Coronavirus information and guidance

Covid-19 Information – Exam diets

Updated on 25 June 2021

With widescale disruption to education as a result of Covid-19, alternative methods have been used to replace exams and this has varied by country.

To help support applicants, St Andrews is monitoring information provided by awarding bodies around the world, updating guidance for applicants and their supporters as it becomes available. 

All applications will continue to be assessed using all the information provided, including; the context in which grades are achieved, personal statements and references.

The disruption and this year’s adaptations to the assessment process have a number of implications for school leavers hoping to go onto university and the University of St Andrews would like to offer some clarity and some reassurance to those pupils and their families and support networks in line with the statement issued from Universities Scotland.

Undergraduate Programmes

I was unable (or will be unable) to sit exams in Summer 2021.

Where you are not able to sit exams as a result of the pandemic, the following will not be classed as a resit:

  1. You choose to complete the course assessment or exam at the next available opportunity (only one exam sitting will be allowed).
  2. You receive a centre or teacher assessed grade for these subjects a second time in Summer 2022 due to exams still not being available.

When using a subsequent exam sitting to improve on centre assessed grades, these will need to be taken alongside a suite of qualifications normal to that year in order to remain competitive. Improved grades will be considered less competitive when achieved with a lower workload.