UCAS JCQ Results Embargo for A Level Results – 13 August 2020 (See Schools for Exact Details)


JCQ has announced changes to their 2020 results embargo timings.

Instead of lifting at 06:00 (UK time), the JCQ results embargo has been extended until 08:00 (UK time) on A level results day, 13 August 2020.

To see the full list of qualifications under embargo, take a look at JCQ’s website.



Why has it changed?

After discussions between JCQ, UCAS, DfE, qualification regulators across the UK, Sixth Form Colleges Association, and colleagues from both secondary and higher education sectors, it was agreed that this change was in the best interest of students, and their mental health and wellbeing.

Currently, some students can access results online from 06:00 which for most, is too early to reach out to any sort of support network – whether that be their family, school or college, chosen uni, or UCAS. By delaying the time to 08:00 (UK time), it’s more likely they’ll have access to the valuable advice and support they may need.

So, what does this mean for you and your students…

Once the embargo has lifted at 08:00 (UK time) on A level results day, Thursday 13 August:

  • Results can be shared with students and they’ll be able to access UCAS Track to check the status of their application.
  • You and your colleagues will be able to access the adviser portal to see how your students have done. We’ll also provide you with a list of your unplaced applicants so you can quickly identify those who may need help.
  • Universities and colleges can start contacting applicants and are able to discuss an individual’s status with them.

JCQ have confirmed the way your centre receives results will not change, it’s just the timings of when you can share and discuss results. They have also extended the embargo for GCSE results.

For more information about these changes, please see JCQ’s announcement.

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