When is GCSE results day 2016 and what are my options?

26th February 2016 at 01:05
GCSE results day 2016
All you need to know ahead of GCSE results day 2016

Dates and times for GCSE results day 2016

  • Results will be available on Thursday 25th August 2016.
  • Students will be able to collect their results from their school or college in the morning. Please check with your school to find out about timings.
  • Those who are unable to collect their results in person can request to receive them via post.


Top tips for getting your GCSE results

1. Be ready:

If you are going to school to collect your results, there are a few things that you will need to bring with you. These are:

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

If you encounter any problems on the day, your teachers will be available to help you.

This year, for the first time, all schools will use a new system called 'Progress 8' to judge how well the school has performed. For details of how this works, download this TES poster

How do I apply for a re-mark?

All applications for a re-mark should be made via your school or college, (unless you are home-schooled). If you think that your result might be wrong you should speak to a teacher as soon as possible and they can submit an "enquiry about results" (EAR) to the relevant exam board.

Do different exam boards have different rules for re-marking?

No. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) sets the rules for all exam boards regarding the administration of re-marking. There are three different EARs available – a basic clerical check to ensure every question has been marked, a review of the original marking by a senior examiner, and a third service (usually applicable to coursework), which reviews the original marking and makes sure it was "fair and appropriate".


When exam boards do and don't charge

Exam boards often show on their websites, what services they charge for when a request for a review is issued. This is taken from the AQA website:

Access to scripts: we always charge for these requests.

Review of moderation: we do not charge if your centre marks are re-instated. In all other cases, we will charge the full re-moderation fee whether or not grades or marks change.

Review of marking of linear subjects: if the grade changes we don't charge.

Review of marking of modular subjects (including 100 per cent terminal GCSEs).

If the award grade changes, we don't charge for any of the re-marked units.

If the award grade stays the same (or the candidate did not aggregate), we don't charge for re-marked units whose unit grades changed.

Extended reviews: if we decide to re-mark your whole class, we will not charge for these reviews, nor for the initial sample submitted for review.

Appeals: we will not charge if you win your appeal at either stage 1 or stage 2.


Retaking an exam

This summer is the last summer in which the current GCSEs in English, English language and maths will be taken, because reformed GCSEs in those subjects will be taken for the first time next year. 

This has implications for re-sits, because pupils who have studied for the current GCSEs will not want to learn the reformed GCSE curriculum in order to re-take their exam.

So there are two chances for pupils who took their GCSEs this summer to re-sit exams in English and maths without having to take the reformed versions: one in November 2016 and one in either May or June 2017. Pupils will need to be aged 16 or over on 31 August this year in order to be entered for these re-sits. 

If you need to resit several subjects, you may have to wait until the following June. If the resit isn’t a subject that is required for your chosen courses, you may be able to start your A-levels in the meantime. Each sixth form and college will be able to advise you.



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