Results day 2020
This summer, thousands of students will experience a results day like no other, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the school year, leading to exams being cancelled. We’ve tried to answer some of the big questions surrounding results day this year so you know what to expect, and can approach the day fully informed!
When is results day 2020?
This year, results day is 13 August 2020 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
How will results day be different this year?
Usually, you would go into your school or college to pick up an envelope containing your results. However, this year, due to social distancing and the pandemic, some schools and colleges may not be open, so you will receive your results online. There will be some cases where your institution will be open for you to collect results, so do check about this beforehand. As always you should not go in person if you are vulnerable, shielding, or exhibiting symptoms.
This year results day will be the same for BTEC students as it is for A Level students – usually, BTEC students get their results earlier in the year. If you are studying a qualification which isn't an A Level or BTEC you can check with your school or college as to when you can expect your results.
How will results be sent out?
Unless your school has decided to open for you to collect your results in person, you will be able to see your results on UCAS Track, from around 8am – but do be patient, as the website understandably gets very busy at this time. You’ll also then be able to see if you’ve been accepted by your firm choice university.
How have results been decided?
Teachers will have based the grades they have given you on your previous work – coursework, mock exams, essays, homework and class work, as well as their own judgement of your ability and what they believe you were capable of achieving in your exams.
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Can I retake my A Levels?
There will be a possibility to retake your A Level exams in the autumn, however confirmation of this, including the timing and process, is still to be confirmed due to coronavirus.
What if you don’t get the results you were hoping for?
As mentioned, you may be able to retake your exams if you wish to, but be sure to call the university of your choice before making this decision, as there is a chance that if you’ve missed your grades only slightly you could still be accepted onto your course. As well as this, the university will also consider alternative courses and make alternative offers where it is deemed appropriate
What if you’ve changed your mind?
What if coronavirus and the lockdown have made you change your mind? You might have decided to study closer to home, or perhaps you’ve changed your mind on what you want to study. Clearing is a great option for this – do your research to find a list of institutions offering the course you’re interested in, and once you have your results you can call them to see if they have space on their courses and if you meet their entry requirements.
It’s not too late to apply
Even if you didn’t sit exams this year, or if you didn’t yet apply to university, you can do so in Clearing. It’s never too late to take the next step in your education. We’ve got some detailed info on whether this is the right step for you.