GCSE/A level exam results & next steps


In 2021 exam series they have dropped the controversial algorithm. Teachers could choose the method(s) of assessment but had to provide relevant evidence. This year, exam boards approved schools’ internal moderation processes and also undertook random ‘spot’ checks on results.

A level results will be known earlier than usual this year, on Tuesday 10th August. The reason behind this move is that students will have more time to appeal their grades if they are not happy with the results. GCSE results will follow hot on A Levels’ heels later that same week, on Thursday 12th August.

Your school will most likely publish information online so that you can log in and check your own results from 8am. You can also see your results in the ‘Track’ section of the UCAS website. We advise that you have a look at this page in advance of results day. If things don’t go quite as predicted, then it’s good to be prepared and ready to take action.

Alternatively, you can go directly to the Pearson website page to find your grade. It’s a free online service that gives you a detailed breakdown of your performance in Edexcel Russian exams. Results are released to students on ResultsPlus Direct from 9am on results days.

And finally, you can still collect your results from your school or college in the normal way.

What to do if your grades are lower than expected?

If your grades are lower then you expected or hoped for, don’t panic! Don’t forget that a great deal depends on other people’s results and choices too, and you could still be offered a place at either your first or insurance choice of university. Or your chosen university/ies might offer you an alternative option (known as a ‘changed course offer’). If so, you’ll need to accept or decline.


Of course there’s also the ‘Clearing’ process. This is where, once universities know all applicants’ results and choices, they can release all the remaining places available on any courses. This means you could still find your perfect course and location. A new feature, added last year, makes it easier to strike gold! Clearing Plus suggests up to 50 matches that might be of interest to you, based on what UCAS knows about your studies and course choices. Read more here.

What to do over the summer?
Summer is a perfect time to relax, breath out and forget it all for a while. It’s been a hard year with all these restrictions and uncertainties. But do think ahead too. Whether you’re university-bound, about to start A Levels or at any other point in your education – the summer is a great time to reflect on your learning, read, watch and listen more widely than term time allows, and get ready to hit the next stage running!
After a second year with prolonged periods of disrupted learning, it could be worth considering tuition. The summer holidays is the ideal time to start looking as teachers are mainly free. August is the time when tutors start filling up their diaries for the next academic year. If you want the first pick of the times/dates of your tuition, then start enquiring now.  Get in Touch for a no-obligation chat to see if we can help. We offer tutors who can teach online or in person to all ages and academic qualifications.

University next year?

If you’re starting uni next year, you really need to start preparing your personal statement this summer! It’s worth spending some time thinking about what you can do to make your personal statement really stand out. Think about your studies and your wider interests, for example, sports, music, languages or other hobbies. Think about how you can link these to your chosen courses and to your longer-term career aspirations.

In terms of Russian language practice, there are plenty of platforms that allow you to continue learning at no cost. Think of travelling to Russian-speaking countries, going to Russian-speaking camps, start writing a blog in Russian. These are good ways to get across your personality whilst developing your ideas and drawing on others’ inspiration. It will also give you an element of structure and discipline that can be really useful during a prolonged break from studies, as well as a way to marshal your thoughts at busier times.

Wishing you and you family a happy, healthy summer.