Introduction: A-level Results Day
On Thursday 18 August 2016, students across the country will receive their A-level results. For many students, there will be positive news and they will be on their way to their university of choice. However, there will also be lots of students who will be left disappointed by their A-level results and unsure about what to do after not meeting the grade needed for their firm or insurance choice. It can be very disappointing to receive news that you have not met the A-level grade requirements, especially after you have worked so hard on your personal statement and revised for months for your exams.
Here are our top tips if you’ve missed the grades:
- Check UCAS Track – check your status on the UCAS website to see whether your firm choice or insurance choice have accepted you with lower A-level grades. If nothing has been uploaded onto UCAS, don’t worry. Sometimes Track may not have been updated or the university might not have received all your results.
- Don’t panic – it can be very difficult to deal with the news that you have not met either the firm or insurance offer but the most important thing is to remain calm. You have to remember that you are not alone and your school, family and friends will be there to support you in any way that they can.
- Speak to your school – your school will have years of experience of having dealt with situations where a student has not met an A-level offer and they will be able to provide you with support and guidance. Do bear in mind that the teachers are likely to be incredibly busy helping other students too so it is important to be patient.
- Phone the universities – if you haven’t met the firm or insurance offers, it is worth phoning the universities to see if they will accept you with lower A-level grades. For example, if you’ve just missed out on your A-level grades by a few UMS marks or if you plan to get any papers remarked, the university might still accept you.
- Enter Clearing – if you are eligible for Clearing, you should contact the universities directly to find out what courses are available to you – you can contact as many universities as you want. It is very tempting to accept the first offer that is made to you but do bear in mind that you should take a step back and assess whether it’s the right option after you’ve had some time to think.
- Have an organised system – keep a notepad and pen handy and create a methodical system to keep track of which universities you’ve phoned and what the outcome of the discussion was. You don’t want to waste time accidentally phoning a university twice when they said they couldn’t offer you a place the first time you phoned.