A-Level students will receive their results on Thursday, August 18 and grade boundaries are expected to be lower this year after two years of record increases, but the government has said that universities will “adjust accordingly”.
This year's students are the first to sit exams since 2019 following the Covid-19 pandemic, with the classes of 2020 and 2021 receiving teacher-assessed grades. Results are typically available in schools or colleges and on online portals from 8am.
Timing depends on the education centre and grades have previously been released by exam boards under embargo at 6am.
Institutions or teachers will be able to confirm what time students can pick up their results, and pupils should have already been told whether they can receive their results in the post or by email. Emailed results should arrive at around 8am and posted results will arrive with the rest of your mail.
Results are typically available for university applicants on UCAS Track between 8am and 8.30am on results day. Students will be unable to access the site in the days leading up to results day.
The site will not give students their A-Level grades, but it will inform them whether they have received their first or second choice university. UCAS Track also has information on clearing if students did not receive a place in their top two choices.
To access the website, you will need your personal ID and password that was used when applying. UCAS advises that if your offer hasn’t been changed to “unconditional” when you log in to the website, then wait until you’ve received your grades before calling them or the university.
A-Level examiners were asked to mark papers more leniently this year to compensate for the disrupted learning that students have received due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In some cases, grade boundaries could be relaxed for the class of 2022, with lower marks needed for a particular grade.
According to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), grading needs to return to pre-pandemic standards, but gradually, due to the amount of time students have missed in the classroom. Ofqual said in September 2021: "2022 will be a transition year to reflect that we are in a pandemic recovery period and students’ education has been disrupted.
"In 2022 we will aim, therefore, to reflect a midway point between 2021 and 2019. In 2023 we aim to return to results that are in line with those in pre-pandemic years. This approach will recognise the disruption experienced by students taking exams in 2022, over their course of study, and so provide a safety net for those who might otherwise just miss out on a higher grade.
"Results overall will be higher than in 2019, but not as high as in 2020."