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A Level Results Day: What To Do Next

If you or someone you know has received their A Level results, but are unsure of what to do next, here is our guide to your options.

I Got The Results I Need To Get Into My Chosen University

Congratulations! Get off the internet and go and celebrate.

I Got Results That Were Better Than I Expected

Double congratulations! You've secured your place on the course you wanted. But did you know you may be able to apply for a better course or university?

UCAS have introduced an Adjustment Period. This is a period of five calendar days when you can register, and potentially secure, a place on a course that requires higher grades than the ones you were expecting.

Think carefully on this though and use the full five days to consider your options.

I'm Not Sure My Results Are Enough To Get Into My Chosen University

Your offer from the universities you applied for may have been expressed in UCAS points rather than grades. You can cross check them here to find out if you have what you need.

Alternatively you can log into UCAS Track which should tell you if you’ve been accepted.

If you’re still unsure, give your chosen university a call.

I Haven’t Got The Grades Needed For My Chosen University

First of all: Don't panic!

It's still worth giving the university a call. Depending on other results they may be flexible and willing to accept you anyway. Alternatively they may be willing to offer you a place on a similar course.

If you find you don’t have a place you still have the option to go into clearing. This is where you can find universities that still have spaces on their courses.

You can access clearing options through the UCAS Track, which should give you an option to “Add Clearing”. Alternatively you can give it the personal touch and call the universities you’re interested in. This will give you the option to discuss your options and ask any questions you may have.

Missing out on the grades you hoped for can be stressful. There can be pressure from friends, family and teachers, and most of all yourself, just to get in somewhere. You need to remember that this isn’t your one and only chance to get into university. Many students take a year out between secondary school and university for all sorts of reasons. It may be worth taking this opportunity to consider your options, maybe get some work experience, re-sit your exams and apply next year.

Most of all, stay positive! You have more options than you realise.

If you want additional free advice you can call the Exams Results Helpline on 0800 100 8000

You can also get more information on the UCAS website.