For the summer 2020 results, standard post-results services will not be available. Instead, there will be a new appeals process, which consists of two stages:
- Initial review – If the application is accepted, this involves a check of the relevant data, procedure or process.
- Independent review – If a centre is not satisfied with the outcome of the initial review, you have 14 calendar days from the outcome to request an independent review. This will be carried out by an independent decision maker.
We will aim to complete the initial reviews and independent reviews as quickly as we can and within 42 calendar days of receiving the applications. We’ll prioritise all appeals where a university place is at stake and we intend to complete these initial reviews by the 7 September UCAS entry deadline.
What is an initial review and an independent review?
An initial review is the first stage in the summer 2020 appeals process for general qualifications, Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals.
We will check to make sure the correct process and/or data has been used in calculating your candidates’ grades. Where there’s an error, we will put it right.
If you are not happy with the outcome of the initial review, you can request an independent review. This is carried out by someone not previously involved who looks at all of the evidence of your appeal again to check that:
- Procedures have been followed
- The correct data has been used in calculating results
- The correct result has been issued to your candidates(s).
Who can appeal?
Centres can submit one appeal per qualification (or unit for Cambridge Technicals).
Appeals will usually be raised on behalf of a whole cohort of candidates but may exceptionally be raised for individuals or small groups instead.
Parents, carers and candidates cannot submit appeals directly for general qualifications such as GCSEs and A levels.
Mock results and appeals: Where can I find more information about the Secretary of State’s announcement?
On 11 August the DfE announced that a ‘valid mock result’ may be used as an additional ground for appealing results this summer through a school or college.
We are working with the DfE and Ofqual to finalise details and will provide further guidance on our website as soon as we can.
Ofqual intend to publish further information on this option early next week. If you wish to appeal on the grounds of mock examination evidence, please wait until these arrangements have been confirmed.
Please see appeal information for exams officers for further detail on the process.