A level 2021: Exam dates, timetable and key information

Here is your guide to the key dates and information for the 2021 A-level exams

Grainne Hallahan

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A-level Assessments

This year in England and Northern Ireland, A-level assessments will be conducted in school, and instead of exam boards setting the assessments, teachers will design the tests for students based on what they have studied.

This is due to the disruption caused by the school closures as part of the measures to control the spread of coronavirus. 

Teachers will decide upon a grade and submit these to the exam board by June 18 2021.

In Wales, A-level exams will be replaced with teacher assessments.

In Scotland, Higher and Advanced Higher exams will also be replaced with teacher assessments.


A-level results day 2021

Results day for students will be Tuesday 10 August 2021.

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A-level appeals

As usual, students will be able to appeal their grades.

Before evidence is submitted to the exam board, students will have a chance to look at the work and confirm it is a true reflection of their performance.

If a student appeals, first of all the school will review the process to confirm no errors have been made.

If the student is still unhappy after the centre investigation, then an appeal will be lodged with the exam board. Here, the processes will be reviewed and evidence will be submitted to the exam board by the school and the student, and then the exam board will adjudicate on the decision.

Grades can go up or down as a result of an appeal.

A-level resits 2021

Students who are unhappy with their grade, and either have been unsuccessful in their appeal or chose not to appeal, will have the opportunity to sit an examination in the autumn term,

Alternatively, student may choose to be entered again in the summer 2022 examination series.

Support for students and parents

For students and parents who need extra support, the Anna Freud Centre have webinar workshops to provide advice to parents and students.

The live sessions will be available online during the week following results days, from Monday 16 August to Thursday 19 August, with two sessions per day at 12.30pm and 4.30pm. They will be run by Anna Freud Centre experts who have a background in both education and mental health support, giving you some top tips on how best to support your child and the opportunity to ask questions.

Visit our revision hub and wave goodbye to stress during exam season. It’s packed with tips, tricks and techniques that can help set your students on the path to success.

Keep up to date with all the latest A-level news, views and analysis on our A-level hub. 


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Grainne Hallahan

Grainne Hallahan

Grainne Hallahan is Tes recruitment editor and senior content writer at Tes

Find me on Twitter @heymrshallahan

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