TSR Answers live Q&A: how your exam grades will be decided

How will this summer's exam grading process work? What happens if you don't get the grades you need? What can students expect from the autumn series of exams?

On Friday 22 May, we were joined by experts from exam regulator Ofqual, exam board Pearson and headteachers' union ASCL to get answers to your questions on your cancelled exams.

This is part of our series of TSR Answers events, which are exclusive for members of The Student Room community. You can join now for free (it's very easy to do); members get priority access to all TSR Answers videos.

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Meet the panel

Joe Woodcock

Joe is a community manager on The Student Room, where he's focused specifically on our study help forums. You'll see him around the site posting as Evil Homer and you'll also see him as the host of this live Q&A event. 

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Richard Garrett

Richard is associate director at exam regulator Ofqual. Ofqual regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

Derek Richardson

Derek is vice president and senior reponsible officer at Pearson UK. Pearson owns the Edexcel exam board and the BTEC qualification. Derek is accountable for the successful delivery of qualifications both in the UK and internationally.


Duncan Baldwin

Duncan is deputy director of policy at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). The ASCL is the headteachers' union, it represents the leaders of schools and colleges across the UK.

More on this topic: articles on exam cancellations

How A-level and GCSE grades will be decided

With exams cancelled this summers, students who would have been taking A-level and GCSE exams will now be receiving calculated grades. Here's how the system will work.


How BTECs and other vocational qualifications will be graded

Exams regulator Ofqual has said there will be a mix of assessments for students taking vocational qualifications, including a calculated grades system like that being used for GCSE and A-level.  


How calculated grades will work for private candidates

Homeschooled students and private candidates have a few options when it comes to getting grades for this summer’s cancelled exams.


What you need to know about the autumn exam series

If you were due to sit exams in 2020, you'll now be receiving a calculated grade instead. If you're not happy with the grades you receive, you'll have the option to take your exams in the autumn.