Our guide to results day

Results day. A day which will decide where you will spend the next few years of your life, where you will make life-long friends and where you will learn and grow as an adult.

A-levels results are released on the 13th of August, at around 8am. Bear in mind that UCAS Track is often busy or slow, so you might need to be patient.

UCAS Track is where you will be able to find out if you have got an unconditional offer to either your firm or insurance university. If you want to find out your A-levels results, you will have to collect them from your school or college. If Track shows no change, the main reasons will be that your firm and insurance universities haven’t got to your application yet, or you have missed to meet the requirements of your offers and the universities concerned have not reached a decision yet. Either way, keep calm! If the decision still hasn’t changed by Friday morning, phone the university to find out what is happening.

Once you get the results, there are three options:

1. The first is that you have met your firm or insurance offer, in which case congratulations. You’ve made it! You might find your UCAS Track has not been updated yet, but do not be too concerned if it still showing “conditional firm”. Once the university shows your place is confirmed on Track, UCAS will upload your confirmation letter within five days and you should receive all the information you need via email/the post. Read this information carefully and follow any instructions. Keep information safe, especially your confirmation letter, as you will need to bring it with you when you start university.

If you no longer want to go to either your firm or insurance choice university, then you can still review your options in Clearing. Check out our Guide to being released into Clearing.

2. The second is that you have exceeded the requirements for your firm offer, in which case you can consider looking for a place at another university with higher entry requirements. You do not have to give up your firm offer whilst you explore what else is available for you in Adjustment.

If you do want to consider this route, you first need to register through Track. You then have five 24 hour periods (including weekends) to use it. UCAS will not publish listings of courses available through Adjustment, so you will need to call universities or check out their websites to see if they are offering Adjustment places. Once a university offers you a place over the phone, you need to let them know if you’d like to accept it. Remember you can only accept one Adjustment offer, and it’s the university that will add themselves to your application. The deadline for Adjustment is the 31st of August.

3. The third is that you have not made either your firm or insurance offer. If this happens, don’t worry! You can still apply through Clearing, which gives you a good chance of getting into a great university. Do not forget you are not alone! Last year, 55,000 students found a place through clearing.

So you’re in Clearing, what next?

Before looking into new courses and universities, contact your firm and insurance choices and the universities you applied to previously in the year. It might be the case that they still have places available, even if you did not meet the criteria. Getting an offer is not only based on your academic qualifications, but also on your personal statement. If they were very impressed by your application, they may be flexible on your results or they may have alternative courses that they can refer you to.

If not, take a look at the UCAS vacancy list online. The Clearing process may seem rushed, but take your time researching and think about which universities and courses you want to choose. Also, keep an open mind. The courses you applied to originally may not be available, but that does not mean that there are no other options. You might even find a course that interests you more in a related or un-related subject. Keep in mind that the vacancy lists are updated constantly, so it’s worth checking more than once.

Once you have identified some courses, make sure you contact the university directly by phone. You will need your Clearing number and personal ID number from UCAS Track so that universities can see your UCAS application online, as well as your A-level or equivalent results. Be prepared to answer questions about why you’re interested in the course and why you think you’re suitable for it, but stay calm and focussed – this is also your chance to ask questions about course content and university life which will help you make your decision. Universities may then give you a provisional offer over the phone – you can have as many verbal offers as you want, but once you’ve found the university that’s right for you, you’ll need to add them as a Clearing choice in Track.

Adding a clearing choice means that you are definitely accepting the offer, so once the university has reviewed your application, if they confirm the offer, it’ll show as an acceptance on the choices page of Track. UCAS will then display your confirmation letter in Track in due course. Don’t forget you can only add one choice at a time, but if the university/college doesn’t confirm your place, you’ll be able to add another.

If you need more information about Clearing 2015, there is plenty of useful information on the UCAS website. Good luck!

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