What to do on A Level Results Day
What you can do before results day
Your school or college will have told you about the arrangements for collecting your results, but there are some things you might want to think about or do in advance...
- Have a pen and paper with you.
- Don't be on holiday when your results come out.
- Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.
- Try to get some sleep the night before - being sleep deprived isn't going to help so keep active the day before to keep your mind off things.
- If you have applied to university, check Track before you leave to get your results - that way you can be prepared to talk to teachers about any issues once you have received your results.
- Arrive early to collect your results. If you go to a fairly large college or school, arriving on or after the allocated time can mean you're faced with large queues - prolonging the wait and making nerves worse.
- Being nervous is natural, but try not to get too worked up - remaining calm can mean you're better prepared to consider your next steps, whatever they may be.
- It's not the end of the world if your grades aren't what you hoped or expected - take time to consider your options, rushing in to a decision is not a good idea.
- Try not to compare your results with friends if you think there's a risk it might make you feel worse
- Don't be afraid to ask for advice from teachers or advisers - they will be keen to help you and it's their job!
What to do on results day
What to do if you have applied to university
Hopefully you'll get the exam grades you need, but if you just miss out, the university might accept you anyway.
- You might get a place on either your firm or insurance choice, depending how well your exams go
- You might be offered an alternative by the university/college - a Changed Course Offer (that you'll need to accept or decline)
- You might not get a place, but you can search through UCAS Clearing to see what courses still have vacancies
If you do better than expected..
- If you had a conditional firm offer you met and exceeded, you might be interested to investigate courses with higher entry requirements
- You can see what's available in the UCAS Adjustment Service
If things don't go according to plan..
- You could search for course vacancies in the UCAS Clearing Service
- You might want to think about other options – like a gap year, work or an Apprenticeship - either instead of higher education, or before reapplying for next year
Getting help and advice - university course
- UCAS advisers are available from 7.30 am on Thursday 17th August to answer questions from applicants, the number is 0371 4680468.
- Expert advice is also available on Twitter - @ucas_online & Facebook - facebook.com/ucasonline
- If you don’t get the results you expected (whether higher or lower) and need advice about future options, you might also find it helpful to contact professional careers advisers on the Exam Results Helpline 0808 100 8000. The line is open from 8.00 am on results day.
If you have applied for university, the After Applying: offers, adjustment, clearing, etc. section of Careerpilot provides useful information about what action to take after receiving your results
Or go to The Student Room which has a useful guide to clearing and adjustment.
If you have a place at university then www.studential.com has useful information about what to expect.
Alternatives to university
Going on to an apprenticeship or work
If you already have an offer of employment or an apprenticeship, it's a good idea to confirm this place once you have received your results. Obviously, this is especially important if your job or apprenticeship was made dependent on achieving particular grades. Whether you get the grades needed or not, it always makes sense to keep your potential employer fully informed of developments.
If you don't have a preferred option in place, you might benefit from investigating these relevant sections in Careerpilot...
Other websites with information about alternatives to university…
Be proud of your achievements
Whatever happens on results day, remember that your friends and family will be proud of you and your achievements - you have worked hard for your qualifications and can be rightly proud of yourself!