What to expect on results days, the documents you receive, and where to go for advice and guidance.
If you have any questions about actual results, please speak to your school or college. We cannot give out or discuss results with you directly, even if your school or college is closed.
Please speak to your school or college about how they'll be providing your results.
You'll receive a results slip showing your provisional results. Results are provisional until certificates are issued.
Understanding your results slips
Because there were no exams this summer, there are some changes to the information shown on results slips for modular qualifications (except Functional Skills English), including:
- unit results - we’re not issuing these this summer, so they won’t show on results slips
- unit results achieved in other exam series - you’ll still see these, with an overall grade for this summer
- any qualifications that use UMS - this will be blank.
For other qualifications, the information that you see will be the same as in other exam series, including:
- Functional Skills English - you’ll see an overall grade
- linear qualifications – such as reformed GCSEs and AS and A-levels – you’ll see an overall grade
- grades for the GCSE English Language (8700) spoken language endorsement and A-level sciences practical skills endorsements - will show as normal.
Symbols used in results slips
No result (X) and Pending (Q) grades indicate that a result is not being issued. If you have one of these grades on your results slip, please get in touch with your school.
9 to 1 grading for GCSEs
All GCSEs are now graded 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. See our 9 to 1 grading page for more information and an explanatory video.
Subjects that use the Uniform Mark Scale (UMS)
For modular qualifications, the Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) helps us set grade boundaries accurately. UMS marks from all your units are added together to give you your overall mark for the subject, which will be shown on your results slip. If you have a copy of your marked exam paper with the raw marks, you can use the UMS converter to convert your raw marks to UMS marks.
Uniform marks are not used for GCSE, AS and A-level specifications because they are linear qualifications.
Grade boundaries show the minimum number of marks you need for each grade and are published on our website on results day.
- If you have a results slip showing UMS for the subject, use the UMS/points grade boundaries tables to work out how many UMS marks you need to achieve each grade.
- If you have a results slip showing a single grade for the subject (including grades 9 to 1), use the raw mark grade boundary tables if your school or college has given you your exam paper (raw) mark. If you don’t have the raw mark, your teacher or exams officer can help you.
Watch our Making the grades video to find out how grade boundaries are set. This information is also summarised in our quick guide to understanding your results flowchart.
If you’re unhappy with your results
Talk to your teacher or exams officer as they will be best placed to help you. This summer's results day is a bit different to others due to the effects of coronavirus. Learn more about sitting exams in autumn 2020, appeals and advice from Ofqual on what to do if you're unhappy with your results.
If you're concerned about your future options, you can also contact the National Careers Service to speak directly to a careers adviser for advice and guidance.
University applications and admissions
We send all A-level results directly to UCAS as it manages university admissions. If you have any questions about a university application or clearing, please contact UCAS directly.
- You may need your results or certificates earlier to apply for, or confirm, overseas university or college places. Find out when they need your results information – their deadlines and timescales may be different to our certificate release dates.
- We can confirm results from the current series directly to overseas universities, but we charge a fee to deliver these by DHL. See our results slips page for details.
We send certificates about eight weeks after results day to the schools/colleges where the exams were sat. Certificates show the final, confirmed results. Your certificate is an important document so keep it in a safe place. You will need it for future employers and/or further education, and we charge for any replacement documents.
See our page on exam certificates for details of when you'll receive your certificates.