What to expect on GCSE Results Day 2024

After an anxious wait following the end of your exams and an early start to the summer break, GCSE Results Day is always a nerve-wracking occasion.

Given the past few years have been slightly different due to the pandemic, if you’re due to pick up your results this week, you may be wondering what to expect. Here’s the important things to know about GCSE Results Day this year.


When will my GCSE results be available on Results Day?

GCSE Results day is on Thursday 22nd August and you’ll be able to collect your results from 8am. You can go into school to collect these, or you can ask to receive your results by post, email or have someone collect them on your behalf (provided they have a signed letter from you and a form of ID for themselves).

What will I need on day itself?

You won’t need to prepare anything in advance or take anything with you to collect your results. However, you might find it useful to have a mobile phone (so you can get in touch with your friends and family), a pen and a piece of paper to make a note of anything important, and a friend or trusted adult for moral support/advice.

What will my GCSE grades look like?

The current GCSE grade boundary system was introduced in 2017 as part of a package of reforms. Although the marking and exam procedure was different during the pandemic, it’s now reverted back to this scoring system.

That means, you’ll receive a score of 1 to 9 for each subject. A score of 9 is the highest you can get and is equivalent to an A* and a 1 is the lowest you can get and is equivalent to a G.

What if I’m not happy with my grades?

If you’re unhappy with the results you get, you can make in-school enquiries to your teachers and they can submit an appeal to the exam board on your behalf. This could be on the grounds that the procedures weren’t followed properly, a potential admin error or if the school thinks your grade should have been higher. The deadline for appeals is 16th September.

If you’re still unhappy with the outcome, you can appeal again to the Examinations Procedures Review Service (EPRS) provided by Ofqual or have the opportunity to re-sit your exams in the Autumn.

What happens next on GCSE Results Day?

Contact your chosen sixth form school or college to confirm your place if you have the grades you need, or if you missed out but would still like a place to see if they can accept you. Even if you didn’t get the grades you needed, you may still be able to apply for other subjects or courses. If not, you can look for other colleges with lower entry requirements with places still open.

Alternatively, you may now be looking for an apprenticeship or other ways to continue your education and gain further qualifications. Use the resources on Stockport Jobs Match to help you, contact National Careers Service or arrange an appointment with your school Careers Advisors.

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