In August, students in England will find out their results for GCSEs, A levels, T Levels and VTQ (vocational technical qualifications) exams.
Ahead of results day, schools, colleges and assessment centres should contact students directly to tell them how and when to collect them. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you have ahead of the day,
Here’s what you need to know about exam results this year.
When is GCSE and Level 2 VTQ results day 2023?
GCSE results day is on Thursday 24 August.
Results for many Level 2 VTQs will also be available on or before this date.
Normally, pupils will be able to go to their school or college and collect their results in person where they can get advice from their teachers.
Alternatively, schools will send results to pupils in the post or by email.
When is A level, T Level and Level 3 VTQs results days 2023?
AS level, A level and T Level results day is on Thursday 17 August.
Results for VTQs at Level 3 taken alongside or instead of A levels, such as BTECs, will be released to students on or before Thursday 17 August.
Results can be emailed or sent in the post, but it’s a good idea to go into school or college to receive your results so you can get support from teachers, especially if your results might affect your plans for September.
If you’re applying to university via UCAS, you can track your application online.
Will grades be lower this year than in previous years?
This year will see a return to pre-pandemic grading arrangements, with protections in place for GCSEs, AS and A levels against the impact of disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior examiners will set ground boundaries to make sure that overall national results are similar to those of 2019.
Broadly speaking, this means that a student will be just as likely to achieve a particular grade this year as they would have been before the pandemic.
Read more about grading in 2023 on the Education Hub.
What should I do if I’m disappointed with my results?
Your school or college and your teachers will support you if don’t get the results you hoped for or if your plans change based on the results you get.
Remember, there are many different exciting options to take after school and college.
If you’re not already holding a university offer, if you didn’t meet the conditions of your offer or you’ve declined your firm place, but you do want to go to university, Clearing could help you get onto a great course. You can find out more about Clearing here: UCAS Clearing
If you need help or advice around your exam results or next steps, you can call the National Careers Service helpline to chat to a careers adviser on 0800 100 900.
If you’re feeling stressed or anxious about exams and you’re aged 18 or younger, you can also call Childline for free on 0800 1111 or chat online to get support.