GCSE and A levels 2021: key dates, deadlines and results

Exams in 2021 have been cancelled due to the wide spread disruption of learning caused by the school closures as part of the measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

While pupils and parents may be divided on the teacher assessed grades scheme now confirmed for summer 2021, key dates and information will be the same for all pupils.


GCSE and A levels Assesments 

Instead of exam boards setting assessments, teachers will design any in-schools tests and assessment for students based on what they have studied. They can go to the exam boards for questions if they need help but most will use material and papers suited to the areas of the curriculum covered. 

No algorithm will be used by exam boards to standardise teachers’ grades.

Exams watchdog Ofqual says that teachers’ assessment is taking place as late as is practicable "so that students could continue to be taught for as long as possible".

Grades submitted by teachers and agreed by the schools will need to be submitted to the exam board by June 18 2021.


Results Day 2021 

Results day for GCSE students will be on Thursday 12 August 2021.

Results day for A level students will be on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Results days in Scotland and Wales will remain as previously announced – A Levels on August 24 and GCSEs on August 27.


GCSE and A level appeals in 2021 

Students will be able to appeal their grades. If they do, first of all the school will review the process to confirm no errors have been made.

If the student is still unhappy and wishes to appeal after the school's investigation, then an appeal can be submitted to the exam board. Here, the processes will be reviewed and evidence will be submitted to the exam board by the school and the student, and then the exam board will adjudicate on the decision.

Grades can go up or down as a result of an appeal.


GCSE and A level resits 2021

All students will be given the opportunity to sit an examination in the autumn term of 2021 or be entered again in the summer 2022 examination series. The timetable for resits is to be announced and we will update this page as soon as the information becomes available. 


Private candidates

The Department for Education states in their latest guidance, 'How qualifications will be awarded in 2021' state: If you are a private candidate studying independently, you will need to work with a school or college, or another exam centre, to provide evidence in line with the sort of evidence that other students will produce. You should receive your grade at the same time as other candidates. The Department for Education is working to make sure there are enough centres available.