One of our key activities as the independent regulator of qualifications in Wales is to oversee the award of GCSE, AS and A level qualifications and the Welsh Baccalaureate. In this section, you can read overview reports of the summer examination series 2018. There is also advice on your next steps after receiving your qualifications.
You’ve received your results - what next?
As this summer’s results are published, learners and parents will be looking for advice and making decisions on the next steps. Here’s a collection of links that can help you make your decision.
Not happy with your results?
If your results are not as good as expected, speak to your subject teacher/tutor or head of year and examination officer. You may wish to consider using the Post Results Services which allow you to check that the mark you have been given is correct.
Where there are concerns about the original marking or moderation, there is an opportunity to seek a review by the exam board to check if the original marker or moderator made an error.
Results will only be changed if an error is found. Any requests for copies of exam scripts or reviews of marking or moderation will need to go via the school or college, unless the student is a ‘private candidate’.
You may be advised or wish to re-sit a subject. Your examination officer will be able to advise you what re-sit opportunities are available. Awarding bodies differ slightly in their procedures regarding re-sits, certain subjects will be available subject to demand.
Further information from awarding bodies on their post-results services and re-sits can be found here:
It’s very important that you speak to your examination officer as soon as possible, as there are specific deadlines in place for both the post results services and exam re-sits.
The key dates for the summer 2018 exams are:
16 August – AS and A level results published.
23 August – GCSE results published
23 August – deadline for priority reviews of marking for A level, where a university place is in question. This is also the deadline for requests for copies of AS or A level scripts where a school/college is considering a review of marking.
30 August – deadline for requests for copies of GCSE scripts where a school/college is considering a review of marking.
6 September – deadline for exam boards to send to schools/colleges all scripts requested to support reviews of marking
20 September – deadline for submitted requests for reviews of marking or moderation
27 September - deadline for requests to exam boards for copies of exam scripts (AS/A level and GCSE) to be used for teaching/learning purposes
What next after your GCSEs?
Do you wish to carry on in education? If your school has a sixth form and you want to remain in school, speak to your teachers about the courses and subjects that are offered. Alternatively, you may wish to move on to college or a sixth form centre.
A level results and university entry
Hopefully you have achieved the grades you need for your course, but don’t panic if you haven’t! UCAS have information on the next steps available to you here.
Careers Wales offers a host of support and advice in searching for jobs, from CV building, application letters and job vacancies here.