Your guide to A Level Results Day 2016
Results day is upon us again and it’s the most important time of year for some 300,000 A Level students. No matter what your situation, we’re here to help!It marks the end of one type of education and the start of another for many students, as well as the excuse to celebrate – or commiserate – like crazy.
We are, of course, talking about the anticipation of finding out whether you have made it into your university of choice for 2016. Our whole team knows the experience A Level students go through, so rest assured you’re not going it alone.
We’ve spoken to both current freshers and A Level students to find out exactly you need to know about results day and preparing for uni and this guide is the outcome. Here you’ll find everything you need to know.
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Before A-Level Results Day
This year results are released on the 13th of August, no doubt a day that’s been locked into your diary for a long time now.
The vast majority of students will have to travel to school or college to pick up their results envelope, so make sure you’ve made travel arrangements in advance. Trust us, being stranded in the middle of nowhere while everyone else opens their results is not a good place to be.
It may be the last thing on your mind but you need to make sure you are prepared for any eventuality. Make sure you take a few vital thing such as a pen and notepad, your UCAS letter, contact details for your firm and insurance offer universities and a copy of your personal statement. Champagne is optional.
Even if you’re confident you’ve made the grade, do take some time to do a bit of research on other universities that may be taking students through clearing.
That way even if the worst does happen, you’ll have some contact numbers ready and waiting and be much more clued up on what other unis have to offer.
The night before can be stressful, so make sure you do something relaxing to take your mind off things. Whether you watch a film, read a book or have a bath, don’t focus on tomorrow. Herbal teas can also help you drift off and calm down.
Did you get the A Level grades you needed?
Whether you nabbed yourself a handful of A*s or just missed out on your predicted grades we’re here to make sure that you get the best out of the situation. To help you decide what to do with your grades, make sure to read our handy tips below.
I met my firm offer
Congratulations, it’s time to pop the champers! If you got the results you needed for your firm offer then there is nothing to worry about.
The university must honour their offer and cannot turn you down. If you log into your UCAS account you should see the offer as accepted and the confirmation letter (sometimes needed to open a student account) will be on its way.
If the uni hasn’t updated your status on UCAS track don’t to worry too much as it can sometimes take a little time.
The only thing stopping you now is if you decide that uni is no longer the right choice. In this instance you’ll need to ring the uni and let them know that you won’t be accepting their offer.
If you can’t get enough of the excitement then make sure you start preparing for uni right now!
Everything went better than expected
If you managed to snag better A Level grades than expected then it might be worth taking a look at a relatively new UCAS scheme for people just like you.
Essentially, they’ll hold your firm offer while you look for a better university or a higher entry course.
It’s known as “adjustment” and you can apply for it here. Once you’ve applied you have a total of 5 days to find an alternative place. Time to pick up that phone!
This said though, don’t feel as if you have to upgrade your university place if your current offer is a great fit for you. You know best after all.
I missed my firm offer
If you missed out on the required grades for your firm university choice then all is not lost. It is in your best interests to call the university and ask if they’re still willing to offer you a place, especially if you’re only a few marks off.
They may simply say yes or no, but they could also offer you another course or a foundation year. It’s also not unheard of to be offered a place for next academic year if you resit some exams and bump up your grades.
It is hard to get accepted but give yourself the best chance by selling yourself using good AS Level grades, relevant extracurricular activities and talking about why the course is the most relevant to your progression.
If you do have genuine extenuating circumstances or your tutors are supporting a re-mark of your papers, it may be worth mentioning this as well. We say this with caution though – they will ask for evidence of your circumstances, so don’t make things up, as tempting as it may be.
I met my insurance offer
If you are given a straight no from your firm offer or you choose to turn down something like a foundation year then you can look to your insurance option on your UCAS form.
If you have made the grades for this option then you will be accepted by the university… congratulations! The acceptance letter will be on its way and you can start preparing for life at uni.
I did not make the grades for my firm or insurance offer
If you did not get the grades you expected for either your firm or insurance offer but you still want to go to university, don’t panic, there are plenty of options.
There is a reasonable chance that you will be accepted into a uni doing the course that you want so always double check your UCAS account first to see if you have been offered a place at your insurance uni on another course (it will show as UCC or ‘unconditional changed course’).
If this isn’t the case then you can apply for university through clearing. If you need more information on clearing and what to do to apply for it then check our guide on all you need to know about university clearing.
However, don’t discount other options. Staying at college for a third year to re-sit some exams or take a new course is free in most cases and can boost your chances.
You might also decide to take a year out to get some relevant work experience and apply with the grades you have, especially if you’re applying to a profession-focused course.
I have decided that university isn’t for me
You may not find any places that you are interested in through clearing, you might only want to attend your firm choice or you may decide that uni isn’t for you after all.
In this case you’ll need to turn down any offer that you’ve received or simply call UCAS and tell them that you want to withdraw. It’s a huge mental and financial commitment to go to university, if you’re not up for it, it’s probably best to take some time out.
Going on a gap year, doing more studying or even getting a job might actually turn out to be a better option.
Preparing for University in 2016
When you’ve finally sorted everything out and managed to get into university you will no doubt be filled with excitement for freshers week and beyond.
If you haven’t come across us before, Save the Student is the student money advice site run by recent graduates and current students.
We have loads of exclusive offers and deals throughout the year as well as top tips on how to save money and make the most out of your time at university. Here is a quick snapshot of what we have to offer:
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We have the UK’s only up to date and full student discount directory showing you where you can use your magic card.
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All that’s left to say is that we wish you the best in any route that you take and we hope the Save the Student site can help make university life that little bit easier.
Feel free to share your A-Level results day experiences in the comments below too and we’ll also be about to try and help with any problems you might have.