A Level results day 2021 LATEST – Record scores expected amid Clearing concerns as students 'treated fairly'

BRITAIN's students are eagerly awaiting their A-level results this week – in turn shaping the course of their futures for years to come.

Tens of thousands of teenagers will receive the important news tomorrow on "results day" – and deciding if they will attend their chosen university or not.

A-level and GCSE exams were cancelled for 2021, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – but students will this week receive their predicted grade.

Grades were submitted by June 18 and will be released tomorrow.

Schools and colleges were asked to provide samples of student work to exam boards, as well as evidence used to determine the grades for the students selected, as part of quality assurance checks.

It is hoped this year's school-based assessments system will be a major improvement on 2020's botched computer algorithm disaster which saw huge public outcry over some unfairly low marks.

Read our A-level results blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    POSSIBLE RISE IN STUDENTS GAINING TOP RESULTS NOT A 'DEVALUING OF GRADES'

    A possible rise in the number of students achieving top A-level results does not represent a "devaluing of grades", a school leaders' union has said.

    Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said this year's students have suffered more disruption than any cohort and their results should be "celebrated".

    His comments came ahead of students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receiving their A-level results on Tuesday after exams were cancelled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.

    Teachers in England submitted their decisions on pupils' grades after drawing on a range of evidence, including mock exams, coursework and in-class assessments using questions by exam boards.

    Concerns have been raised that "inflated grades" will become the new norm, making it more difficult for universities to "select accurately and fairly".

  • Joseph Gamp

    STUDENTS DESERVE GOLD MEDALS… NOT JUST A-GRADES AFTER COVID DISRUPTED THEIR LIVES

    Sun exclusive comment by education secretary Gavin Williamson

    Results week is here – and for thousands of young people and their families the wait is almost over. Getting your A-level, GCSE or vocational results is always a nerve-racking time.

    But this year students overcame even greater challenges than normal. While the pandemic has caused disruption to everyone’s lives, young people have really had to dig deep.

    Frankly, if there had been an Olympic medal for grit, our students would all have won gold.

    We faced stark choices this year when a new variant of Covid meant  schools had to close again for public safety as we locked down.

    Some people argued loudly that we should put off the entire process   — making students repeat the year, then take exams and receive their ­qualifications later. But putting all those futures on hold was not an option.

    Read more here.

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    UNIVERSITY ENTRY WILL BE ‘MORE COMPETITIVE’ THAN EVER THANKS TO INFLATED GRADES AND LACK OF COURSES

    ENTRY to universities will be “more competitive” than ever thanks to inflated grades and a lack of courses, according to the official applications body.

    With days until A-level results, UCAS said students going through clearing are likely to find it tougher to get on to the courses they want. Applications chief Clare ­Marchant warned that “for those most selective courses at the most selective institutions, it is likely to be more competitive”.

    There will be around 90,000 students aiming to join different courses, with many trying to switch after doing better than expected thanks to teacher-graded A-levels.

    Ms Marchant believes a record number of students will still take up places through clearing, but she warned there will be “hotspots” where it could be much more competitive this year.

    She urged students receiving grades on Tuesday to make a decision about courses “in a matter of days” rather than waiting weeks as she expects the system to be “active”.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: HOW TO APPEAL A RESULTS GRADE

    Students will be able to appeal to the exam board via their school if there has been an error made in their grade calculation.

    Students who are applying to higher education who did not attain the offer they accepted as their first choice, must appeal by August 16.

  • Joseph Gamp

    RESULTS TO BE RELEASED AT 8.30AM

    Many students will be too anxious to sleep tonight so will be wide awake.

    No matter though as A-Level results are released at 8.30am tomorrow morning.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: HOW CAN I SEE THE GRADE BOUNDARIES?

    The grade boundaries can be found on their websites below.

    • AQA
    • OCR
    • Pearson
    • CCEA
    • WJEC

    WHAT TIME DOES UCAS UPDATE ON RESULTS DAY?

    Ucas is a service that allows students to follow their university application online.

    The Track became available from 8am on August 10, 2021, updating records for each applicant.

    Students do not see their A-level results through the service, instead they receive them from their school or college.

    Despite the myth, Track does not update at midnight before the release of the results.

    KATE MIDDLETON AND PRINCE WILLIAM’S BALMORAL HOLIDAY ‘SPOILED’ BECAUSE OF PRINCE HARRY

    Royal expert Daniela Elser says the couples trip to Balmoral this year will be “unlike any other William and Kate have taken before”.

    Speaking to news.com.au, Daniela has said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s annual Scottish break is “shaping up to be a pretty rotten one”.

    Not only will the whole family feel the sadness of Prince Philip’s absence, but the ongoing rift between Harry, Meghan and the royals could hang over the trip.

    She also said Kate could find the trip particularly stressful: “Given all of this, how can anyone, let alone a future Queen with three small children and an ever-growing workload, truly relax or recharge?”

    EXPLAINED: HOW TO APPEAL A RESULTS GRADE

    Students will be able to appeal to the exam board via their school if there has been an error made in their grade calculation.

    Students who are applying to higher education who did not attain the offer they accepted as their first choice, must appeal by August 16.

    • Joseph Gamp

      UNIVERSITY ENTRY WILL BE ‘MORE COMPETITIVE’ THAN EVER THANKS TO INFLATED GRADES AND LACK OF COURSES

      ENTRY to universities will be “more competitive” than ever thanks to inflated grades and a lack of courses, according to the official applications body.

      With days until A-level results, UCAS said students going through clearing are likely to find it tougher to get on to the courses they want. Applications chief Clare ­Marchant warned that “for those most selective courses at the most selective institutions, it is likely to be more competitive”.

      There will be around 90,000 students aiming to join different courses, with many trying to switch after doing better than expected thanks to teacher-graded A-levels.

      Ms Marchant believes a record number of students will still take up places through clearing, but she warned there will be “hotspots” where it could be much more competitive this year.

      She urged students receiving grades on Tuesday to make a decision about courses “in a matter of days” rather than waiting weeks as she expects the system to be “active”.

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      STUDENTS DESERVE GOLD MEDALS… NOT JUST A-GRADES AFTER COVID DISRUPTED THEIR LIVES

      Sun exclusive comment by education secretary Gavin Williamson

      RESULTS week is here – and for thousands of young people and their families the wait is almost over. Getting your A-level, GCSE or vocational results is always a nerve-racking time.

      But this year students overcame even greater challenges than normal. While the pandemic has caused disruption to everyone’s lives, young people have really had to dig deep.

      Frankly, if there had been an Olympic medal for grit, our students would all have won gold.

      We faced stark choices this year when a new variant of Covid meant  schools had to close again for public safety as we locked down.

      Some people argued loudly that we should put off the entire process   — making students repeat the year, then take exams and receive their ­qualifications later. But putting all those futures on hold was not an option.

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      EXPLAINED: WHAT IS CLEARING

      Students are able to use Clearing to find out what courses still have places remaining.

      If students have not been successful with their first preference, they are able to search for a course against the subject they are interested in, or the university they want to head to.

    • Joseph Gamp

      EXAMS THIS YEAR REPLACED BY SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENTS

      On January 6, 2021, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said GCSE, AS and A-level exams in England will be replaced by school-based assessments.

      The Department for Education and England's exams regulator Ofqual says teachers can draw on a range of evidence when determining grades.

      This includes mock exams, coursework or other work completed as part of a pupil's course, such as essays or in-class tests.

      Pupils will only be assessed on what they have been taught after months of school and college closures.

      Schools and colleges will submit their grades to exam boards by June 18 to maximise teaching time.

    • Joseph Gamp

      WHAT TIME DOES UCAS UPDATE ON RESULTS DAY?

      Ucas is a service that allows students to follow their university application online.

      The Track became available from 8am on August 10, 2021, updating records for each applicant.

      Students do not see their A-level results through the service, instead they receive them from their school or college.

      Despite the myth, Track does not update at midnight before the release of the results.

    • Joseph Gamp

      EXPLAINED: HOW CAN I SEE THE GRADE BOUNDARIES?

      The grade boundaries can be found on their websites below.

      • AQA
      • OCR
      • Pearson
      • CCEA
      • WJEC
      • Joseph Gamp

        A-LEVEL GRADE BOUNDARIES 2021 – ACA, OCR, PEARSON, CCEA, WJEC EXPLAINED

        IT'S the moment of truth for students across the UK as A-level results day 2021 has almost arrived – but what are the grade boundaries?

        Here we explain what your grades mean, and how each exam board gives their marks

        Grade boundaries are published on August 10 from 8am and are available on each exam board's website. This is the same day as A-level results day, when pupils can go to their school or college to receive their marks.

        These boundaries show the minimum number of marks that students need for each grade. The grade boundaries were normally released online the day before candidates received their GCSE and A-level results, but was changed to the same day.

        TES reported that the decision to delay the publication of the grade boundaries was to prevent students from becoming overly anxious about their results and panicking that they would not achieve the necessary grade.

        It comes after the government's pledge in 2017 to toughen up the end of year exams was left in tatters – with the marks needed for top grades lowered to prevent a massive fall in results this summer.

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        HOW DOES CLEARING WORK THIS YEAR? (CONTINUED…)

        There will be around 90,000 students aiming to join different courses, with many trying to switch after doing better than expected thanks to teacher-graded A-levels.

        Applications chief Clare ­Marchant reckons a record number of students will take up places through clearing, but there will be highly sought-after "hotspots".

        She warned that "for those most selective courses at the most selective institutions, it is likely to be more competitive".

        Ms Marchant urged students to make a decision about courses "in a matter of days" rather than waiting weeks as she expects the system to be "active".

      • Joseph Gamp

        HOW DOES CLEARING WORK THIS YEAR?

        The official university applications body last week said competition for places is tougher than ever thanks to inflated grades and a lack of courses.

        UCAS said students going through clearing – which helps people find courses with places remaining – are likely to find it harder to get onto the courses they want.

        Hopefuls are able to search for a course against the subject they are interested in, or the university they would like to attend.

        Clearing is a way for universities to fill any places they still have empty, while applicants who did not receive an offer have another chance at getting into higher education.

      • Joseph Gamp

        WHEN WERE GRADES SUBMITTED BY?

        Grades were submitted by June 18 and will be released tomorrow.

        Schools and colleges were asked to provide samples of student work to exam boards, as well as evidence used to determine the grades for the students selected, as part of quality assurance checks.

        It is hoped this year's system will be a major improvement on 2020's botched computer algorithm disaster which saw huge public outcry over some unfairly low marks.

        Students normally receive their scores in mid to late August, but this year they have been brought forward to August 10.

        This will ensure pupils have enough time to log appeals so they don't miss out on their preferred university for September.

      • Joseph Gamp

        A-LEVEL RESULTS DAY 2021: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

        TENS of thousands of teenagers are awaiting their A-level results tomorrow.

        But with exams cancelled and university places "more competitive than ever", grades, clearing and appeals might be a little different.

        Read more here.

      • Joseph Gamp

        HOW ARE GRADES BEING AWARDED THIS YEAR?

        GCSE and A-level exams have been cancelled for 2021, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and third lockdown that saw schools closed.

        The government decided to axe this summer's testing regime with a Department for Education spokesperson saying in early January: "The Government position is that we will not be asking students to sit GCSE and A-Levels."

        On January 6, 2021, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said GCSE, AS and A-level exams in England will be replaced by school-based assessments. The Department for Education and England's exams regulator Ofqual says teachers can draw on a range of evidence when determining grades.

        This includes mock exams, coursework or other work completed as part of a pupil's course, such as essays or in-class tests. Pupils will only be assessed on what they have been taught after months of school and college closures.

        Schools and colleges will submit their grades to exam boards by June 18 to maximise teaching time.

      • Joseph Gamp

        EXPLAINED: HOW TO APPEAL A RESULTS GRADE

        Students will be able to appeal to the exam board via their school if there has been an error made in their grade calculation.

        Students who are applying to higher education who did not attain the offer they accepted as their first choice, must appeal by August 16.

      • Joseph Gamp

        HOW MANY UCAS POINTS DO YOU GET FOR EACH A-LEVEL GRADE

        Some universities and courses will make offers based on the total number of points you earn.

        • A* – 56
        • A – 48
        • B – 40
        • C – 32
        • D – 24
        • E – 16

         

        EXPLAINED: WHEN IS A-LEVEL RESULTS DAY 2021?

        A-Level results day will take place on August 10 2021.

        And GCSE pupils will receive theirs two days later on August 12.

        Normally students receive their results in mid to late August, but they have been brought forward because of the pandemic.

        Bringing results day forward will ensure pupils have enough time to log appeals so A-level students don't miss out on their preferred university places for the autumn.

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