A-level results 2020

Find out more about your options and how we can support you.

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Goldsmiths supports the decision made by the government to award A-level students their Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs), which are based on teacher assessments. We are waiting to receive more information about this from UCAS and what this will mean for our support to you.

Supporting you every step of the way

This year has been particularly challenging for students looking to study at university as their next step. That’s why we’re committed to supporting as many of you as possible with your choices to study here, and our teams are working as quickly as possible to adapt to the changing circumstances and process your application to study with us.

We hope that the information on this page helps answer some of your questions but would encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any worries, concerns or doubts. Our teams will be able to support you and answer your queries.

We also know that the algorithm-calculated moderated grades and the subsequent government decision to accept the CAGs will have been a stressful time with a lot of uncertainty. It is important that you don’t panic – please talk to us to discuss your options and we can help you plan for your next steps.

Goldsmiths still has places available to study this year – explore our range of innovative and exciting courses.

If you have any questions please call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

Advice for some common scenarios 

Below are a range of scenarios that you may find yourself in.

You have already received a place on a course with us

Congratulations! We are really excited that you will be joining us this year, and our academics and student services teams can’t wait to meet you.

Please do not worry, your place is secured. If you have not yet done so, you will shortly hear from us via email and you’ll soon receive information about how to enrol.

You have applied through Clearing but not yet heard if your application has been successful

The best thing to do is to contact us and we can check on your application.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You have not yet applied and would like to apply through Clearing

Great – there are a whole range of subjects you can study at Goldsmiths, from computer science to sociology, and management to creative writing. Explore courses still taking Clearing applications.

Applying through Clearing is really straightforward and you can do it even if you haven’t applied to us or another university before. If you have your grades already you can apply using our online application form or by calling our Clearing hotline below.

If you have not yet officially received your CAGs please don’t worry either. We would encourage you to apply if your school or college have told you what these are. If you do not know what these are yet, please get in touch as we may be able to accept your application now and put it on hold until we receive them.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You would like to learn more about accommodation options

Goldsmiths has a number of student halls of residence available and it’s not too late to apply for them. Learn more about your accommodation options.

If you apply and then accept your offer from us, you will receive an email from us detailing your accommodation options. The first 150 accommodation applications through Clearing are guaranteed to receive an offer of accommodation.

Advice related to the way A-level results have been assessed and awarded this year 

Below are some scenarios that may have that have specifically arisen because of the numerous changes to the way A-level results have been assessed and awarded this year. We have tried to provide guidance for each situation, including how we will process applications with Centre Assessment Grades.

You previously applied to us but were unsuccessful

If you were previously unsuccessful in applying to Goldsmiths but have done better with your CAG results please get in touch with us to discuss your options.

Even if you are not sure if your results meet our entry requirements we understand what a challenging year it has been for you and would encourage you to get in touch. We will review any mitigating circumstances as part of your application and Goldsmiths staff are being as understanding as possible in the current situation.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You previously received an offer from us but are now holding an offer from another university

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your options around offers you previously held at Goldsmiths.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

Your Centre Assessment Grades are much better than your moderated grade results – can you apply again or will we honour an offer we made to you previously?

If you find yourself in the situation where your Centre Assessment Grades are much better than your moderated grade results, you may now be thinking of applying to Goldsmiths again with your CAGs, or you might want to know if we can honour an original offer we made to you.

In this situation, the best thing would be to contact us to discuss your options. We will consider things on a case-by-case basis.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You do not have your Centre Assessment Grades confirmed yet

UCAS will provide updated results to all universities in the near future. Your school or college may have also provided you with your results directly. We would encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss your current situation and we can best advise you how we can help you apply to Goldsmiths.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You are unsure how to confirm your Centre Assessment Grades with Goldsmiths

Universities are expecting to receive the Centre Assessment Grades soon, however you should also discuss with your school or college if you are unsure about when you will receive them. You can always contact our team if you are feeling stuck or don’t know your next steps.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You previously selected Goldsmiths as your firm or insurance choice

You may have previously accepted your offer to study at Goldsmiths but changed your mind and chose to accept an offer somewhere else.

We can discuss your options with studying at Goldsmiths (either your original course or a different one) but would advise you to also speak to the university you currently have a place at first to discuss your options.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You think your Centre Assessment Grades will be better than your moderated grades but are still concerned you do not meet our entry requirements

If your CAGs are an improvement on your previous grades, please get in touch even if you don’t meet the entry requirements for the course you are interested in.

Our academic departments and Admissions team will be as understanding and supportive as possible to your circumstances and will review all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You are a private candidate who may not have received Centre Assessment Grades

Please contact us and we can discuss your options.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You are thinking of taking your A-level exams in the autumn

The period for the A-level examinations this autumn will be between Monday 5 October and Friday 23 October.

Goldsmiths’ autumn term will start on Monday 5 October so it may not be possible for you to start your course at Goldsmiths whilst also sitting your exams.

However, we would encourage you to contact us to discuss your options if this is one of your considerations.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You have studied an International Baccalaureate (IB) and would like to apply

Goldsmiths accepts applications from students who have studied the IB.

On Monday 17 August, the International Baccalaureate Organisation announced that it would also review the final grades previously awarded following on from an internal assessment (IA), with the IA grades now determining students’ final grades.

If you had previously applied to us with your final grades and would like to apply again using your IA grades, then please contact us. If you had an application rejected based on your previous final grades please also contact us as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.

You do not have A-levels but would still like to apply

Goldsmiths accepts a wide variety of qualifications for our programmes including BTEC, Access courses and international qualifications. In all instances we would encourage you to contact us if you are unsure about whether you meet our entry requirements. We will be as helpful and supportive as possible.

We also have a number of integrated degree programmes that include a foundation year, and these do not require any formal qualifications for you to apply to. Explore our full range of integrated degree programmes.

Call us on 0800 977 4653 or speak to staff now via the live chat on this page.