Welcome to our new When is GCSE results day 2022?

In summary, School Entrance Tests answer the following key GCSE results 2022 and GCSE grade boundary questions:

When will GCSE pupils receive their results.

– what do the GCSE grades mean and

– what grade do teens need to get to pass GCSE 2022?

When is GCSE 2022 Results Day?

GCSE pupils will receive their results on Thursday 25 August, with GCSE 2022 grades available from 8am.
A level and AS results released third week of August.

Pupils will be able to pick up their results in person from their school.


AFTER Getting your 2022 GCSE results

So now what? Well, School Entrance Tests recommend taking a step back as it were. Certainly go out with your GCSE mates and celebrate – even if you thought your 2022 GCSE grades would be higher.

What are my Post-GCSE 2022 options?

You now have many options. Staying on at school for A-Levels isn’t for everyone. There’s many other routes to a successful life.
There are many post GCSE 2022 options, including the following:

  • BTECs
  • Apprenticeships
  • Gap year
  • Getting a job
  • University
  • Starting your own business

Our YouTube video describing GCSE work options

The key GCSE 2022 Results points to know 

If you are taking vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs 2022) then please see 2022 VTQ grades.

  • 2022 GCSE grade boundaries will likely be lower than when summer exams were last sat in 2019. This might not always be the case though. Grade boundaries change each year to reflect any differences in the demand of the question papers.
  • Students’ grades will be determined only by the number of marks they achieve on the assessments. It doesn’t matter where in the country students are located, or the type of school or college they attend; the same grade boundaries will apply to everyone taking the qualification.
  • Students will achieve the marks they gain in their exams in many different ways.
  • GCSEs, AS and A levels are also not norm-referenced. There is no quota for the number of students that can get a particular grade – and there never has been.
  • Results will be part-way between those of summer 2019 and summer 2021. It is unlikely that results will be precisely at a midpoint between summer 2019 and 2021 – overall or for individual subjects. This will also likely vary at different grades, because it will depend on how students have performed.
  • Results in summer 2021 were higher than in 2019 to a greater extent in some subjects than others. Our approach this summer allows us to begin to re-establish pre-pandemic relationships between subjects. We will, however, be requiring exam boards to award GCSE French and German more generously at grades 9, 7 and 4, following our announcement in 2019 that we would seek better alignment between these subjects and GCSE Spanish.


Changes to AQA GCSE Geography 2022 exam papers

The AQA GCSE Geography 2022 exam papers have one over-riding change. There will be both GCSE Geography 2022 mandatory and optional topics in the AQA Geography 2022 exams.

School Entrance Tests have summarised the changes associated with this below:

  • No changes to AQA Geography GCSE Paper 1 (Living with the physical environment).
  • Optionality has been introduced to AQA Geography GCSE Paper 2, called Challenges in the human environment
  • Also changes to AQA Geography GCSE PapePaper 3. This is called Geographical applications
  • No fieldwork for AQA Geography GCSE 2022. Instead there will be questions on unfamiliar fieldwork.


How will 2022 GCSE grades be determined?

The 2022 GCSE grades will adopt external marking as per the ‘normal’ pre-pandemic GCSEs. Although, the 2022 GCSE exam boards are still more lenient in setting GCSE 2022 grade boundaries. The 2022 GCSE exam boards will:

  • Firstly, refer to the 2019 GCSE grade boundaries.
  • Secondly, combine these with the 2021 GCSE teachers’ assessments.
  • And finally calculate the average GCSE grade boundaries based on the above two sets of previous GCSE grade boundaries.

The aim here is give an extra nudge to students who would otherwise just miss out on a higher grade – and to reflect the reality of learning during the last two years of the pandemic.

Exam results are expected to be higher than in 2019, but not as high as last year. It is expected that results will revert to pre-pandemic levels in 2023.


2022 GCSE differences explained

Here are the 2022 GCSE adjustments by country:

English GCSE 2022 adjustments

To help students prepare for exams, candidates have been given more information than usual about what to revise. This was released by exam boards PearsonOCRAQA and Eduqas after the spring half term.

Student taking certain GCSEs have been given a reduced range of topics to learn for the exam, and will also be allowed to use support materials in exams – such as formulae sheets for maths.

Some of these changes will be scrapped in 2023. The Department for Education has already confirmed it wants to return to the usual way of doing things as soon as possible.

Scottish GCSE 2022 adjustments

To help students, the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) has taken steps including removing or reducing exams or elements of coursework. It’s also offered guidance on topics students can expect in exams, given the disruption to education.

Welsh GCSE 2022 adjustments

Qualification Wales, which oversees Welsh exams standards, has streamlined the content of exams and relaxed the rules for coursework. The Welsh exams board WJEC has also released advance information across a range of subjects.

Northern Irish GCSE 2022 adjustments

The CCEA exam board, which covers most of the nation’s pupils, is allowing them to drop an entire exam unit if they wish.


Exam board 2022 GCSE guidance

Here is guidance from the main 2022 GCSE exam boards:

Cambridge GCSE guidance for 2022 GCSE exams

Edexcel GCSE guidance for 2022 GCSE exams

Pearson GCSE guidance for 2022 GCSE exams

AQA GCSE guidance for 2022 GCSE exams

OCR GCSE guidance for 2022 GCSE exams


Pearson EdExcel A level mocks exams service


        I.            Most A-level grades

… have now been submitted and checked.

  • In fact more than 99.9% of all teacher-assessed A-Level grades have been submitted for this year.
  • With more than 90% A-Level evidence sent in the first 48 hour period.
  • A GCSE A-Level sample was checked to verify teachers’ A-Level judgements.


      II.            In 2022 A-Level teaching

… should be the full GCSE A-Level curriculums

  • Despite all the 2020/21 disruption, teachers now want to focus their very precious face-to-face teaching time with pupils.
  • In summary, all UK schools must still wait for certainty on plans for 2022 exams.


    III.            So that A-Level teaching…

… can go back to normal in 2023

  • In summary, the UK government is now keen for a return to A-Level syllabus normality in 2023.


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