about the big day and what to do next.
Tens of thousands of students are receiving their A-Level results on August 10, 2021Credit: Alamy
When is A-Level results day 2021?
A-Level results day takes place on August 10, 2021, with GCSE pupils receiving their marks two days later.
Normally college students receive their results in mid to late August, but results day has been brought forward because of the pandemic.
This is to ensure pupils have enough time to log appeals so A-Level students don’t miss out on their preferred university places for the autumn.
Grades had to be submitted by June 18.
How are grades being awarded this year?
The government decided to axe this summer’s testing regime in January.
A Department for Education spokesperson said at the time: “The Government position is that we will not be asking students to sit GCSE and A-Levels.”
The Department for Education and England’s exams regulator Ofqual announced teachers could draw on a range of evidence when determining grades.
This includes mock exams, coursework or other work completed as part of a pupil’s course, such as essays or in-class tests.
Pupils were only be assessed on what they had been taught after months of school and college closures.
This year’s teacher-determined grade system replaced last year’s disaster computer algorithm which sparked fury over unfairly low marks.
How many UCAS points do you get for each A-Level grade?
Some universities and courses make offers for places based on the total number of points you earn.
Each grade a student receives in a post-16 qualification is worth a certain number of UCAS Tariff points.
They allow for greater flexibility over the grade combinations needed to meet the requirements.
But it is important to remember that AS and A2 scores for a single subject cannot be combined – pupils must instead calculate their final grade at A2 level.
- A* – 56
- A – 48
- B – 40
- C – 32
- D – 24
- E – 16
- A – 20
- B – 16
- C – 12
- D – 10
- E – 6
How can I appeal?
If students believe there has been an error in their grade calculation they can appeal to the exam board via their school.
Those applying to higher education who did not attain the offer they accepted as their first choice must appeal by August 16.
All appeals in England will be free of charge but priority will be given to students whose appeals will greatly impact their university, higher education or further training plans.
Exam resits will take place in the autumn for pupils still not satisfied with their grades.