With A-Level results about to come in, here’s what you need to know about what to do the day before, and on the day when you get your results. Results day is a stressful time for everyone, but there are ways you can help minimise fretting beforehand and on the day itself.
Results day is busy enough without having to scrabble around for information at the last minute. Make sure you prepare ahead of time, in case you miss your offers and have to use Clearing.
If you are not in the UK on the results day, check that you are able to make calls to UK landlines and that your calls will go through.
Prepare a Clearing document with the following information before results day, so that you are ready should you have to use Clearing:
A-Level Results Day 2023 is Thursday 17th August. This is the day you will find out your exam results, and find out if you have been accepted onto one of your chosen courses at university.
You school will email your results early in the morning. Check your email from 8:00am.
Your UCAS Hub will update at around 8:15am. Your university choices will have been updated and you will see one of the following messages:
If successful – congratulations! It is now time to start getting yourself ready for the move-in day.
Don’t panic! There is lots you can do if results are not what you expect. Consult with your teachers at this stage, they will know what the best courses of action are to take at this point. Options include appealing your grades or taking a gap year to reapply for the following year.
If you decide to appeal your grades, you must inform the university which is your Firm choice. The university might decide to keep your offer open until the result of your appeal and award you the place if you meet your offer conditions as a result of your appeal.
If you are determined that you want to pursue university for the coming academic year, however, you will have to go through Clearing.
Clearing allows you to apply to courses and/or universities that you might not have considered yet, if you don’t hold any offers from your firm or secondary choice universities. Before contacting universities through Clearing, have your Clearing document and pen and paper ready so that you can make notes.
Results day is stressful, but as long as you are well-prepared in advance you should soon be ready to set out on the next step in your academic journey studying a course you will love. Stay calm, support each other, and you will be in the best place possible to look forward to your future in higher education.
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