First, it is important to recognise that at the moment there is nothing students can do to alter their grades or change the course of results day. With this being said, enjoy your summer holidays as it has been a long eventful year and all students deserve to relax and have fun.
This year has been a year like no other, with exams being cancelled for another year. A-Level results day is on Tuesday 10th August and students need to prepare and organise contingency plans, to ensure that they have as smooth a results day as possible. Due to the alternative exam plans, results day for A-level, GCSE, and Btec students will be earlier than usual, allowing time for the appeal process to rectify any grades that students may not be happy with. To prepare effectively in case students grades are unable to match their university offers, they should be prepared with the following:
- Fully charged mobile phone
- UCAS Clearing number – only available on UCAS Track when a student becomes eligible for clearing
- UCAS ID number and log-in details
- Printed personal statement to hand
- A working pen and paper
- Email printouts with the exact wording of any conditional offers
- Information such as telephone numbers and email addresses of any university admissions office you may be interested in contacting through clearing
If your grades are disappointing, it may be beneficial to take a social media break on results day to prevent comparison with peers and antagonising over everyone else’s results.
It may be beneficial for students to contact their colleges and sixth forms, to explore what to expect if their grades are lower than expected and for the exams offices to explain the appeals processes.
What to Expect on Results Day?
Students get their university results via UCAS Track usually around 8am, due to the sheer amount of traffic on the system it sometimes struggles to function effectively. The UCAS Track is used to check whether students have got into their first or second choice universities, meaning that they still need to go into college to collect their A-Level results. This is especially important if students need to navigate clearing or begin the appeals process. We would recommend opening your results at your place of study, this will allow teachers and exam staff to support you and offer valuable guidance about potential next steps.
If students have missed out on the grades needed to go to their firm university choice, it is worth getting in contact with the university and having a conversation to determine if they may reconsider.
A further article on the Clearing process will be released shortly, providing top tips and outlining what to expect in detail.
Whatever happens during results day, don’t worry Crecent Tuition is available to offer guidance and support if results day doesn’t quite go to plan. We can offer tuition in preparation for a further exam series in autumn, allowing students the opportunity to resit and get the grades needed to go to their first choice universities.