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A Level results day is upon us and it is an extremely important day for some 300,000 students across the country. Today marks the end of one type of education and the start of another for many students. Well, that plus the excuse to celebrate like crazy.
I am of course talking about the anticipation, the excitement and the joy of finding out whether you have made it into the University of your choice for 2012 entry. A Level results envelopes are always slowly opened to the sound of loud cheers or sighs of disappointment all over the country.
No matter what situation you are in on this A Level results day, Save The Student is here to offer you advice on how to make sure you get into university and what to prepare in time for your studies. Our whole team knows the experience that A Level students go through every year, we’ve been there ourselves not too long ago.
We spoke to current freshers and A Level students to find out what they wanted to know about A Level results day and looking forward to University. Below is a compilation of what you need to know!
Prepare for University in 2012
When you have finally sorted everything out and managed to get into University you will 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 great 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 low-down of all the things you need to prepare for when it comes to university.
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Part of saving money has to be the student discounts on offer. As a student your NUS card is like a magic ticket to money saving but where can you use it? We have the UK’s only up to date and full student discount directory showing you where you can use your magic card.
As well as discounts, there are deals for students like clothing sales, loads of freebies and offers on every aspect of your student life. Not only do we have a student deals section on the site but we also have a weekly student deals newsletter.
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- Freshers Week Survival Guide >>
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- 10 myths about university >>
- Survive shared living >>
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Did you get the A Level grades you needed?
You can track your application on the UCAS website and see whether you have been accepted into your university or not. You can decide what to do with your grades from our handy tips below.
Congratulations! If you got the results that you needed for your firm offer then there is nothing to worry about. The University must value their offer and can therefore not turn you down.
If you like you could apply to defer for a year. Unfortunately even if you wanted to you cannot simply turn down your firm offer and you will have to ring the university in order to sort this out.
Everything went better than expected
If you managed to get A Level grades better than you ever expected then UCAS have added a new scheme where they can hold your firm offer while you look for a better university or a higher entry course (should you choose to). You can apply for “adjustment” here.
If you missed out on the required grades for your firm University choice then all is not lost. It is in your best interest to call the University in order to find out if they are still willing to offer you a place. They may simply say yes or no or alternatively offer you another course or a foundation year. It is then up to you as to whether you accept the offer that they have put forward.
Only for my insurance offer
If you are given a straight no 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.
If you did not make the grades for your insurance either then it is well worth giving them a call to see if they will accept you. Be prepared to be patient as the universities may be extremely busy on the A Level results day dealing with many similar requests to yours.
I did not make the grades for my firm or insurance offer
It may be that you did not get the grades you expected for either university offer and you still want to go to university. There is no need to worry as there is still a high chance that you will be accepted into a university doing the course that you want.
If you do not want to go through clearing then you could apply for remarking (at a cost that can be refunded if it gets marked up) or simply wait a year and study again.
If you need more information on clearing and what to do to apply for it then check Save the Student’s guide on all you need to know about university clearing.