There is still no official word from the UK government or devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales on whether exams will be cancelled this summer. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this page when more is known.
In related news, an Ofqual and Department for Education consultation, into grade boundaries for 2022, has now concluded. This was designed to ensure that students sitting exams in 2022 are not disadvantaged compared to those who were awarded grades in 2020 & 2021. Grade boundaries for summer 2022 will be set so that more students receive higher grades, providing a safety net for students in this transitionary year.
Coupled with this they are also assisting students with exam preparation, in recognition of the fact that students’ education has been disrupted by the pandemic. They will be given extra help to prepare for their exams.
If exams have to be cancelled in summer 2022, students’ grades will instead be determined by their teachers, using the Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) approach similar to that used in summer 2021.
AS and A levels results are expected on Thursday 18th August, with GCSE results following on Thursday 25th August.
Will colleges and universities accept the results?
In a similar way to the last couple of years, colleges and universities are likely to be more flexible in their requirements this year; allowing entry to students that do not meet their traditional entry criteria. Even if exams do go ahead, students have faced unprecedented disruption to their education, which will be taken into account.
Universities will likely place a greater emphasis on a student’s acquired knowledge and extra curricular activities than in a normal year, to gain a more rounded picture of a student’s achievements before making offers.
We will update this information following the official announcement from the UK government