Results FAQs

My results slip

When and where will I get my results slip?
For the January 2014 series you will receive your results 6 March 2014.

What does my results slip mean?
Take a look at the Statements of results page, which explains each part of your results slip in detail.

There are only unit results on my results slip. Why does my results slip not show my overall grade?
Speak to your school/college. Your Exams Officer may need to submit a late certification request on your behalf. This will enable us to combine all your unit results into an overall grade (see Interpreting your results for more information on how your overall grade is calculated). Late certification requests are completed within seven days. If you are waiting for confirmation of a university place, please see 'How do I let UCAS know my grades?' below.

What does the ‘#’ on my results slip mean?
This character is used to indicate partial absence. It will be shown next to a grade if you submitted work for some, but not all, of the subject's components.

Why does my results slip say ‘no result’?
This means a result could not be issued, which could happen for a number of reasons. Please speak to your Exams Officer.

My name is spelt incorrectly on my results slip. Can I have it changed?
We can rectify this problem very quickly. Your Exams Officer can arrange this for you. Please make sure that you do speak to your Exams Officer as soon as possible, as there may be a charge if we have already issued your certificate.

Will I get a new results slip if my results have changed?
We will not issue updated hard copy statements of results, so you should speak to your school/college, as they will be able to provide a new statement of results.

How did OCR calculate my grade?

How do I see on my results slip what my grade is for each unit/component and overall?

Take a look at the Statement of results page, which explains each part of your results slip in detail.

What does UMS mean and how is it calculated?

UMS stands for uniform mark scale/score. This is a scale that converts raw examination marks into a common scale to use in a unitised assessment system. The weighting of units may vary, so conversion to UMS makes the marks compatible and comparable. UMS gives a fixed scale of marks with common thresholds that are unchanged series on series. See Interpreting results for more details.

What does the 'terminal rule' mean?

Take a look at our GCSE terminal rule FAQs. This explains what the terminal rule is, how it works and how it may affect your grade.

What are the grade boundaries for my qualification?

Grade boundaries for each qualification are published on the OCR website on the restricted results release date. These are in a downloadable PDF and include all qualifications - so you can search for the one you need.

My school/college applied for special consideration for me - how do I know this was taken into account in calculating my grade?

Speak to your school/college. Your Exams Officer will be able to talk you through your results and explain how special consideration has been applied.

I still don't understand how my grade was calculated. What do I do?

Contact your school/college straight away. They will be able to talk through your results with you and, if necessary, your Exams Officer will be able to submit an investigation via the appropriate route.

I'm not happy with my results

My results are missing. What do I do?

Contact your school/college straight away with your concerns. If necessary, your Exams Officer will be able to submit an investigation via the appropriate route.

I don't agree with my results. What do I do?

Contact your school/college straight away with your concerns. There are a number of post-results services available. If necessary, your Exams Officer will be able to apply for a review on your behalf.

My school/college has applied for a review on my behalf. When will I find out the outcome?

Your school/college can apply for a review on your behalf. There are different deadlines for applications/notifications of reviews - your school/college should be able to advise you of the best service to use. If your school/college has submitted a review on your behalf and you are waiting for confirmation of a university place, it is advisable to inform your university so that they can take this into account when making their decisions.

I've received the outcome of the review, but am still not happy with my results. What do I do now?

Speak to your school/college in the first instance. They can talk you through your results and the options available to you, including the appeals process.

Please note that we cannot accept enquiries about results or appeals from candidates or parents. These have to come directly from your school/college.

How much do reviews (post-results services) cost?

Reviews can only be requested through your school/college - we cannot accept requests from candidates or parents. Details of the fees we charge school/colleges can be found in the OCR Fees List. However, whether any of this fee is passed on to candidates depends on the school/college, so speak to your school/college in the first instance. 

I’ve heard there was an error on my paper. How can I be sure the result is correct?

We are confident that necessary action is taken to ensure that students receive the right results. We use a number of methods to ensure fairness so no candidate will be disadvantaged. The different methods which we can use, as appropriate, include:

  • Giving credit for an alternative answer
  • Disregarding a question
  • Asking examiners to look at crossed out work or other evidence that shows individuals may have been disadvantaged
  • Comparing performance on the affected question with the rest of the paper, particularly those questions which follow it
  • Comparing estimated and actual grades this year to those in previous years
  • Setting the grade boundaries to take account of any problems
  • Issuing a grade determined by the performance of the student on other units.

We are able to draw upon a range of statistical techniques to identify students whose performance was affected.

There is also the option for teachers to apply for special consideration for anyone who has been affected. Special consideration is a tried and tested system, well known to schools and colleges, for dealing with a wide variety of events that can impact on candidate performance.

I've applied to university and need help now I have my results

How do I confirm my grades with my university?

UCAS receives some exam results directly from OCR, which they then send to your chosen university/college. To check if your qualification is one of those forwarded to UCAS, please visit the UCAS website.

If your qualification is not listed, you will need to send your results to your chosen university/college. Once they have your results, they will check whether or not you meet the conditions of your offer and then let UCAS know if you've been accepted.

How do I let UCAS know my grades?

UCAS receives some exam results directly from OCR, which they then send to your chosen university/college. To check if your qualification is one of those forwarded to UCAS, please visit the UCAS website.

If your qualification is not listed, you will need to send your results to your chosen university/college. Once they have your results, they will check whether or not you meet the conditions of your offer and then let UCAS know if you've been accepted.

OCR updates UCAS with results daily, so, if your school/college has applied for a post-results service, UCAS will receive any updated results.

What services does UCAS offer?

UCAS offers a range of services helping you to:

  • Choose and apply for university courses
  • Track your application to see if you have been offered a place at your chosen University/college (see the UCAS website for further advice and support)
  • Understand what to do once you have received your results
  • Understand your options if you haven't received your results
  • Access information and advice about student finance.

Please contact the UCAS applicants’ helpline on 0871 468 0468 for advice. You may also find useful tips at:

You can also contact the UCAS exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000 for advice. Alternatively, if your grades aren't what you expected, there are still many options that you can explore; you may wish to apply for a university place through clearing, study further, take a gap year or even start your own business. Here are a few useful links to help you explore these options:

My certificate

When will I get my certificate?

Your certificates for examinations taken in the January 2014 series will be sent to your school/college by 31 May 2014. Please check with your Exams Officer for the exact dates they will be available to you.

My name is spelt incorrectly on my certificate. Can I have a new one?

Yes, but your school/college may charge you. Before certificates are issued, school/colleges should check that candidates' details are correct as, once they are issued, there will be a charge for personal detail amendments (e.g. to correct name misspellings). They may pass this cost on to you, so it's best to check with your school/college.

Amended certificates can be issued for six months, after which you must apply for a certifying statement of results. See the Lost certificates page for more information.

My results have changed. Can I get a new certificate?

Yes. Your school/college should keep your existing certificate while you are waiting for the outcome of an enquiry about results. If a grade changes following an enquiry, we can issue schools/colleges with an updated certificate, upon receipt of the original. We cannot issue replacement certificates if we have not received the original.

I've lost my certificate.

If you lose your certificate, you must apply for a certifying statement of results. This is a document produced on certificate stationery, which represents an official copy of the results issued on the original certificate. For more information, and to download the application form, please visit the Lost certificates page.