GCSE results day 2019: All you need to know

When is GCSE results day? Find the key dates and what to do if your results aren’t what you expected.

Students collecting GCSE results

GCSE results day is 22 August in England and Wales.

National 5 results day is 6 August in Scotland. Click here for more details on the Scottish results day.

Schools will be able to see GCSE exam results on most examining boards' systems by 21 August, but these are for heads and the exams officer only.

For more details about post-result analysis for your centre, please refer to the exam board website using the links below.


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Collecting GCSE results

Students will be able to collect their results from their school or college in the morning, usually from 10am. It is advisable for students to bring with them any acceptance letters and the relevant contact details for any sixth form or college that they’re interested in attending, along with identification.

Those who are unable to collect their results in person can request in advance to receive them via email. These will be available from 8am. To receive your results via email, speak to your school or college.

What if the results aren’t what I expected?

If the student has a college or sixth-form place pending, you can request that the exam board completes a priority remark. If the student does not have a college or sixth-form place pending, then you can request a copy of the marked paper, or a clerical check, or a review of marking. You can also recall a paper to support teaching and learning.

To get in touch with the relevant exam board, use the links below:






GCSE students in England and Wales can call a careers service helpline run by NiDirect, a government service on 0300 200 7820. It is open from 9:30am-4:30pm. You can also chat online or email via their website.

National 5 students in Scotland can call a separate helpline, 0808 100 8000. It is open 8am-8pm on results day and the following day.​

All schools will use a system called Progress 8 to judge how well the school has performed. For details of how this works, download this Tes poster.

How does the review work?

A review is sometimes called a “re-mark”. When reviewing any assessment, the board must arrange for a reviewer to consider whether the original marker made any errors.

If the reviewer finds a marking error, the reviewer’s mark will replace the original mark and the exam board must change the grade if necessary.

Any new mark and grade awarded after the review could be higher or lower than that originally given. If the reviewer does not find a marking error, the original mark must not be changed.

What do exam boards charge? 

Exam boards can charge a fee for reviewing a mark and for considering an appeal. They have to publish the fees they will charge and be clear about any circumstances in which they will not charge (for example, some boards won’t charge if the review results in a grade change).

What happens if a student needs to retake an exam? 

Some resits will take place in November 2019 but these are restricted to entries for English language and maths, and you’ll need to resit all written exams. For other subjects, your earliest resit opportunity will be in June 2020, and you will also need to resit all written exams. It is always best to check with your school for exact resit options for your specific subject as these will differ between examining bodies.

Top tips for students collecting GCSE results

If students are going to school to collect their results, there are a few things that they might find helpful to have with them. These are:

  • Mobile phone
  • Pen/pencil
  • Notepad/writing paper
  • Tissues
  • Money
  • College/sixth-form paperwork

If students encounter any problems on the day, their teachers will be available to help.

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