With the clock ticking down to 15th August we thought it might be helpful to put together a brief results day guide so that you can be prepared for all eventualities. We understand that results day can sometimes be confusing and stressful, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any advice either before, on, or after the 15th.
Before Results Day
- Make sure you have your UCAS track login and personal information ready. It is worth printing off your UCAS application so that you have your GCSE grades and Personal Statement to hand should you need to phone any universities.
- If you think you might need Clearing, consider phoning up universities before the 15th to see whether they have availability on certain courses. If you sense you might be in this position, then collecting your results at school will make sure that you are surrounded by teachers and tutors who can help you on the day.
- Arrange to surround yourself with the people who will be there to celebrate with you, and if things don’t go as planned, those who will support you as you consider your next steps.
- Required Grades Achieved – you’ve achieved the grades you needed in order to be accepted at your chosen university – congratulations are in order! The UCAS system is automated and will reflect this as soon after results are released.
But have you…
- Outdone your university grade requirements or changed your mind? – UCAS Adjustment offers students the chance to reconsider where they study at university. Unlike Clearing (more on this later), Adjustment is designed for those who’ve got an unconditional offer once they’ve met or exceeded their expected results.
- Adjustment is available from results day
- If you try Adjustment you don’t lose your original offer, so it could be worth seeing what is available
- Register for Adjustment by logging in to your UCAS Track account
- You only have one Adjustment offer so only verbally accept one offer!
What to do if…
You have not met your firm or insurance offers…
- Your UCAS Track account will outline conditions of your university offers. Check your final grades against these carefully before rushing to any conclusions.
- Even if you have not achieved the conditions of your offer, some universities or colleges may provide you with an alternative offer – a 'changed course offer' (which you'll need to accept or decline). This will be outlined on your UCAS Track account.
You haven’t been accepted with your grades…
Phone your intended university: Take advice from your school before calling your universities. It can be worth ringing a university when you have not met the conditions of your offer if you:
- have just missed out on a grade by a couple of UMS marks
- intend to appeal a grade due to extenuating circumstances.
You got different grades to those your university stipulated, but they equate to the same tariff points…
- Not all universities use tariff points, so it is worth phoning universities to check. N.B. The more traditional the university the more likely they are to stipulate grade requirements, and not points.
Clearing - If you have not been offered a place you can search through the Clearing service to see what might be available.
You will be eligible for Clearing if you have not been accepted by your firm or insurance choice and it will show on your UCAS track homepage
It is important that you speak to the universities before you apply through Clearing to make sure that you have asked whether they will accept you
- Gap Year – If you cannot find a suitable course through Clearing then you might want to consider a year out. This may also provide you with the chance to boost your application for university the following year.
- Retake – If you feel that you would like to resit your A levels then it is worth considering your options. You might be able to resit at your school, alternatively you may wish to consider an independent college. Consider looking at CIFE to find out more about Independent Sixth Form Colleges.
- Re-mark – If you are having a paper (or multiple papers) re-marked, then it is important to let the university know and to ask them whether they are willing to hold the place for you. Apply for a priority re-mark so that you get the response back before 31st August acceptance deadline.
Keystone’s Consultancy Team have a wealth of experience in offering university advice, so do give us a call if needs be. We are very happy to help!
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