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Guidance for applicants

This page has moved. You can now find up-to-date advice and guidance for Queen Mary applicants and offer holders here.

Undergraduate applicants

Applicants wishing to appeal their result/use their mock result

If an applicant wishes to appeal their grade, or use their mock A level result, they need to do so via their school.

If they missed the grades for their offer with Queen Mary, appeal/have the use of their mock result upheld and as a result meet the terms of their original offer, we will offer them a place.

Appeals need to be lodged, via the secondary school, by 31 August. 

A-Level cancellations 

Grades for GCSE, AS and A-Level and Extended Projects (EPQ) will be determined by teachers in summer 2020, in line with strict guidance published by Ofqual. Queen Mary will accept grades awarded through the teacher assessment process described by Ofqual in this guidance. A-Level results in the UK will be released on Thursday 13 August. Further information regarding the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A-Levels can be found on the UK Government website. 

For applicants taking their qualifications in Wales, please read the WJEC guidance

For applicants taking their qualifications in Scotland, please read the statements from SQA

For CCEA applicants in Northern Ireland, please visit the CCEA website for more information. 

Further information can also be found on the UCAS website, including guidance for international students

Vocational and technical qualifications 

The Ofqual guidance does not apply to vocational and technical qualifications, however a similar approach is currently being developed. As soon as the guidance is published, we will release further guidance for these applicants. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) 

IB Certificates and Diplomas will be awarded to each student for the May 2020 session. We will use these grades to confirm decisions on applications for September 2020 entry. 

Further information on the awarding of IB grades and awards can be found on the IBO website

Private candidates 

In some cases, Centres will be asked to make an objective judgement on private candidates that have been registered at their centre. Where this is not possible, candidates will be able to sit their exams in the Autumn term. 

Further information can be found on the UCAS website

Outstanding Potential Awards 

In accordance with a request from the Minister and the Office for Students, we have paused the issue of unconditional offers to applicants. 

Furthermore, UCAS has extended the deadline for applicants who applied by 15 January to decide your firm choice to 18 June 2020. This is to ensure you’ve got the time you need to speak to your teachers and parents, and make a considered decision about which course to select as your firm choice. Applicants who have attended an interview for our Outstanding Potential Award may experience some delay. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions at


We continue to monitor updates from both the UK government and awarding bodies across the world closely and will provide further updates about Clearing as more information becomes available. We encourage undergraduate applicants to monitor information published by UCAS