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What to do on Results Day

What to do on Results Day

by Newcastle University

Is the thought of Results Day keeping you up at night?

We know you might be feeling anxious about getting your  results, so this step-by-step guide looks at what you need to do  - whatever the outcome of your exams - so that Results Day becomes a day of new opportunities.

In this blog we're going to concentrate on A Level Results Day.

When will I get my A Level results?

This year, A Level results in England will be published on Thursday 17 August. You can collect your actual grades from your school or college - they'll advise you on the time you can pick up your results.

Oon Results Day, you'll be able to check the status of your university offers by signing in to your UCAS Hub. It's here that you'll be able to see if your firm and insurance universities have accepted you, or if you need to apply through Clearing.  


How can I prepare for Results Day?

Results Day can be overwhelming, so it's good to have a backup plan in case you don’t get the required grades for your offers. Do some research and find out which universities have places available in Clearing for the courses you’re interested in. Make a note of entrance requirements and contact numbers.

On the day, make sure you have all your important information to hand - including your UCAS number - plus items such as a fully-charged mobile phone, notepad and pen, and your notes. Hopefully, you'll only need your phone to tell family and friends about your success, but it's best to be prepared.


What if I don't get the results I need for my firm or insurance choice university?

First of all, don't panic - it's not the end of the world. Not getting the grades you wanted is no measure of your ability and certainly no indicator of what great achievements lie ahead for you

When it comes to exams, there can be lots of factors beyond our control and sometimes things just don't work out in the way we expect them to. After you've read your resuts, take a deep breath and give yourself a moment to process the news.

At this stage, there are a number of options available to you:

  • If you've missed your required gardes by just a few marks, it might be worth getting in touch with your university choices to see if they will still accept you.
  • If you think there's been a mistake with your grades, you can appeal your results - you'll need to talk to your school about this and your teachers will advise you.
  • You can go through the Clearing process
  • You can re-sit your A Levels and reapply to university, or take a break from studying with a gap year to give yourself time to decide what you want to do next.


What happens if I go through Clearing?

If you decide to go through Clearing, this is when your Results Day preparations can really pay off.

This year, Clearing opens on Wednesday 5 July and runs until mid-October. It's a period when universities across the country advertise the vacancies they have available on a wide range of courses - and one of them could be the dream degree for you!

Once A Level results have been published, the Clearing process in England gets in to full swing.

You can only enter Clearing when you have your exam results, and if you meet the eligibilty criteria. You'll know you're in Clearing because your UCAS application will read 'You are in Clearing' and you will get a unique Clearing ID number. To learn more about the Clearing process, check out our step-by-step Clearing guide explaining how Clearing works in more detail.

Things can move quickly in Clearing so you need to reach out to universities as soon as you have your results to find the best match for you before spaces start to fill up.

Contact universities via their dedicated Clearing hotlines or over live chat. If your grades match their entry requirements you could receive a verbal offer over the phone. If you do, this will be followed by an email detailing the next steps you need to take.

For more advice on making a Clearing phone call, read our blog - there's tips on what to expect and what to say when you contact universities, 


I've got the results I need! What happens next?

Congratulations! It's been a long road to university, paved with lots of hard work and stress.

In the next few days, you will receive confirmation of your university place, outlining what you need to do so you can start planning your move to uni.  

If, for whatever reason, you haven't applied for your student finance, you'll also need to do this - so, read our blog on applying for your finance late. But for now, it's time to celebrate and recharge - you've done it!


We hope you've found this blog post useful. For more support, why not read our blog post on how to care for your mental health and keep calm during Clearing