When is GCSE results day 2019? Dates, times and how to resit your exams

When is GCSE results day 2019? Dates, times and how to resit your exams


STUDENTS across the UK will soon receive their GCSE exam results and being confirming plans for their futures.

Here’s all you need to know about the big day and how to prepare for it.

Students across the country are getting ready to receive their GCSE results
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Students across the country are getting ready to receive their GCSE results[/caption]

When is results day 2019?

GCSE results day is August 22, 2019, for England and Wales.

Pupils will be able to collect their results in the morning, usually at around 10am.

Those waiting can also sign up to receive an email as soon as their results have been revealed.

Schools will be able to see exam results on most examining boards’ systems by August 21 but they are for headteachers and exam officers’ eyes only.

How does the numerical grading system work?

The government grading system altered students’ grades from A* to G to a numerical system from 9 (the highest) to 1.

It is designed to give more differentiation at the top end of the scale, with a grade 9 pitched above an A* in the old system – relatively few students will achieve these.

A grade 4 is similar to an old grade C, representing the basic pass grade, while schools will also be measured on the proportion of pupils achieving a “strong pass” of five or above.

If you have a grade 3 or below in exams like English and Maths, you will be expected to resit these GCSEs until you pass them in order to study at school or college.

A grade 7 is roughly the same as an A grade, with universities and employers considering these to be very good grades, reported iNews.

What if my results aren’t what I’d hoped for?

If a child has a sixth-form or college place pending, the exam board can re-mark papers as a priority.

Those not waiting to move into further education can request a copy of the marked paper, or have a clerical check or review of the marking.

English language and maths retakes will be held in November 2019.

For other subjects the earliest available time to resit would be June 2020, but check with the school as this varies.

You can’t just retake the exam that you didn’t do well in – you have to retake all the exams that are part of that specific subject.

Students can retake their GCSE exams if they didn't get the results that they were hoping for
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Students can retake their GCSE exams if they didn’t get the results that they were hoping for[/caption]

When will the GCSE grade boundaries be released?

These are released from 6am on results day itself – August 22.

The boundaries are published separately by individual exam boards, and will be found on their websites below:

  • AQA
  • OCR
  • Pearson
  • CCEA
  • WJEC

How can parents ease the stress?

In the lead-up to results day, parents can distract their children from the anxious countdown by doing simple things from the list we’ve compiled below.

  • Keep calm, especially when your child’s anticipation is turning into worry – or even panic.
  • Let them know you love them, no matter what their results.
  • Reflect back on how they’re probably feeling, and make them feel reassured that you relate to them.
  • Distract them and keep busy: days out, movie nights, shopping trips – these can help them relax.
  • Be available to talk when they are ready to.


Do I have to pay to retake my GCSEs?

Parents will most likely have to fork out for their child to take the test again.

The cost depends on the exam board but they are usually around £35 per GCSE and it will be more expensive for those who require extra resources.

However, some schools will pay for a teen to retake an exam.

The Exam Results Helpline, delivered by the National Careers Service will be available from August 14 to provide additional support to students (and their parents) as they receive their exam results.

The helpline will be available on 0800 100 900 from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

Click here to read our GCSE results day 2019 live blog for all the latest news and updates.

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