Can I get a re-mark?
If there’s any doubt about the grade awarded, students can ask their schools and colleges to check for administrative errors and mistakes.
So if you think your grade may be wrong, speak to your school as soon as possible and ask them to check for you.
You never know how you may react on the day, so make sure you’re accompanied by a trusted adult who can, if necessary, make your case for you.
The deadline for in-school enquiries about results for GCSEs is Friday, September 3, 2021.
What if I’m still unhappy with my grade?
If you’re still unsatisfied, the school can submit an appeal to the exam board on your behalf.
Appeals can be made if procedures were not followed properly, the awarding organisation made an administrative error or the school made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence used to support the grades.
The deadline for exam board appeals for students applying to university is August 23, and September 17, for other low-priority cases.
If you’re still unhappy with the outcome of an appeal, you can contact the Examinations Procedures Review Service (EPRS), which is provided by exam board regulator, Ofqual.
Alternatively, students will also be offered the opportunity to resit their exams in the autumn.
What if I need to resit an exam?
If you don’t achieve at least a grade 4 or 5 (formerly a C) in Maths and English, then you won’t be able to proceed to A-level.
But re-sits for these exams, in all subjects, take place in the autumn. As well as allowing you to progress to A-level, re-sits can give you a better choice of sixth form, further education and even career choices.
Make sure to check with your school for exact re-sit options.
What if I have to change school for sixth form?
If you missed the grades to get into your chosen sixth form college or school, get in touch with them as soon as possible to find out if they will still accept you. Even if they won’t take you for the A-levels you wanted to take, they may offer you different courses instead.
If they still won’t offer you a place, take a look at other institutions with lower entry requirements.
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