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Post Results Ser­vices GCSE and GCE type qualifications

Enquiry about Results

If you are unhap­py about an exam result, you can request a cler­i­cal re-check of mark­ing (‘review of results’) or request the marked paper (‘access to scripts’). 

Your grade can go down as well as up. A review is the stan­dard speed ser­vice for any stu­dent. A pri­or­i­ty review is a quick­er ser­vice for stu­dents whose place at a uni­ver­si­ty or oth­er high­er edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion depends on the outcome.

You can request these ser­vices for indi­vid­ual units or components.

Award­ing bod­ies will only accept appli­ca­tions for reviews of mark­ing from cen­tres and not from can­di­dates or their parents. 

What services are available?

Service 1 - Clerical re-check

A clerical re-check of a marked paper will make sure that:

  • all pages have been marked
  • all marks have been counted
  • result matches the marks on the paper

How long it takes

A clerical re-check takes up to 10 calendar days.

Service 2 - Review and priority review of marking

If you request a review or priority review of marking:

  • it includes a clerical re-check
  • a second examiner will review the paper/recording again to identify genuine marking errors or unreasonable marking
  • make sure all marks are counted

How long it takes

Up to 20 calendar days for a review of marking. Up to 15 calendar days for a priority review of marking.

Service 3 - Moderation review

This service is only available for whole subjects, not individual students. This would be in agreement and submitted by teaching staff.

This is a review of the original moderation to ensure that the assessment criteria have been fairly, reliably and consistently applied. It is not a re-moderation of candidates’ work.

Candidate consent is not required.

Where a review of marking is for A-Level, candidates will be informed that reviews of moderation may not necessarily be completed to meet individual Universities’ deadlines.

Changes to candidates’ results arising from a review of moderation cannot lead to a subsequent late request for a review of marking of a written examination component.

Disposal of scripts

Where teachers have used copies of candidates’ scripts for teaching and learning purposes but no longer wish to retain them, the centre will ensure that the scripts are disposed of in a confidential manner.

Access to Scripts - Priority copy of marked paper

This is a photocopy or scanned copy of the marked exam paper that you can use to decide whether to request a review of marking or clerical re-check.

Priority copies aren’t available for some externally assessed units

Access to Scripts – Original marked paper

Centre staff may request access to original or scanned copy of marked papers to use for teaching and learning purposes. A Candidate consent form for access must be signed by the candidate, which must be retained for six months.

Awarding bodies will send out original papers once the post-results deadline has passed.


Fees for post-results ser­vices (Access to Scripts, cler­i­cal re-checks, reviews of mark­ing and reviews of mod­er­a­tion) are set inde­pen­dent­ly by each award­ing body and must be paid to Not­ting­ham Col­lege before any appli­ca­tions can be sub­mit­ted to the Award­ing body on your behalf. 

For cler­i­cal check and reviews of mark­ing, the fee will only be refund­ed if over­all sub­ject grades are amend­ed, whether upwards or downwards.

Please note fees are per paper. Pri­or­i­ty ser­vices are not avail­able for all qualifications

Submission of requests

Com­plete the con­sent form below, which car­ries with it con­fir­ma­tion to the award­ing body that the cen­tre has obtained writ­ten consent.

All con­sent forms received will be acknowl­edged with­in 5 work­ing days. You will receive infor­ma­tion on fees due and details on how to make payment.

If con­tact and pay­ment is not made until after the dead­line for sub­mis­sion of post-results ser­vices, Not­ting­ham Col­lege is not oblig­ed to pro­ceed with the application.

Requests received after the clos­ing date will not be accepted. 

Outcome of enquiries

The out­come of each enquiry will be con­firmed by the respec­tive award­ing body.

The award­ing body will pro­vide a rea­son for the deci­sion of a review of mark­ing. If the mark has changed the rea­son will either be that an admin­is­tra­tive error had occurred or there was a mark­ing error.

The out­come of the enquiry will be post­ed to the can­di­date by the centre.

Where a grade changes and a cer­tifi­cate has pre­vi­ous­ly been issued, a replace­ment will be pro­vid­ed show­ing the revised grade once the can­di­date has returned the orig­i­nal cer­tifi­cate to the award­ing body.

UCAS will be advised of any changes to GCE qual­i­fi­ca­tion grades.

Where there has been a reduc­tion in marks or down­grade fol­low­ing a review of mark­ing, the request can­not be revoked and the orig­i­nal mark or grade will not be reinstated.

If Not­ting­ham Col­lege has con­cerns about one of its component/​subject cohorts, then a request for reviews of mark­ing for all can­di­dates they believe to be affect­ed will be submitted.

Not­ting­ham Col­lege will obtain writ­ten can­di­date con­sent for reviews of mark­ing after the pub­li­ca­tion of results, as with these ser­vices, can­di­dates’ marks and sub­ject grades may be lowered.

Can­di­dates must be aware of this pos­si­ble out­come and pro­vide writ­ten con­sent before an appli­ca­tion is sub­mit­ted. Writ­ten con­sent from the can­di­date is also accept­able by email.

All con­sent forms or emails from can­di­dates will be retained and kept for six months fol­low­ing the out­come of the review of mark­ing or any sub­se­quent appeal.

Where an award­ing body ini­ti­ates inves­ti­ga­tion action can­di­dates’ marks and sub­ject grades are not auto­mat­i­cal­ly pro­tect­ed. Can­di­dates’ marks and sub­ject grades may there­fore be low­ered, con­firmed or raised.