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What now - GCSE results 2021

GCSE Results 2021! 

Due to the pandemic GCSE examinations will not take place in 2021.

Instead, your GCSE grades will be given through teacher assessment. 

Teachers will be able to use evidence about your performance gathered throughout your course to inform their judgement. This might include work that you have already completed, mock exam results, homework or in-class tests. Your teachers may also use questions from exam boards, largely based on past papers, to help assess you, but this won’t be compulsory. Reasonable adjustments should be taken into account if you have a disability.

The arrangements for this year are designed so that teaching and learning can continue for as long as possible, so your teachers’ judgement of your work should take place as late in the academic year as is practical. It’s important that you keep engaged in your learning and study as long as possible so that your hard work can be considered in your grade. And it will stand you in good stead for the next stage of your life. Teachers will tell you which pieces of work will count towards your grade, before your grade is submitted to the exam board.

Applied generals, including BTECs

If you are studying for a qualification that is similar to, or taken alongside GCSEs, then you will be eligible for a teacher assessed grade. This will require your teacher or lecturer to make an informed judgement on the grade you will receive using a variety of evidence, such as performance of tasks or assessments that have already been completed. We will regulate so that these qualifications can be awarded to you, even if your teachers or lecturers have incomplete assessment evidence for you.

There is more information about the way GCSEs will be assessed in 2021 here.

When will you get your results this year?

The government is hoping you will receive your results for your GCSEs on 12 August.


A student unhappy with their grade would submit an appeal to the school or college, so that they could check whether an administrative error had been made. If a centre does find an error in the grade submitted, it can submit a revised grade for the board to consider. If a centre does not believe an error had been made, the centre will appeal to the exam board on the student’s behalf, and will be supported to do so.

Vocational and technical qualifications (VTQ) students will be able to appeal on the same basis, but the exact nature of the processes might be a little different to reflect the different nature of the qualifications.

  • It can be nerve-wracking and exciting - so if you are worried, speak to a teacher, parent or carer. 
  • Speak to your teacher or member of staff at school if you want to appeal your result
  • Have a look at the Choices at 16 and read up on the choices in case you need to change your plans.

Preparing for GCSE results day 2021

Hopefully you'll get the results you need to take the next step you have planned. If this is the case, well done, now you can relax and celebrate!

If things didn't go the way you planned, you'll need to think about what to do next.

A sensible first step is to speak to your teachers, careers advisers and parents to discuss your options. 

Remember this year things are slightly different so it is especially important to speak to the adults around you. 

Didn't get the grade 4 in Maths and English you needed for your course?

The first thing to do if you haven't passed Maths or English with a grade 4 or above is to speak to the staff at the school or college that you are planning to attend or to the training provider for your apprenticeship.

Some sixth forms will allow you to start A levels and retake either English or Maths alongside your other qualifications. However, many sixth forms require you to have at least a grade 4 in English and Maths before you start.

If you choose to, you can usually resit Maths and English in November - ask your teachers about this.

Schools and colleges offer classes to prepare students to retake these GCSEs as it is a government requirement that you keep studying these subjects until you are 18 year old or achieve a grade 4 in them.

If your results mean you have to change your plan

To find out more about your options after GCSE its a good idea to investigate Choices at 16 as you can find out lots of information about vocational courses, apprenticeships and A levels. To find out where your nearest sixth forms and colleges are, take a look at find a provider to see what courses are available in your local area.

If you were offered an apprenticeship dependent on achieving specific grades then it is important to let your employer know as soon as possible, so you can see if you are still able to start the apprenticeship or will need to find an alternative course or apprenticeship instead.

Be proud of your achievements

Whatever has happened remember that your friends and family will be proud of you and your achievements. And remember, if you haven’t got the results you wanted it isn't the end of the world - there are lots of options!

Further information and help

Information and advice is available online, by phone or via e-mail from the National Careers Service.

For further information about preparing for GCSE results day (and your options after you have received your results) go to:

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