Applying to university in Wales in 2021?
Here you can find all the information you need around how qualifications will be awarded this year, and how this may impact your application.
How will grades be awarded in 2021?
This year GCSE, AS, and A level results will be awarded as Centre Determined Grades, based on an assessment of the student’s work. Schools and colleges can use a range of evidence, including coursework, mock exams, and classwork.
Students will be given provisional results, but these cannot be used to confirm university or college places – this can only happen after final results are awarded on 10 August 2021.
For all vocational and technical qualifications (e.g. BTECs): where exams have not taken place, there will also be Centre Determined Grades.
JCQ have also provided this helpful infographic to explain further.
When is results day?
Provisional results will be given to students by 30 June.
Tuesday 10 August – for A levels, AS levels, and relevant Level 3 vocational and technical qualifications
Thursday 12 August – for GCSEs, and relevant Level 2 vocational and technical qualifications
Letter to applicants ahead of results day from Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language – July 2021:
University Ready: created by universities and colleges in Wales, this resource is for A level or equivalent students, parents, and teachers, and provides information about applying to university, student life, study skills, studying academic subjects, and studying in Welsh
Hwb learning resources: Post-16 learning and skills - Hwb (gov.wales), which includes resources for students and parents
For provisional grades, that haven't yet been submitted to WJEC, students can ask for a centre review if they believe their school or college has made an error in how it determined the provisional grade.
After results day, students may submit a formal appeal to WJEC if they are not happy with their grade. More information about the appeals process in Wales can be found by following the links above.
Remember: grades can go up, down, or remain the same as a result of an appeal.
Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
Awaiting results can be a time of stress and anxiety. If your results are not what you hoped for, it can be an especially difficult time, but you are not alone, and there is a lot of support available to help you.
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t know what your options are, talk to someone at your school or college if possible.
- If you need help with understanding the Clearing process, call UCAS on 0371 468 0468 or drop us a line on social media. We’ll talk you through it and answer any questions you have.
There’s also lots of information available online to help:
- Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity and has lots of information and resources to help. They’ve also developed a new online hub called Student Space to help you manage the challenges of student life during COVID-19.
- The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has advice and tips to for managing anxiety and stress during results and Clearing.
Young Minds has good advice for young people awaiting their results.
Attending a UCAS event?
You can attend a virtual open day to find out more about unis, or chat to current students with Unibuddy.