Published August 10, 2020

Results 2020: The big changes you need to know about

Whether you’re waiting on your A Levels, Scottish Highers, or NVQ results there’s no getting away from the nerves you may be feeling. Combine that with the current pandemic and it can be a pretty stressful time. Make sure you keep talking to someone about how you’re feeling to relieve your stress and relax as much as you can. Remember, whatever your situation is there are always options. UCAS has plenty of useful information about what’s next and what’s available to you now.


What’s Changed for Students?

Scottish Highers

For the first time ever, the class of 2020 results are not based on exams. This means that teachers were asked to use their professional judgement and estimate a grade based on the students performance. This was then moderated and categorized by the SQA.


If you were affected by this and have received a lower grade than anticipated,  there is a free appeals process available to help you get the results you were aiming for.



It’s a similar story in the rest of the UK with summer exams cancelled. A-levels will be marked based on an anticipated grade of a student. Schools have sent two pieces of information for each subject to standardise the given grade. 

However if students are not happy with their results they will be able to appeal through their institution or resit exams in autumn.


What’s Next for Students?


Here’s a full guide on what to do on results day this year


Didn’t get the results you’d hoped for? Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world, with clearing you can always apply for new courses. New for 2020 – is Clearing Plus. This is a new tool that matches you (and your grades) with courses that are similar to your original choices, giving you a list of new courses to choose from.

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