2021 and 2022 exam changes
Autumn series results days
For the Autumn 2021 exam series we have put together a number of resources to support schools and colleges on results days. Further information for students, including what to do if you’re unhappy with your results, can be found on the lower half of this page.
Information for schools and colleges
Students can be given their results from 8.00am on results days. Find out the autumn series results days.
Grade boundaries standards, NEA and results overall
To be as fair as we can to students who have taken exams in the autumn, all exam boards have worked with Ofqual to carry forward the generosity from summer 2021 grades.
Grade boundaries aren’t easily comparable with previous series. For autumn 2021, grades are based on exam performance alone, with no non-exam assessment (NEA). The only exception to this is Art and Design, where there was still NEA.
Results statistics different this series
Results statistics for students who took exams in the autumn 2021 series can't easily be compared with previous series. The actual cumulative percentage outcomes at each grade are likely to be different compared to other years because the profile of students entered this autumn is different from other series.
Single certificate with higher results
Schools and colleges will receive students’ certificates for the autumn series by Friday 22 April. This will be in addition to the certificate students received for the summer series, issued in November 2021.
If a student would like a single certificate showing their higher results for each subject from either series, they should contact their school or college. Schools can request this from us until Friday 1 July 2022.
Reports on the exam only for 100 or more students
For this autumn series, reports on the exam are published for all components where there were 100 or more students for the assessment. The reports may look a little different from normal because of the smaller entries and the unusual circumstances, but we’ve provided as much information as we can.
Information for students
What you can do about your results
We know that some students may be unhappy with the results they receive. If you’re unhappy with your results, please contact your school or college to request a review or any other post-results service.
If you’re a private candidate and unhappy with your results, you can contact the school where you did your exams, or contact us directly.
Please see our dedicated help page for a full range of information on what you can do if you’re unhappy with your results.
Access support on results day
Each of us responds differently to important life events like receiving results. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, there’s lots of free information and support if you need it.
Childline – exam results support
Samaritans – mental health during coronavirus
NHS – mental health helplines
BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy therapists
MIND UK – types of mental health problems
Who you may want to contact next
If you need further information or support about results, you can contact us.
UCAS – learn more about further education
National Careers Service – tools and information about learning, training and work
Further results day information
For information on collecting results, understanding your results slips and other useful links, please take a look at our dedicated results day page.
Connect with us
Exams officers can contact our customer services team by:
+44 161 696 5995 outside the UK
Our opening hours are:
8am–5pm Monday to Friday
Parents and students should contact their school or college in the first instance.