Summer 2023 overview and results

In this section, you will find details of the qualifications awarded this summer together with background information and overview reports.

There is also advice on your next steps after receiving your qualifications.  

Reviews of the summer 2023 exam series 

There are two separate reviews - one looking at general qualifications (GCSE, AS and A levels and the Skills Challenge Certificate) and another covering vocational qualifications.


Summer 2023 results guides 

We have also published detailed analysis of this year's exam results for GCSE, AS and A levels.


Results data 

For a concise summary of the results data - take a look at our infographics.

Awarding qualifications

This year, the journey back to pre-pandemic qualification arrangements continues. Exams took place again during May and June, and non-examination assessments were also completed in many subjects.

Some changes were made to provide extra support for learners sitting formal exams, in the form of advance information, together with a supportive grading approach.

As the independent regulator of qualifications in Wales, our role involves overseeing WJEC and other awarding bodies as they award learners’ grades. During the pandemic, results were different to previous years. Therefore, we have implemented a slightly different approach this summer as we work towards returning to pre-pandemic arrangements.

This summer, national results for WJEC qualifications are broadly midway between the results awarded in 2019 (the last year before the pandemic) and 2022 (the first year that learners sat exams as we emerged from the pandemic).

As always, learner progression is a priority. So, we have worked closely with awarding bodies to agree procedures for awarding grades this year that build upon the usual practices, while also providing a safety net for learners.

Appeals process

If your results aren’t as expected, don’t panic. Speak to your teacher or lecturer to discuss your options. Whether you are thinking about appealing your grade or re-sitting an exam, it’s important to speak to your teacher or lecturer as soon as possible once you’ve received your results.

Schools and colleges can appeal on behalf of a learner, as they could in previous years. Watch our video on appeals for more information about the process.

Where next?

Now that this year’s results have been published, learners and parents may be looking for advice on making decisions on the next steps. Watch our video for more information about the options that are available. 

For further help and support, here is a collection of resources that can help you make decisions about your next steps:

Whether you are considering continuing with post-16 education, becoming an apprentice or applying for a degree apprenticeship, the Careers Wales website has useful information with guidance and support to help you take your next steps.  

If you would like to explore your options at a further education college in Wales, visit the Colegau Cymru website where you’ll find a list of all Welsh colleges with links to their individual websites.  

If you want to progress into higher education, the UCAS website has more information on what courses are available and how to apply.

If you’d like to take your next step into employment, Working Wales is available to support you with free advice, guidance and access to training to help you get into work and further your career.