When is A-level results day 2023? Date, what time grades are released and how to collect them
A-level exams are currently being sat up and down the country, which means that results day is only a few months away.
Exams started on Monday 15 May and will continue over the coming weeks, with the final exams due to be taken on Tuesday 27 June.
A-level exams have returned to pre-pandemic arrangements for the second year running, after the classes of 2020 and 2021 had their grades assigned by teachers.
However, this year, exam papers in the same subject have been spaced out to give students more time to revise between papers than before the pandemic, the Department for Education confirmed.
Pupils will face a nervous wait over the summer ahead of results day to find out whether they have secured the grades they need in order to move on to university or other further education.
Here’s all you need to know about A-Levels results day 2023.
When is A-level results day 2023?
A-level results day falls on Thursday 17 August 2023, with grades typically available to collect from schools and colleges at around 8am.
Times vary from place to place, though, and grades have previously been released by exam boards under embargo at 6am.
As-level and T-level results will also be available to collect the same day.
How do I collect my grades?
Pupils can go into their schools or colleges to collect their grades in person, though you should check with your institution or teachers to confirm when to arrive, as times will vary.
It may also be possible to receive your results via email or post – again, check with your institution to find out.
Students can also log into Ucas Track on results day to find out whether their specific university applications have been successful.
Ucas Track doesn’t show you the exact A-level grades you received, which students can only receive from their school or college.
However, by confirming whether you have been accepted at your university of choice, it can often give a strong indication of your precise grades.
The website typically opens between 8am and 8.30am on results day, after being frozen in the days leading up to it.
To access Ucas Track you will need your personal ID and password which was used when applying.
Ucas advises that if your offer hasn’t been changed to “unconditional” when you log in to Track, then wait until you’ve received your grades before calling them or the university.
How will A-Levels be graded in 2023?
In September Ofqual – The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation – confirmed that grading would return to how it was pre-pandemic in 2023.
However, it said protection would be in place against the impact of disruption, including from the pandemic.
Senior examiners will be able to make allowances when setting grade boundaries if national performance is found to be lower than it was prior to the pandemic.
This means that a student should be just as likely to achieve a particular grade this year as they would have been before the pandemic, the Department for Education said.
Exams are marked by independent examiners using published mark schemes. Grading then takes place after marking.
In 2020, when exams were cancelled, the marking of A-levels sparked widespread controversy due to an algorithm devised by Ofqual which was accused of discriminating against the nation’s poorer students and widening inequality.
In the final results, nearly 40 per cent of A-levels results were downgraded from their teacher predictions, and the Government was ultimately forced to U-turn.
As a result, the algorithm system was scrapped for 2021, when results were awarded based solely on judgements from schools instead, with “teacher assessed grades” calculated using classroom tests, mock exams and work completed throughout the year.
The range of possible grades for A-level qualifications is A* to E.
According to Government statistics, 65 per cent of pupils in England took three A-levels in 2022, while 18 per cent took two.
The number of A-levels awarded As and A*s dropped by more than 60,000 last year, as exam regulator Ofqual began to tackle record levels of pandemic-induced grade inflation.
The two top grades were awarded to 36.4 per cent of entries – compared to 44.8 per cent in 20221 and 38.5 per cent in 2020.