This section details:
- Examinations information for students in Wales
- Applications information for students applying to university in Wales, including UCAS and clearing
- Applying for student finance in Wales.
If you’re looking for information for students in one of the other UK nations or applying to another UK nation for university, please go here for more information.
Exams and next steps
The Government has agreed with the higher education sector that all students who achieved the required grades this year will be offered a place at their first choice university or college.
The Government has also removed the caps on numbers for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, meaning that if students have met the conditions of their offer to study, they should be able to take up their place this year where there is capacity, or be offered deferred place at their chosen university or higher education provider.
For further information see here
A Level results day was on 13th August. You will have received your results from you school or college.
The Welsh Government has since announced that A-level, AS level, GCSE , Skills Challenge Certificate and Welsh Baccalaureate students will be awarded the grades predicted for them by their teachers.
You can read the full statement from the government here.
If your results are not what you expected, speak to your school or college. The deadline for the appeals process is 17th September 2020.
There will be an Autumn Exam series, for students who were either unable to secure a calculated grade in the summer, or who want to try to improve their grade. It is worth remembering that this may mean you are not able to start university this year
You can find out more about appeals and the Autumn exam series here.
A Levels and GCSEs
Estimated grades were submitted by schools to their examination’s boards for A Levels and GCSEs. The final grade will now be those submitted by the school or college based on teacher views on what learners could have achieved had they sat their exams and other evidence.
Results day in Wales was on the 13th of August for AS and A levels and will be the 20th of August for GCSEs.
Qualifications Wales has published a detailed set of FAQs on examinations in Wales. Do make sure to keep checking there for further information.
Vocational, technical and other general qualifications
Ofqual have stated that for vocational, technical and other general qualifications this year, grades will be based on the evidence of assignments, modules or class work carried out during the course, before the lockdown prevented students attending classes. This grading also applies to qualifications in Wales.
Grades for vocational, technical and other qualifications should have already been submitted to their examination body and will now be being assessed.
Please see this government guidance for full details regarding how vocational, technical and other general qualifications. will be awarded this year.
Applications and Admissions
UCAS Track opens at 8am on Thursday 13th August.
If you received the results you needed, well done!
If, however, you did not get the grades you needed, or if you have changed your mind, there are options available to you.
You will be able to see if you are in clearing on your Track account. You will need to talk to your school or college adviser who can help with clearing options.
You can find out about Clearing and Clearing Plus here.
It may also be worth considering other options, such as Foundation Level Degrees, Higher National Diplomas or Higher National Certificates.
Examinations in the Autumn
There will be an Autumn Exam series, for student who were either unable to secure a calculated grade in the summer, or who want to try to improve their grade. It is worth remembering that this may mean you are not able to start university this year
You can find out more about appeals and the Autumn exam series here
You may want to consider an Apprenticeships; you can do an apprenticeship up to degree level. For more information look here, but, remember, as with any job, you will need to apply and go through an interview process. Make sure you research this option thoroughly.
Work and gap year options
You may want to find employment this year, and apply again next year. This can enhance your personal statement and your transferable skills. However, in the current climate, it is worth remembering that there are fewer jobs and more applicants than there were previously.
You may want to take a gap year. Again, you need to research this thoroughly, as there may well be travel limitations.
You should check the following details have been made clear to you before confirmation and clearing in August:
- how much of a course is proposed to be delivered online or face-to-face, or a mix of both, if the balance between, lectures, seminars and independent learning has changed or if placements are affected.
- what support there will be in place for students to access any online learning
- any changes that may occur due public health guidance, such as changes to social distancing, and implications for provision, such as being unable to attend lectures at certain times or having to change living arrangements in student accommodation
- the terms and conditions for your course which should be clear
- how to access a clear and fair complaints process for the university or college
- cost of the course, including making clear if any discounts have been offered for the year in which adjustments will be made, and if the cost will increase to a ‘normal’ level thereafter.
If you feel that you have not received the information you need from your university or college, you can:
- Complain to your university or college.
- Check the guidance provided by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
- Check whether you can make a complaint through the Office of the Independent Adjudicator
The Welsh Government is working with UCAS and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to monitor the situation closely. As work is underway to ensure that students receive fair grades that recognise their work, the current view is that the usual admissions cycle should not be disrupted. Higher education providers in Wales are expected to take account of this when making offers to applicants.
UCAS will email you regarding your application if there are any significant changes to it.
More information and support information can be found on the Welsh Government’s student support pages.
New enhanced clearing process for admissions: There will be an enhanced clearing process for admissions for 2020, called Clearing Plus, which will match students to universities and opportunities based on their achievements and course interests. If you exceed your predicted grades, Clearing Plus can suggest alternative courses with higher entry requirements. This is to help you to have more options. You will also have the opportunity to change your choice of provider/course, even if you are ‘placed’ at a provider and after you receive your grades.
Clearing 2020: Clearing for 2020 will open on the 6th of July.
All applications must be submitted to UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on Monday the 21st of September. This is the final deadline for all courses with 2020 entry.
You must have added any Clearing choices in addition to any other uni and college applications in Track on UCAS by the 20th of October.
For up to date information on UCAS deadlines, see the UCAS website.
If you’re applying for Student Finance in Wales, you should apply for student finance as soon as possible. Although the deadline for applying has passed, the sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive your student finance. You should apply based on your first preference of university or college. There is no penalty if you withdraw or change your application later, for example, through Clearing.
The Student Loan Company have now announced measures for students who cannot currently attend their course in person. Students will receive their Maintenance Loan as intended at the start of the summer term regardless of a provider's teaching arrangements. Students will also be eligible for finance if they cannot be in the UK for their first term as long as they meet all other criteria for student finance. For more information on student finance, see the Student Loans Company Guidance.
Students with a disability or long-term health conditions should be encouraged to apply for Disabled Students Allowance as soon as possible. It currently takes approximately 14 weeks for applications to be processed so they need to apply now to ensure support is in place in time for the start of their course
The quickest and easiest way to apply is via Student Finance Wales.