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A-level Results Day 2022

A-level Results Day, 18th August 2022, is just around the corner. For many students, it's an anxious time. We know that grades will be lower than in 2020 or 2021, but what does that mean for students?

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Grades will be lower because Ofqual, the UK's exam regulator, plans to deflate or bring them back towards pre-Covid levels.

  2. Ofqual plan to deflate the grades over the next two years. This means that that grades for 2022 and 2023 will be higher than in a normal (pre-Covid) year but lower than in 2020 or 2021.

  3. This year, there is an extra layer of uncertainty as it is unclear exactly how grade boundaries will be set. It is thought that exam boards will set the grade boundaries halfway between where they were in 2019 and 2021 and then adjust them according to the quality of the work.

  4. We are expecting a decrease in the number of A and A* grades in 2022.

  5. Good A-level grades may not guarantee a place in a top or Russell Group university. There are fewer places on competitive courses due to the unusually high admissions in 2021 and 2002. Also, the number of international students (whose fees are not capped at £9,250 and can rise in line with inflation) and 18- year-olds applying to UK universities has increased, adding more competition for places.

Keep these things in mind on A-level Results Day and don't forget that grades do not define you. You are capable of great things no matter what your results may be. Good luck!

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