IT’S the moment of truth for students across the UK as A-level results day 2019 is upon us – will all of the hard work pay off?
Here we explain what your grades mean, and how each exam board gives their marks.
Have the A-level grade boundaries been released?
Grade boundaries will be published from 8am on Thursday, August 15, 2019, and are available on each exam board’s website.
This is the same day as A-level results day, when pupils can go to their school or college to receive their marks.
These boundaries show the minimum number of marks that students need for each grade.
The grade boundaries are normally released online the day before candidates receive their GCSE and A-level results, but it has been changed to be published on the same day.
TES reported that the decision to delay the publication of the grade boundaries was to prevent students from becoming overly anxious about their results and panicking that they would not achieve the necessary grade.
It comes after the government’s pledge in 2017 to toughen up the end of year exams was left in tatters – with the marks needed for top grades lowered to prevent a massive fall in results this summer.
Each exam board has its own grade boundary.
How can I see the grade boundaries?
The grade boundaries can be found on their websites below.
They won’t be available until Thursday, August 15:
What time does Ucas update on results day?
Ucas is a service that allows students to follow their university application online.
The Track became available from 8am on Thursday, August 1, 2019, updating records for each applicant.
Students do not see their A-level results through the service, instead they receive them from their school or college.
Despite the myth, Track does not update at midnight before the release of the results.
What should you do if you miss out?
More than 40 advisers will be on hand for the expected influx of thousands of learners who receive unexpected results and need support and guidance on what to do next.
If you’ve received your exam results (A-levels, GCSEs, Scottish Highers and Standards) and need advice on what to do next, call the Exam Results Helpline for free, independent advice on 0800 100 900.
What is ‘clearing’?
Students are able to use clearing to find out what courses still have places remaining.
If students have not been successful with their first preference, they are able to search for a course against the subject they are interested in, or the university they want to head to.
When is GCSE results day 2019?
All results will be sent to schools or colleges electronically on Thursday, August 22.
This year will be the second time the numbers-based grading system will be used, with English and maths students getting a score from 1-9 rather than U-A*.