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How GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be awarded in Summer 2021

Examinations will for the second successive year be different to the anticipated process schools and students had previously been planning towards.

Summer gradings will be based on evidence from students’ previous work, as well as work they do during the Summer Term. It is therefore well worth students doing their best over the coming weeks, including any summer assessments.

Schools will use the evidence from students work, alongside strict guidance from the exam boards so that student results will be fair and objective.

Schools will submit Centre Assessed Grades to exam boards on Friday 18 June 2021.

The following is an overview of the process provided by Ofqual. You can find out more details from your school, college or exam board, or by visiting the Ofqual website.

Working out your grade

  • Graded by teacher judgment
  • Not graded by an algorithm
  • School and college assessments can continue
  • You’ll only be assessed on what you’ve been taught
  • Your teacher will tell you what evidence is used to grade you
  • Private candidates to work with a school, college or exam centre to provide evidence for them to be graded


  • Mocks, tests and work already done can be used as evidence
  • Non-exam assessment should continue
  • Non-exam assessments can be used as evidence even if incomplete
  • Art and design grade based only on your portfolio
  • Teachers can use questions banks provided by exams boards if they want to
  • Results will be based on completed and future work, so keep doing your best

Results and appeals

  • AS and A level results day: 10 August
  • GCSE results day: 12 August
  • If you’re unhappy with you grade, you can appeal it. The first step is to submit an appeal to you school or college.