Information on qualifications which have been disrupted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Applies to England
Exam results 2022
Once you’ve received your results you might be looking for some guidance about what to do next. The Exam Results Helpline from the National Careers Service can talk to you about resits, qualification and subject choices, apprenticeship and careers advice, and gap years.
Exam Results Helpline
Telephone 0800 100 900
National Careers Service website
The phone line is open from 16 to 30 August, from 8am to 10pm.
For any questions you have about university admissions or higher education courses, you should contact the university or college directly. You can also contact UCAS for more information.
Telephone 0371 468 0 468
The phone line is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 6pm.
Unhappy with your results
If you’re not happy with your results in some subjects, you have the options to appeal your results or retake your exams in those subjects. Your school or college will be able to tell you about the process for both of these.
Read the guide to appealing results for qualifications in England.
Ofqual helpdesk opening hours
Our phone lines are open longer on some days during results weeks, and at the weekends.
|Tuesday 16 August||8am to 6pm|
|Wednesday 17 August||8am to 6pm|
|Thursday 18 August||8am to 8pm|
|Friday 19 August||8am to 8pm|
|Saturday 20 August||9am to 5pm|
|Sunday 21 August||9am to 5pm|
|Monday 22 August||8am to 6pm|
|Tuesday 23 August||8am to 6pm|
|Wednesday 24 August||8am to 6pm|
|Thursday 25 August||8am to 8pm|
|Friday 26 August||8am to 8pm|
|Saturday 27 August||9am to 5pm|
|Sunday 28 August||9am to 5pm|
|Monday 29 August||9am to 5pm|
|Tuesday 30 August||8am to 6pm|
Anxiety and mental health support
We understand that this has been a difficult time for students and you have shown great resilience in the face of the challenges presented by the pandemic. Always make sure you speak to somebody if you are feeling anxious or struggling with your mental health. This might be a parent, carer or someone else you trust.
You can also contact:
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Young Minds
- NHS 111 – they can assist in providing the mental health support you may need
Subject content and assessment arrangements: 2022 to 2023
Ofqual and the Department for Education have confirmed the arrangements for subject content in GCSEs, AS and A levels and non-exam assessment in qualifications taking place in the academic year 2022 to 2023.
New guidance for exam boards on producing accessible assessments
Ofqual has published new guidance for exam boards and awarding organisations on making assessments accessible for students.
The guidance supports awarding organisations to design and develop assessments to meet rules on accessibility. It explains that, in their exams and assessments, awarding organisations should:
- use accessible and appropriate language
- use clear and consistent layout
- use source material, context, images and colour in ways that do not disadvantage students
- consider how Reasonable Adjustments could be made to the exam or assessment to make sure disabled students are not disadvantaged
Read Ofqual’s news story about guidance on making assessments accessible for students for more information.
Guide to exams and assessments in 2022
We have published a guide for students on how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications are graded and awarded this year.
The guide explains what is in place to support you in taking exams and assessments, and provides other information about this year’s arrangements. It is for students taking any of these qualifications:
- AS or A levels
- other general qualifications, including International Baccalaureate, core mathematics and Pre-U
- vocational and technical qualifications, including T Levels
- a combination of these qualifications
For more information, see Ofqual’s student guide to exams and assessments in 2022
Extra support for summer 2022 GCSEs, AS and A levels
Exams have now been completed for summer 2022, with some changes to exams and non-exam assessments:
- exams will be graded more generously this year – providing a safety net for students
- advance information will help students to focus their revision
- exam boards have provided advance information for exams in most subjects
- students will have a choice of topics or content in some other GCSE subjects
- exam boards will provide a formulae sheet and an updated equation sheet that students will have in their GCSE maths, physics and combined science exams
For more information, see:
Vocational and technical qualifications 2022
Results for vocational and technical qualifications in 2022 will be based on the outcome of exams and assessments. Awarding organisations will be allowed to make adaptations to assessments and qualifications, where they need to, due to the pandemic.
In early December we updated our guidance on the awarding of vocational and technical qualifications in the academic year 2021 to 2022. The guidance is for schools, colleges and training providers, and includes information on T Levels, Functional Skills Qualifications and Apprenticeship end-point assessments.
For more information see the student guide to exams and assessments in 2022.
Ofqual does not hold copies of your certificates – we can’t tell you your grade or provide replacements. Certificates are held by the exam board you sat your qualification with. If you don’t know which exam board you took your qualification with, ask your school. If your school don’t know you will need to ask each exam board to do a search for you – they will charge you for this.
Contact your exam board to get a replacement certificate. If your exam board no longer exists, your certificates will have moved to an existing board. Find out who now holds your certificates.