Getting your grades

How will I get my results?

You will be able to get your results for A/AS levels on 10th August and GCSEs on 12th August. Results will be available by:

  • Visiting Baltic Campus reception between 9am and 1pm on results day.  Reception staff will then tell you which room to go to, to collect your results.
  • If you do not come into College to collect your results on the relevant results day, we will then post the results out to you on the afternoon of the results day.


Vocational qualifications that are linked to progression to further or higher education, including some BTECs and UAL qualifications, will also be issued to students on or before 12th August.  

  • If your results can be issued before 10th August, they will be posted to you.
  • Some Level 3 vocational qualification results (*see description below) will be available on 10th August and some Level 2 vocational qualifications (*see description below) will be available on 12th August.  To receive your qualifications on those days:
    • Visit Baltic Campus reception between 9am and 1pm on 10th August (Level 3) or 12th August (Level 2).  Reception staff will then tell you which room to go to, to collect your results.
    • If you do not come into College to collect your results on the relevant results day, we will then post the results out to you on the afternoon of the results day.

*The Level 3 and Level 2 results that will be available to collect in person are the qualifications which have been awarded using Teacher Assessed Grades by the following Awarding Bodies:

  • Pearson (BTEC)
  • UAL
  • OCR (Technical qualifications)

If you have any queries about receiving your grades, please email exams@gateshead.ac.uk


What are Teacher Assessed Grades?

Back in January, the Government confirmed that GCSE, AS and A levels exams would not be going ahead during the 2020/2021 academic year and that grades would be awarded based on an assessment by your teachers. Exams for many vocational qualifications also did not take place this summer.

As a result, A Levels, GCSE and some vocational qualifications are being awarded using a process called Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG).

For qualifications where Teacher Assessed Grades apply, the Government asked your teachers to use a range of evidence to make a judgement of the grade that you should receive. You were assessed on what you had been taught and your teachers used evidence from the full duration of your course to determine your grades.

Here’s the type of evidence your teachers used for your grade assessment for Teacher Assessed Grades:

  • Your work produced in response to assessment materials provided by the exam board. This may have included questions, past papers or similar materials such as practice or sample papers
  • Any coursework you completed
  • Your work produced in response to work set by your teachers that are in-line with the specification for the qualification - this may have included class or homework (including those that took place during remote learning), internal tests and mock exams
  • Where applicable, records of your capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects such as music, drama and sport
  • Records of your progress and performance over the course of study


Can I appeal my grade?

You’ll have the right to appeal your Teacher Assesses Grades if you wish to. You should only put in an appeal once you have formally received your final grades and if you believe that there has been an error.

Appeals must be submitted to Gateshead College using the process explained below. It’s really important that you appeal through the college and not the Awarding Bodies as they won’t accept any appeals directly from you or your parents.

The rules for appealing mean there are two stages you may need to go through and this will depend on the outcome of Stage 1:

  • Stage 1 appeal - This relates to our administration and procedures and this appeal is carried out by the college.
  • Stage 2 appeal - If you believe that an error persists, a Stage 2 appeal takes place. This relates to academic judgement, administration and procedures and this appeal is carried out by the Awarding Organisation.


A Stage 1 appeal must always take place before a Stage 2 appeal is allowed.


Appeals must be submitted no later than the following dates:

  • Stage 1 appeal 
    • By Friday 13th August for priority appeals (that is, only if you applied to higher education and did not get the offer you accepted as your first choice, and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result)
    • By Friday 3rd Sept in all other cases
  • Stage 2 appeal
    • By Thursday 19th August for priority appeals (that is, only if you applied to higher education and did not get the offer you accepted as your first choice, and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result)
    • By Wednesday 15th Sept in all other cases


If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the university you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer.  You should also let us know on the appeal request form so the appeal can be treated as a priority appeal.

It’s important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the appeal process.


What’s the process for appealing my Teacher Assessed Grade?


Stage 1 appeal 

If you believe an error has been made regarding a Teacher Assessed Grade, please click here and complete Stage 1 of the form.

Please submit the completed form to exams@gateshead.ac.uk by 13th August for priority appeals (that is, only if you applied to higher education and did not get the offer you accepted as your first choice, and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result), or by 3rd Sept in all other cases.

Stage 2 appeal

If you have received feedback from a Stage 1 appeal, and you believe that there is still an error with your grade, please click here  and complete Stage 2 of the form.

Please submit the completed form to exams@gateshead.ac.uk by 19th August for priority appeals (that is, only if you applied to higher education and did not attain the offer you accepted as your first choice, and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result), or by 15th Sept in all other cases.


Our Teacher Assessed Grades process appeal follows the same process as recommended by JCQ and the Awarding Bodies. Important information for students completing appeal forms is here.


For further information on the appeals process click the links below for additional publications: