Lemur14
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#1
It's that time of year again!

AS results day often feels a bit forgotten about amongst everything else going on, but for the people receiving them it can be huge. Deciding what and where to study at university, what your predicted grades will be like, how hard your year 13 is likely to be, if you just want to start A levels again; it can all feel like it's resting on this. The new A level changes only compound this confusion so in this thread we'll cover the main problems you're likely to encounter.

We'll be around all day and beyond to answer and questions you have about your results and next steps. You might also want to have a look at include the AS and A2 countdown thread and post your AS results.There is also the guide to appeals, retakes and remote results day but hopefully you won't be needing that!

What do my results mean?

This depends entirely on which AS levels you sat. Your results are likely to be a combination of three things:
  • AS levels: Not all schools/colleges will be entering students for these, but if they did then you'll get the results on results day similar to GCSE. You'll do another paper next year with the 'AS' content in that goes towards your final A level grade.
  • Internal exams: If you didn't do any AS exams then you probably did these instead. You might have already had these results or schools may be waiting for official grade boundaries if you sat the official AS papers for this year. Don't worry though, they're just so you can see how you're doing and don't count towards your A level results next year.

The results sheet itself will look similar to your GCSE sheet. They will have the qualification and the grade. There won't be any marks for each paper or similar due to the lack of exams

Will I get a certificate?

Again this depends on which exams you sat. If it is an AS qualification you will get a certificate, probably around November or December. If your exams were internal you will not get a certificate.

Can I or should I resit my exams?

Since AS exams are linear, if you want to resit an exam you must resit the whole qualification. This year, you could resit your ASs in October due to the Autumn exam season. However, assuming you are not sitting international ASs, your AS grade will not count towards your full A level next year so in most cases it would be better to focus on your year 13 content and improve for your A level exams next summer. If you no longer feel up to taking the subject to a full A level some schools/colleges will offer you to take the AS instead. Talk to your school/college if you would like this option. This most likely would be taken next summer alongside your other A level exams.


What do my results mean for university?

Universities are aware that different schools and colleges are dealing with end of year 12 exams differently. Which system your school is using should not disadvantage you, although having an AS consistent with your predicted grades can back up your teacher's predictions.

In terms of your results, use them to your advantage. Make sure you apply to a range of universities that reflect your results - whilst it's good to have an aspirational choice, you need to have backup options too. Look beyond the league tables and where it is that's right for you. You'll need to put down any formal results you've had on your UCAS application as well as the exams you'll be taking next year, but your teachers will be giving you predicted grades too, whether you have formal results or not. This can be a lifesaver if you didn't do as well as you hoped but remember that whilst they're trying to help you, they do also need to be able to evidence that you're capable of the grades they're predicting so don't expect anything too much higher. The exception to this is if your results were affected by extenuating circumstances of some kind, which should be explained in your reference.

When you're ready to find out more about applying to uni see the TSR guides here. In the mean time, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Where can I find more information?

Loads of places! There's this thread, and several others made by our team, plus Applications, Clearing and UCAS, and A-levels. Look out for people with the red 'Clearing and Applications Advisor' title members. If you can't find the answer to any questions you may have, feel free to ask below

Whatever your results, remember that, however it feels like right now, it is not the end of the world. There are always many paths to get to where you want to end up, and there will be many people who were in your situation in the past that it turned out well for, including people on our team. Try to stay calm and talk to people about what's going on, whoever it may be. Most importantly, good luck, and we're all here if you need :hugs:
Last edited by Lemur14; 1 month ago
1
reply
cool02
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#2
Report 1 month ago
#2
(Original post by Lemur14)
It's that time of year again!

AS results day often feels a bit forgotten about amongst everything else going on, but for the people receiving them it can be huge. Deciding what and where to study at university, what your predicted grades will be like, how hard your year 13 is likely to be, if you just want to start A levels again; it can all feel like it's resting on this. The new A level changes only compound this confusion so in this thread we'll cover the main problems you're likely to encounter.

We'll be around all day and beyond to answer and questions you have about your results and next steps. You might also want to have a look at include the AS and A2 countdown thread and post your AS results.There is also the guide to appeals, retakes and remote results day but hopefully you won't be needing that!

What do my results mean?

This depends entirely on which AS levels you sat. Your results are likely to be a combination of three things:
  • AS levels: Not all schools/colleges will be entering students for these, but if they did then you'll get the results on results day similar to GCSE. You'll do another paper next year with the 'AS' content in that goes towards your final A level grade.
  • Internal exams: If you didn't do any AS exams then you probably did these instead. You might have already had these results or schools may be waiting for official grade boundaries if you sat the official AS papers for this year. Don't worry though, they're just so you can see how you're doing and don't count towards your A level results next year.

The results sheet itself will look similar to your GCSE sheet. They will have the qualification and the grade. There won't be any marks for each paper or similar due to the lack of exams

Will I get a certificate?

Again this depends on which exams you sat. If it is an AS qualification you will get a certificate, probably around November or December. If your exams were internal you will not get a certificate.

Can I or should I resit my exams?

Since AS exams are linear, if you want to resit an exam you must resit the whole qualification. This year, you could resit your ASs in October due to the Autumn exam season. However, assuming you are not sitting international ASs, your AS grade will not count towards your full A level next year so in most cases it would be better to focus on your year 13 content and improve for your A level exams next summer. If you no longer feel up to taking the subject to a full A level some schools/colleges will offer you to take the AS instead. Talk to your school/college if you would like this option. This most likely would be taken next summer alongside your other A level exams.


What do my results mean for university?

Universities are aware that different schools and colleges are dealing with end of year 12 exams differently. Which system your school is using should not disadvantage you, although having an AS consistent with your predicted grades can back up your teacher's predictions.

In terms of your results, use them to your advantage. Make sure you apply to a range of universities that reflect your results - whilst it's good to have an aspirational choice, you need to have backup options too. Look beyond the league tables and where it is that's right for you. You'll need to put down any formal results you've had on your UCAS application as well as the exams you'll be taking next year, but your teachers will be giving you predicted grades too, whether you have formal results or not. This can be a lifesaver if you didn't do as well as you hoped but remember that whilst they're trying to help you, they do also need to be able to evidence that you're capable of the grades they're predicting so don't expect anything too much higher. The exception to this is if your results were affected by extenuating circumstances of some kind, which should be explained in your reference.

When you're ready to find out more about applying to uni see the TSR guides here. In the mean time, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Where can I find more information?

Loads of places! There's this thread, and several others made by our team, plus Applications, Clearing and UCAS, and A-levels. Look out for people with the red 'Clearing and Applications Advisor' title members. If you can't find the answer to any questions you may have, feel free to ask below

Whatever your results, remember that, however it feels like right now, it is not the end of the world. There are always many paths to get to where you want to end up, and there will be many people who were in your situation in the past that it turned out well for, including people on our team. Try to stay calm and talk to people about what's going on, whoever it may be. Most importantly, good luck, and we're all here if you need :hugs:
thanks for the help
0
reply
Lemur14
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#3
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#3
(Original post by cool02)
thanks for the help
You're welcome, good luck for your results!
0
reply
Medi-cry
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#4
Report 1 month ago
#4
I got a B in biology, despite Teacher assessed grade A and 90-100% in all of my mocks. It was the subject I was best in, yet I got As in my other three. Is it worth appealing?
0
reply
Lemur14
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#5
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#5
(Original post by Medi-cry)
I got a B in biology, despite Teacher assessed grade A and 90-100% in all of my mocks. It was the subject I was best in, yet I got As in my other three. Is it worth appealing?
Did you do an official mock in it? If so, then it might be worth looking at the criteria that Ofqual release next week regarding valid mock appeals and talking to your school regarding appeals. If not then there's unlikely to be anything that can be done unfortunately
0
reply
Medi-cry
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#6
Report 1 month ago
#6
(Original post by Lemur14)
Did you do an official mock in it? If so, then it might be worth looking at the criteria that Ofqual release next week regarding valid mock appeals and talking to your school regarding appeals. If not then there's unlikely to be anything that can be done unfortunately
yes I did a mock, I got 98%. I'm in wales though so they might have different circumstances?
0
reply
The Learn Ranger
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#7
Report 1 month ago
#7
(Original post by Medi-cry)
I got a B in biology, despite Teacher assessed grade A and 90-100% in all of my mocks. It was the subject I was best in, yet I got As in my other three. Is it worth appealing?
If you need that A in Biology then it seems like an Appeal using your mock exam grade could work. The appeal will need to come from your school or college but the details of how you can Appeal aren't available until early next week. Get in touch with your school and talk it over with them. Good luck
0
reply
Lemur14
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#8
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#8
(Original post by Medi-cry)
yes I did a mock, I got 98%. I'm in wales though so they might have different circumstances?
Ahh, are you on WJEC (just checking because in Wales you can do other exam boards)? In which case I don't think you can appeal sadly (under current rules). The good news is though that your AS won't count towards your full A level next year, if you want the AS content to be part of the final grade you can take the exams again, or you can just take the A2 exams, so you don't have to worry about this result affecting you in the future, if your school thought you deserved an A, I'm sure they'll predict you an appropriate grade too :yep:
0
reply
Medi-cry
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#9
Report 1 month ago
#9
(Original post by Lemur14)
Ahh, are you on WJEC (just checking because in Wales you can do other exam boards)? In which case I don't think you can appeal sadly (under current rules). The good news is though that your AS won't count towards your full A level next year, if you want the AS content to be part of the final grade you can take the exams again, or you can just take the A2 exams, so you don't have to worry about this result affecting you in the future, if your school thought you deserved an A, I'm sure they'll predict you an appropriate grade too :yep:
yeah I am on WJEC

Ok thank you so much. Do you know if universities look at AS then? Do you think a B would count against me at all, especially if I am applying to medicine? My school have already told me I am predicted 5A*s


Thanks for all of your hlp
0
reply
Lemur14
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#10
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#10
(Original post by Medi-cry)
yeah I am on WJEC

Ok thank you so much. Do you know if universities look at AS then? Do you think a B would count against me at all, especially if I am applying to medicine? My school have already told me I am predicted 5A*s


Thanks for all of your hlp
Ahh right, it's not looking like you'll be able to appeal then unfortunately tbh I have little idea about medicine, but there's some great threads in the medicine forum about applying etc. and if you post on one of them then someone will be able to get back to you Being predicted 5A*s is definitely a good start!
No problem, wishing you all the best
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

How are you feeling ahead of starting University?

I am excited and looking forward to starting (42)
13.21%
I am excited but have some apprehension around Covid-19 measures (46)
14.47%
I am concerned I will miss out on aspects of the uni experience due to new measures (114)
35.85%
I am concerned the Covid-19 measures at uni are not strong enough (32)
10.06%
I am nervous and feel I don't have enough information (67)
21.07%
Something else (let us know in the thread!) (17)
5.35%

Watched Threads

View All