It’s that time of the year again as tension builds for thousands of students awaiting their GCSE results across Birmingham. With years of hard work going into countless exams a few months ago, pupils will be hoping for positive news come results day later in the week.
So much has led up to this moment, with nursery, primary school, the start of secondary, and the exhaustive months of revising acting as stepping stones to get to this stage. From here, many will be hoping to head to sixth-form or college to continue their studies, and the grades they receive could determine where they go.
It can be an incredibly stressful time for Birmingham’s students and parents alike, but there isn’t too much longer to wait as this year’s GCSE results day now isn’t far away at all.
Here’s everything you need to know about GCSE Results Day 2022, including when pupils can collect their grades, what the grade boundaries are like, and how students can appeal their results.
When is GCSE results day 2022?
Students up and down the country, including in Birmingham, will receive their GCSE results on Thursday 25 August 2022. Most schools will be open from around 8am for pupils to collect their certificates.
How are GCSEs graded?
The GCSE grading system changed from letters to numbers in 2018, with an A* being replaced with the number one.
The equation from letters to numbers isn’t a straight swap, but the grading is outlined below.
- Numbers seven to nine are equivalent to A and A*
- Four, five and six are grades B and C.
- A one to three grade is roughly equivalent to the old grades of D down to G.
What are the GCSE grade boundaries in 2022?
Grades handed out to pupils for their GCSEs will be more generous than in pre-pandemic years as a mode of support for the disruption caused to learning.
As a result, grade boundaries will likely be lower than what we’ve seen in the past, and this has been confirmed by Ofqual, England’s exams regulator.
The exact grade boundaries will become available through the relevant exam boards once students have collected their GCSE results on Thursday 25 August 2022.
How to appeal GCSE results
Quite often students will find themselves right on a grade boundary, either just above or just below. For those who are a little less fortunate, desired results may be just a few marks off and in this instance, students can appeal the decisions previously made by exam boards.
Students can also appeal if they believe a mistake has been made. The appeal process may be especially relevant for those who have marginally missed out on a sixth-form place as a result of being just below a required mark.
In this case, you can ask your school or college to request a review from the exam board. If you’re a private candidate you can contact the exam board directly, or contact the school or college that submitted your exam entry.
For other qualifications such as a BTEC or an NVQ, grades can be appealed directly to the awarding organisation.
Every submitted appeal will go through the same process. The exam board will check your work for marking mistakes and your mark may change if they find any. If your mark changes your overall grade may also change, whether that be higher or lower than the original.
If you think the exam board did not handle your appeal properly, you can request a review from Ofqual. Deadlines for appeals vary by the exam board, but if appeals are made on or soon after results day, there will be no issues at all.