After months of preparation, hours of exams and no doubt a few sleepless nights, this Thursday marks the end of two years of hard work for students all over the UK. As A-level results day approaches on 13th August, hundreds of thousands of students up and down the country have a lot riding on the final outcome.
It’s easy to pile on the pressure and convince yourself that this day is the most important day of your life, but make sure you take a minute to remember how hard you’ve worked to get to this point. No matter what the outcome may be, you have achieved your best!
Here’s how to make sure you’re ready for A-level results day:
We know this might sound silly - of course you’re going to be nervous, but it’s worth remembering that all the time and effort you’ve spent preparing for your exams is over and, as long as you’re happy that you’ve done your best, you should be proud of your achievement, whatever your grades. Spending the next few days in a state of high anxiety is not going to make any difference to your results, so try to stay calm and remember that whatever your results, everything will work out!
Having a plan of action for when results day finally arrives is one way to keep your mind focused and to avoid fretting. Here are some of our suggestions:
Check your status on UCAS Track. On the morning of results day, Track is updated at about 8 am. So if you’re lucky, there’s a chance you could find out where you stand with your university offer even before you collect your results. Don’t worry if the status of your offer hasn’t changed; it can often be busy or slow, so you might need to be patient.
Eat breakfast. This is always good advice, but on the morning of results day it’s absolutely essential – you can’t make important decisions on an empty stomach, so even if you can’t help your nerves, at least nibble on a piece of toast!
Take your phone. We know this is a pretty obvious one, as you will no doubt want to contact family and friends with your news. But your phone can also come in handy for other things – you may need to make notes, or use the calculator to check that your modules add up correctly. It’s also worth adding the contact details of your chosen universities' admissions offices in advance, in case you need to contact them for any reason on results day.
Take your university or UCAS letter with you. This way, there can be no misunderstanding as to what your results need to be for your firm and insurance offers.
If you’ve got the results you need for your firm offer – congratulations! Go and tell your family and friends! Celebrate! Once Track has been updated to show ‘conditional firm,’ UCAS will put your AS12 letter in the post and send you a copy by email. Read it carefully and follow the instructions.
If you have exceeded the requirements for your firm offer – Fantastic! If you’re interested in seeing what other courses are available to you, you could check out Adjustment. This option is available for up to five 24 hour periods from results day (13-31 August), check the UCAS website for more information.
If Track shows you’ve been unsuccessful – Don’t give up! It’s really not the end of the world. There are still steps you can take to secure your place at university. The most common option is UCAS Clearing. Last year alone, 61,300 students secured their place at university through Clearing. All Clearing vacancies will be listed on the UCAS website from 6 pm on Wednesday 12th August. In addition, the Telegraph newspaper releases a full list of clearing places available; it’s the only publication that does this, so you might like to buy a copy this week.
If you decide on Clearing, contact the universities directly to find out about the courses available and whether your application can be considered. Once Track becomes fully functional (around 5 pm or later on results day), you can enter one Clearing choice, but make sure you have discussed your application with the university first.
Once you’ve been accepted through Clearing, its time to start thinking about your accommodation. Just because you went through Clearing, it doesn’t mean that you have to settle for less. Far from it! We offer some of the best UK student accommodation in fantastic university cities, including London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Reading, and Southampton (to name just a few). Our student accommodation is superbly designed and equipped. On-site cinemas, private gyms, games rooms, workrooms, fast broadband and more... We provide what other, less discerning providers don’t. It’s well maintained and, what’s more, it’s safe. Unobtrusively, there’s always someone looking out for you if you need them.
We would like to wish all students expecting their results on Thursday the best of luck! Bear in mind our tips for results day and check out our social feeds on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram over the next few days for moral support.
You can head to the UCAS website for lots of helpful information, including useful dates and contact details for your chosen universities. For information on Collegiate properties and booking your accommodation you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01235 250 140.