June 14, 2024

GCSE & A Level Results Day 2024: Essential Dates and What to Expect

In August 2024, students in England will receive their results for GCSE and A Level exams. The specific date for results day varies depending on the type of exams taken. Schools will typically contact students ahead of results day to inform them of how and when they can collect their results. Here’s a detailed guide to understanding the key information about exam results this year.

Everything You Need to Know About GCSE Results

When is the 2024 GCSE Results Day?

GCSE results day is on Thursday 22 August 2024.

What If I Can’t Collect My Results From School?

If you are unable to collect your results in person, it is important to contact your school as soon as possible to arrange an alternative. Different schools have various procedures, which may include:

  • Authorising someone else to pick up your results.
  • Receiving your results by phone.
  • Having your results sent by email or post.

What Do My GCSE Results Mean?

The GCSE grading system in England ranges from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade and 1 the lowest. This system replaced the old letter grades (A* to G) in 2017. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Grades 9, 8, and 7 correspond to the old A* and A grades, with 9 representing exceptional performance.
  • A grade 4 is considered a standard pass, equivalent to a C grade.
  • A grade 5 is a strong pass, also equivalent to a C grade.

What Grade Do I Need to Pass GCSEs?

To pass your GCSEs, you need to achieve at least a grade 4, which is a standard pass. A grade 5 is considered a strong pass. Therefore, obtaining a grade 4 or higher in your subjects indicates you have passed.

What Happens If I Fail My GCSEs?

If you do not achieve the necessary grades, there are several options to consider:

Speak to Your School or College

Your preferred sixth form or college may still accept you, especially if you narrowly missed your grades.

Resit Your Exams

You can retake GCSE exams in the summer of 2024 or in the autumn for English language and maths. Discuss with your sixth form or college to decide the best time to resit.

Explore Other Courses

Different courses and colleges have varying entry requirements. Look for alternative courses or institutions that might have available spaces.

Consider an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships offer on-the-job training and education, allowing you to earn while you learn. There are over 670 high-quality apprenticeships available in various fields, some of which may include additional training in English and maths if needed.

Everything You Need to Know About A Level Results

When is the 2024 A Level Results Day?

AS level and A level results day is on Thursday 15 August 2024.

What If I Don’t Get the A Level Grades I Need For My University Course?

If you don’t get the grades you need for your chosen university course, consider the following steps:

Speak to Your Course Provider 

Your university or college may still offer you a place even if you missed the required grades. Contact them and your school to discuss your options.

Go Through Clearing

Clearing allows students to apply for university places that haven’t been filled. This process is open from 5 July to 21 October. If you didn’t meet your initial offer, you can use Clearing to find a different course or university.

Consider Retaking Your A Levels

If you can’t secure a university place, you might consider resitting your A Levels and reapplying next year.

Look at Alternative Routes into Your Career

Explore entry-level positions, apprenticeships, or school leaver programs that provide practical experience and training while you earn.

How Can I Appeal My A Level Results?

If you believe there has been a mistake in the marking of your exams, you can appeal your results by speaking to your school or college. They can request a review from the exam board. Ensure you only request a review if you genuinely believe there was an error, as unnecessary appeals can delay other opportunities.

What If I Can’t Collect My Results From School?

If you cannot collect your results in person, contact your school or college to make alternative arrangements, such as:

  • Authorising someone else to collect your results.
  • Receiving your results by phone, email, or post.

Navigating Results Day with Confidence

By planning ahead and understanding your options, you can navigate results day with confidence, whether you’re receiving GCSE or A Level results. Knowing the procedures, grading systems, and available pathways ensures that you are well-prepared to handle whatever results day brings.

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