What time are A-level results available this Thursday?

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A-level results day is Thursday, August 13 this year, with students throughout the country waiting to see how they fared.

This year A-level results are being awarded differently, as the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools for most children for much of the year.

Teachers gave marks based on predicted grades, which were then assessed by a moderator based on the past exam results both of the school and the student.

But when can students get their hands on their A-level results on Thursday?

Students across the UK will be receiving their A-Level results this week. (Getty)

Ucas may offer a clue

Ucas, the organisation that links students with universities, will give students hoping to go on to higher education an idea of their results.

The Track system that Ucas runs will update automatically at about 8am on Thursday to show students if their university of choice has accepted them based on their grades.

The results

Schools should have told students already if they are getting their grades by email or in the post, or in person at school.

If you are going into school to get your results, your school may have set up a staggered system for students to arrive, to help enforce social distancing rules.

Some schools have even banned parents from coming too, to keep numbers down and reduce the risk of infection.

And the usual scenes of students celebrating their grades are also unlikely this year.

Students doing an exam in a previous year (PA)

What if you did worse than expected?

Exams regulator Ofqual has barred individual students from appealing for academic reasons – but schools can appeal on behalf of students if they get “a very different pattern of grades to results in previous years”.

But Ofqual added that students should contact the university they had a conditional offer for if they lose their place if grades are lower than expected. That university might offer them an alternative course, which is called a changed course offer.

Otherwise students can go through clearing and Ucas will provide one-on-one help to people looking to find a place this way.

Students can also retake exams in the autumn if they are unhappy with their results – but this could make it difficult to go to university, as fewer institutions offer courses that start in January.

And exam results could end up changing. More than 124,000 Scottish exam results that were originally downgraded by moderators were restored to teachers’ original predictions, the Scottish government said on Tuesday, after accusations of unfairness.