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A Guide to Appealing Your Results 2023

So it's nearly that time, A-Level, BTEC, and T-Level results are due to be released on the 17th of August 2023 :eek: and as you’re preparing for Results Day, you could be wondering what you need to do if your results are not what you expected, this might mean you need to consider making an appeal. Not sure how this works? don't fret! :cool: Here we have created a handy step-by-step guide on what an appeal is, how it works, and what you can expect from the process.

Step 1: Understand Your Results :albertein: - Start by taking a close look at your results. Make sure you understand the grades you've received, how they compare to your expectations, and what this means for your next steps, speak with your teachers or advisors at your school or college if you are not sure. If you have a uni offer, make sure you understand what the conditions of this is.

Step 2: Check The Grounds for Appeal - Grounds for appeal could include procedural errors, irregularities in the exam process, and issues with the way your work was assessed by the awarding body. If you think any of these might apply to your case but aren’t sure, talk to a teacher at your school or college or if applying independently, speak to someone at the center that you sat your exams at.

Step 3: You Would Like To Appeal, What’s Next? :confused: - If you would like to do appeal, get in touch with your school or college and they will explain the next steps to you in detail and submit your appeal to the exam board on your behalf, remember - you can not do this part yourself. Again, if you are applying to University independently, contact the center that submitted your results.

Step 4: Appeal Is Submitted - The relevant exam board will now look at your result again and fix your grades if they see that it is not right. This means that they might change it to a higher or lower grade. If the grade stays the same, you or your school might have to pay to have it checked.

Step 5: Give Them A Heads Up! :call2: - If you’ve decided to submit an appeal, let the university that you have selected as your firm choice know that you are doing this as soon as possible after checking the individual exam board dates and deadlines.

Step 6: Waiting For The Decision, What Can I Do Now? - Whilst you wait, make sure you have prepared for all eventualities. One option is to prepare to make an application through Clearing, you could consider deferring and reapplying in the following year after retaking relevant assessments or look at alternative pathways such as an apprenticeship. It is important to remember if your grades didn’t quite meet your expectations and you feel there are genuine grounds for your appeal the appeal process might help with this but it is always best to have a plan B, C, D…

The appeals process can be a bit daunting but there are lots of people who will be there to support you.

No matter what the outcome is, it’s important to remember that there are plenty of options available to you, check out some of our other helpful resources and discussions listed below in the build-up to Results Day 2023 and beyond and #BeResultsProud with TSR! :yeah:

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