When is GCSE results day 2021?

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The 2021 GCSE exams have been cancelled but students will still receive grades

Following the cancellation of this summer's GCSE exams, it's now been confirmed that teachers will decide students' grades.

Under a system devised by exams regulator Ofqual, schools will be able to use a combination of mock exams and coursework to decide what those grades will be.

Teachers will be asked to submit these grades to the exam boards by 18 June.

For more detailed information on how everything will work take a look at Ofqual's guide for students.

When is GCSE results day 2021?

GCSE results day is on Thursday 12 August.

This is a little more than two weeks earlier than planned - the release of results had previously been scheduled for 27 August.

Bringing results day forward is intended to provide more time for student appeals - particularly for those students who are waiting on GCSE results as part of their university application.

These decisions about exams and results day have been based on a public consultation run by Ofqual. The consultation had more than 100,000 responses - you can find more details about what the consultation covered on our sister site The Uni Guide.

If you don't think further education is for you

Not sure you fancy going into further education? If you decide to take an alternative route, there are a number of different options for you to explore. 

You might do a vocational course (such as construction, childcare or engineering) rather than completing A-levels. Alternatively, you may want to go straight into the world of work and get an apprenticeship or seek employment. 

Here is our guide to all of the post-GCSE routes and options, from academic to vocational and occupational qualifications.

You can get some great advice on Apprenticeships and Careers and Employment in the forums.

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