How to approach A-level results day

A-Level results day (Thursday 17th August 2023) is a significant milestone in the academic journey of every student. It’s a day filled with anticipation, nerves, and excitement as you await the outcome of your hard work and dedication. Whether you’re aiming for university admissions, apprenticeships, or other pathways, proper preparation and a positive mindset can help you make the most of this day. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of preparing for and making the most out of your A-Level results day.

Preparation is key:

Before the big day arrives, it’s important to prepare both mentally and practically. Here’s how:

  • Know the Date and Time: Make sure you’re aware of the exact date and time when results will be released. This way, you can plan your day accordingly and minimize anxiety.
  • Contact Information: Ensure your contact details are up to date with your school or examination board. This ensures you receive your results promptly and that, if you’re not available in person all parties know who you’ve nominated to access your results and who can speak on your behalf.
  • Contingency Plan: Have a plan in place in case you’re unable to access your results online. Consider having a trusted friend or family member check the results for you. If you’re worried you may not make your grades, do a little research into alternative courses that you may wish to apply for through Clearing.

On Results Day:  

Results Day Action Plan

On the day itself, follow these steps to ensure a smooth experience:

  • Start Early: Don’t wait until the last minute to access your results. Give yourself ample time to log in, especially if there are technical issues.
  • Stay Hydrated and Well-Rested: Adequate sleep and hydration can help keep stress levels in check.
  • Open Results Wisely: Your results should be available on the UCAS Track website at 8.00am but we recommend you go into school to pick them up as you may not be able to view the exact marks you achieved. 
  • Celebrate Your Achievements: Regardless of the outcome, acknowledge your efforts and celebrate your achievements so far.

Next Steps

Depending on your results, you’ll need to take specific actions:

University Admissions: If you’ve met your conditional offer, celebrate! If you’ve missed your offer, contact the university to discuss options. Clearing and adjustment processes might be available if you’ve either missed OR exceeded your offer. You can ‘decline your place’ on the UCAS portal but do not do this unless you have spoken with your school or an independent advisor and you’re clear about your next steps. If you’ve not met your grades you can consider phoning your preferred university as there may be some flexibility. Do not ask your parent/guardian to do this on your behalf; universities appreciate an independent, proactive student contacting them. 

Apprenticeships or Employment: If you’re pursuing apprenticeships or entering the workforce, research opportunities and start applying if you haven’t already.

Gap Year or Resits: If you’re considering a gap year or retaking exams, start planning these. If you will need to resit your exams you’ll only be able to do so in June 2024.4. NOT achieved your predicted grades and do not have any offers.

A note on remarks: If you feel your grades have been unfairly awarded, you can request a remark through your school or college but please remember that your marks can go up or down. If you are still unsure after a review of your marking you can appeal to the exam board. If you are doing this in relation to a specific offer you must let the university know you’re doing this. 

A-Level results day marks the culmination of your hard work and dedication, but it’s only a single step in your life’s journey. Regardless of the outcome, remember that there are countless paths to success. Maintain a positive mindset, stay prepared, and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. This day is a turning point, a chance to learn, adapt, and thrive, no matter which direction you choose. 

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