Results day: 17 August 2023
Today, thousands of students across England, Northern Ireland and Wales are finding out how they did in AS level, A level, T Level and BTEC exams.
Congratulations to all students receiving results today – we would like to wish all students with best wishes in their future endeavours.
What happens next?
If you are thinking of choosing chemistry for the next stage of your learning, there are plenty of resources available on our careers page, A Future in Chemistry, as mentioned above.
If you have not received the results you were hoping for today, there really are still plenty of options for you to find your path to a rewarding scientific career.
In England, the National Careers Service runs an Exam Results Helpline for students who want advice on their next steps. In Wales you can contact the Careers Wales hotline or webchat to talk through your options or contact WJEC about your results. For students based in Northern Ireland, NI Direct Careers offers a phone or web service for advice and support. You can find further information about foundation degrees and HNCs here. UCAS has plenty of advice available for students from all three nations.
The GOV.UK website has information on appealing results in England. WJEC’s pages give further information on their post-results services including making an appeal and the CCEA's FAQ pages offer specific advice and information on understanding your results, resits and review services.
This handy BBC guide also explains what you can do next if you have not got what you hoped for. You can check with your university if you have not obtained the results you expected; you can look to resit a subject or appeal an exam result; or you can look at clearing options via UCAS. Other options include apprenticeships, school leaver programmes and higher technical qualifications.
How have assessments and grading been adapted this year?
In England, this year’s AS and A Levels are returning to pre-pandemic standards, though the grading process recognises the disruption that students have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ofqual have noted that this means that on average results will be lower than last years, and it is therefore more meaningful to compare results with those from 2019.
There was no advanced information available for students in England. In summary, though student performance in 2023 will be below that of 2019, grade boundaries will be set to ensure number of students passing exams will be similar to what we saw in 2019.
T Levels in England will be graded generously, given that they are a relatively new qualification. Assessment arrangements for vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) returned to normal this year.
In Wales, grades continued to be awarded more generously than before 2020, to account for the disruption experienced by learners during the pandemic. Earlier this year, Qualifications Wales announced that there will be no changes to assessment in 2023. However, in order not to disadvantage learners who sat their AS units in 2022, the AS content which was identified in the WJEC GCE Adaptations booklet as not subject to assessment in 2022, was not assessed as part of A2 this year. WJEC provided advance information for its papers across a range of subjects, revealing the focus of some of the questions to help pupils revise.
In Northern Ireland, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) provided advance information for most subjects (except for Practical Booklet A in AS and A Level Chemistry) and said examiners will take COVID disruption into account.