Results 2020 FAQs

Updated: Wednesday, 26 August 2020.

Appeals

Grounds for appeal

Summer 2020 grounds for appeal: 

  • You can ask your school or college to check whether it made a mistake when submitting data to the exam board. If your school or college finds it made a mistake in the data it provided, it can ask the exam board to correct it.
  • Your school or college can appeal to the exam board on your behalf if it believes the exam board made a mistake when it communicated your grades.
  • You can't challenge your school or college under the appeals process on the centre assessment grades it submitted or your rank order positions  any appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than your teachers to judge your likely grade if exams had taken place. In the unique circumstances of this summer, we don't believe there is such a person.
  • You can't appeal because your mock exam result was higher than your grade. Your mock grade will have been taken into account in deciding your centre assessment grade. You'll either receive your centre assessment grade or your calculated grade (whichever is higher).

This summer, your grade is protected and won't go down as a result of an appeal. An appeal must be raised through your school or college.

Contacting the University

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have submitted an appeal. We closely follow UCAS guidance which this year identifies 7 September as the cut-off point for meeting the conditions of your offer. Therefore, if as a result of an appeal you meet the conditions of your offer before this date, we'll accept you for the year of entry that you applied for where possible. If we can't offer you a place for the year of entry that you applied for, we may make you a deferred offer for the following year’s entry, or offer admission to another course.

If you receive an outcome after 7 September, you should contact the academic School as soon as possible to discuss your application. The School will decide, at their discretion, whether to offer you a place as a result of your re-mark. If we can't offer you a place for the year of entry that you applied for, we may make you a deferred offer for the following year’s entry, or offer admission to another course.

Please note that if we make you an offer for deferred entry in the following year, you'll be required, prior to taking up your place, to re-take the medical fitness assessment and repeat the DBS check for courses, where these requirements apply.

Sitting exams in a future exam series

Honouring your 2020 offer for 2021 entry

If you haven't secured a place based on your centre assessed grades or appeal and wish to sit your exams in the autumn of 2020 (open to students in England only), or summer 2021 (exceptions for Medicine and Dentistry, see below), we'll honour your 2020 offer for 2021 entry. You would need to submit a new application through UCAS for September 2021 entry by 15 October for Medicine/Dentistry or 15 January for all other courses.

Your application will then be made conditional based on your 2020 offer conditions, or unconditional should you have already received your results and met any other conditions. You wouldn't be required to attend another interview or re-sit any aptitude tests (eg UCAT), but some students may be required to satisfy non-academic conditions such as a DBS check or a health screening.

Medicine and Dentistry

If you applied for Medicine or Dentistry and are unhappy with your centre assessed grades from August 2020, we strongly encourage you to sit exams in the relevant subjects as soon as possible. Your offer of a place will be guaranteed for start in September 2021 on the condition of achieving the grades attached to your current offer in the next available exam. A new UCAT/interview won't be required in these circumstances. You will also need to notify us that you're intending to sit exams via ug.medicine@manchester.ac.uk or ug.dentistry@manchester.ac.uk.

If you have the option of sitting in the autumn exam series (students in England only) at a UK centre but choose to take the summer 2021 exam series instead, we'll then apply our standard re-sit criteria. Although we would guarantee a place for September 2021 and waive the requirement to sit the UCAT and interview, the offer would be conditional on achieving our A-level re-sit grade requirement (A*AA). This is because you had an opportunity to sit the autumn exams but chose not to and you wouldn't have fulfilled our requirement to complete A-level study over two years.

For candidates who don't have the option of sitting an autumn exam series we'll accept grades from the summer 2021 exams, with the same conditions as the existing 2020 offer. We reserve the right to ask for evidence to confirm you didn't have the option of an autumn sitting at your school/college or another test centre close to where you live. Offer-holders who meet these criteria will need to submit a new application via UCAS in order for the admissions team to update their guaranteed offer for 2021 entry. Applications for 2021 entry open on 1 September and close on 15 October. No new UCAT or interview is required. The application will go straight to the conditional offer stage based on the grades listed above. In addition, you will need to satisfy the relevant non-academic conditions, such as an acceptable DBS check and health screening.

Accommodation

You can still apply for accommodation

If you're awaiting publication of centre assessed grades, please still apply for your accommodation by Monday, 31 August.

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Applications and grades

I have my centre-assessed grades from my school/college, can you confirm my place now?

We've now received revised centre assessed grades from UCAS and we're determining which of our applicants can now be accepted. We're working hard to confirm these decisions as soon as possible and are aiming to communicate directly to applicants on Monday 24 August.

Until these decisions are reached we aren't in a position to communicate directly with applicants and we ask for patience while we undertake this exercise. We know this is a difficult time for you and we'll publish further updates to this page as soon as we can. If in the meantime you would like to speak to us about this process, please call our admissions colleagues on +44 (0)161 804 0050 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

When will I know if my place is confirmed from my centre-assessed grades?

We've now received revised centre assessed grades from UCAS and we're determining which of our applicants can now be accepted. We're working hard to confirm these decisions as soon as possible and are aiming to communicate directly to applicants on Monday 24 August.

Until these decisions are reached we aren't in a position to communicate directly with applicants and we ask for patience while we undertake this exercise. We know this is a difficult time for you and we'll publish further updates to this page as soon as we can. If in the meantime you would like to speak to us about this process, please call our admissions colleagues on +44 (0)161 804 0050 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

I studied the international baccalaureate and I have my finalised centre-assessed grades, can you confirm my place?

We've received the International Baccalaureate (IB) results and the revised centre assessed grades from UCAS and we're determining which of our applicants can now be accepted. We're working hard to confirm these decisions as soon as possible and are aiming to communicate directly to applicants on Monday 24 August.

Until these decisions are reached we aren't in a position to communicate directly with applicants and we ask for patience while we undertake this exercise. We know this is a difficult time for you and we'll publish further updates to this page as soon as we can. If in the meantime you would like to speak to us about this process, please call our admissions colleagues on +44 (0)161 804 0050 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

I received a contextual offer from the University for 2020 entry, will this offer be honoured if I'm taking exams in the autumn 2020 or summer 2021 series?

If you received a contextual lower offer for 2020 entry we'll honour this offer for 2021 entry. If you're reapplying for Medicine and Dentistry, please see the specific requirements of these courses in ‘Sitting exams in a future exam series – Medicine and Dentistry’. 

I successfully completed MAP/MDAS and received a lower offer, will this offer be honoured if I'm taking exams in the autumn 2020 or summer 2021 series?

If you've successfully completed either the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) or the Manchester Distance Access Scheme (MDAS) we'll honour this offer and you'll not be required to redo any aspects of these programmes. If you're reapplying for Medicine and Dentistry, please see the specific requirements of these courses in ‘Sitting exams in a future exam series – Medicine and Dentistry’/

I'm now unconditional firm with my original insurance choice but I want to take up my original firm choice with Manchester with my centre-assessed grades.

We've now received revised centre assessed grades from UCAS and we're determining which of our applicants can now be accepted. We're likely to have a number of applicants who were originally conditional firm with us but who are now unconditional firm elsewhere. If you now meet the conditions of our offer, we'll honour your original offer where we can for September 2020 entry or, if this isn't possible, for September 2021.

We're working hard to confirm these decisions as soon as possible and are aiming to communicate directly to applicants on Monday 24 August. Until these decisions are reached we aren't in a position to communicate directly with applicants and we ask for patience while we undertake this exercise.

We know this is a difficult time for you and we'll publish further updates to this page as soon as we can. If in the meantime you would like to speak to us about this process, please call our admissions colleagues on +44 (0)161 804 0050 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

I took a place through clearing at another university but I now want to take up my original firm choice at Manchester with my centre-assessed grades.

We've now received revised centre assessed grades from UCAS and we're determining which of our applicants can now be accepted. We're likely to have a number of applicants who were originally conditional firm with us but who are now unconditional firm elsewhere. If you now meet the conditions of our offer, we'll honour your original offer where we can for September 2020 entry or, if this isn't possible, for September 2021.

You'll receive an email once a decision has been reached along with instructions on how to proceed. You shouldn't release yourself from your current confirmed place until we have confirmed your position at Manchester.

I accepted a change of course at Manchester after my calculated grades weren't high enough for my firm choice. I now want to take up my original firm choice with my centre-assessed grades.

We've now received revised centre assessed grades from UCAS and we're determining which of our applicants can now be accepted. We're likely to have a number of applicants who were originally conditional firm with us who are now unconditional firm on a different course at Manchester. If you now meet the conditions of our offer, we'll honour your original offer where we can for September 2020 entry or, if this isn't possible, for September 2021.

You'll receive an email once a decision has been reached along with instructions on how to proceed. You shouldn't release yourself from your current confirmed place as we'll be able to make amendments to your application for you.

I'm in clearing without a place at university but I now meet the conditions of my offer at Manchester with my centre-assessed grades.

We've now received revised centre assessed grades from UCAS and we're determining which of our applicants can now be accepted. We're likely to have a number of applicants who were originally conditional firm with us who are now unconditional firm on a different course at Manchester. If you now meet the conditions of our offer, we'll honour your original offer where we can for September 2020 entry or, if this isn't possible, for September 2021.

You'll receive an email once a decision has been reached along with instructions on how to proceed.

I'm unconditional firm at Manchester, which was my original insurance choice, and I now want to return to my firm choice university with my centre-assessed grades.

We've now received revised centre assessed grades from UCAS and we're determining which of our applicants can now be accepted. We're likely to have a number of applicants who were originally conditional insurance with us (and now unconditional firm) who wish to return to their firm choice university. We'll work quickly to ensure that you are returned to original firm choice if that is where you would prefer to be.

You'll receive an email once a decision has been reached along with instructions on how to proceed. You shouldn't release yourself from your place with us until you have confirmation from your original firm choice university that can take you.

What happens if I still don’t achieve the grades required in my offer with my centre-assessed grades?

If your centre-assessed grades are marginally below the conditions of your offer we may still be able to confirm your place if there are places available on your chosen programme.

If we're unable to confirm your place at the University, you may choose to sit an exam, as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so in the autumn examination series in 2020, to improve your grades.

You'll receive an email once a decision has been reached along with instructions on how to proceed.

What if I haven't received a centre-assessed grade because I am a private candidate?

If you aren’t receiving a centre-assessment grade in summer (private candidates), then the autumn series gives you the opportunity to sit your exams and receive a (new) grade. We advise you to speak with your teachers about whether you should enter the autumn exam series.

There is a tight deadline to be entered for AS and A-levels of 4 September. Please note that this is the official deadline but schools can set their own internal deadlines too, so double check with your exams officer and make sure you meet their deadline.

AS and A-level exams will take place between 5 October and 23 October, with results being released on 17 December. For most subjects, the autumn exams will be the same as normal.

If your subject has a non-exam assessment (NEA) component, that bit will be different. There will be no NEA for most A-level assessments in autumn, except for art and design. If you decide to take an exam in the autumn, both your summer grade and autumn results are valid results. If the autumn result is your best result, then you can ask your examination/awarding organisation to send you a certificate to reflect your improved grade.

I declined my offer from Manchester but my centre assessed grades meet my offer conditions, can I get a place?

As you declined you offer from Manchester you wouldn't be reconsidered and would only be able to secure a place via clearing.

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Can I apply through clearing using my centre assessed grades?

You can search our clearing vacancies to see if your chosen course has spaces available. If we have vacancies on your chosen course, you should contact us as advised.

I’ve received my GCSE results and I don’t meet the conditions of my offer for the Nursing course, can you still take me?

Some of our courses associated with professional or regulatory bodies require you to achieve specific grades in particular GCSE subjects. If you haven't achieved the grade stated in your conditions we won't be able to confirm your place for 2020.

For entry to these courses we'd require you to sit the GCSE subject in either the autumn exam series or in summer 2021. We'd require you to make a new application for 2021 entry but your application will then be made conditional based on your 2020 offer conditions, or unconditional should you have already received your results and met any other conditions. You wouldn't be required to attend another interview or re-sit any aptitude tests (eg UCAT), but some students may be required to satisfy non-academic conditions such as a DBS check or a health screening.

My BTEC results are now being replaced with centre assessed grades but I don’t know when I will get the new results, will I be at a disadvantage?

Pearson BTEC are currently reviewing grading of BTEC Level 3 Nationals, both 2010 QCF and 2016 RQF awards. It is expected that there will be few changes to 2010 QCF awards as these are internally assessed already. There are likely to be more changes to 2016 RQF BTEC Nationals as they now contain examined units and have been subject to calculated grades. Pearson have provided a statement on their website.

We'll be identifying applicants whose offer conditions included achievement of a BTEC and where there may be a change to the grade which could affect the decision we made on 13 August. We'll ensure that these applicants aren't disadvantaged by the revised grades being delayed. Once we receive the revised results, we'll make a decision and communicate with you as soon as we're able to do so.

I'm an applicant not domiciled in England, how can I find out about centre-assessed grades for my qualifications?

So that you can access the latest information and guidance we've provided links to all of the major examination boards’ results 2020 webpages.

Exam board links