As this year’s A-level results day (15 August 2013) looms closer and closer, London based private tutoring agency Tutor House has come up with a guide to A-Level results day. The guide will help students understand what to expect, what to bring, what happens next and what to do if they don’t get into their first or second choice University.
Managing Director of Tutor House, Alex Dyer said, ‘We’re living in a results-driven society and kids these days are under immense pressure to achieve the right grades to enter their next school or university. Results day one of the most important days of a young person’s life, ensuring that they’re fully prepared and appreciate of the significance of this day could be the difference into reaching University or not.’
– Get a good night’s sleep the night before, and a good breakfast in the morning. Whilst easier said than done, it’s important to be fully aware and on the ball during one of the most important days of a student’s life.
– Use your smartphone or a laptop on the day to browse the UCAS and other clearing websites. Sites like The Daily Telegraph include listings of all university course vacancies, which could be the difference between getting a place and not.
– Whilst understandably very stressful, try not to panic whatever the outcome of results. Even if the first two University choices were not accepted, there may still be the option of altering your degree choice slightly. Or of course there’s still clearing and if that’s unsuccessful then there’s always next year. There are always alternative options available.
What to Bring:
There are a number of items that all students will need to bring on results day, it’s so important to think carefully about the following:
– AS Results Slips, incase you need to clarify AS and A2 results.
– A Calculator for adding up module grades
– A Pen and Paper.
– Mobile Phone (fully charged and topped up) for calling home and/or universities if clearing is required.
– UCAS and University acceptance letters for grade references.
– Personal statement and references to aid with clearing.
– Be prepared to pay for any remarks that may be required, it’s always better to send these off as soon as possible to secure that University place, remarking of exam scripts are only possible within 10 days of results coming out, so get the ball rolling quickly
What happens when you get your results?
If you got your offer:
Emotions will fly high on results day. Those with unconditional offers obviously have a lot less to worry about than those with conditional ones.
If you’ve achieved your required results and UCAS is still showing your offer as conditional, don’t worry, the online system can be sluggish to update on the day. It’s important to note not to call your University to confirm your offer unless instructed to do so, leave the lines free for those that haven’t achieved their offer. The next step would be to call mum and dad, thank them for all their support and start planning for University!
If you didn’t get your offer:
Don’t panic. There are quite a few options here. The first port of call would be to phone both of your University choices to ensure that you’ve definitely not been accepted.
Once you are absolutely sure that you failed to achieve the grades for both your first and insurance University choices, there are three decisions to consider; attempt to gain a place elsewhere through clearing, apply for a remark by the 31 consolidate and reapply for University next year. Each of these decisions should not be taken lightly, it’s important to remain calm and consider all options.
If you got higher grades than your offer:
Fantastic! By exceeding the grades required getting into your first choice University then you may look at getting a place at a different University that matches your higher grades.
You will need to go to the UCAS website and register for adjustment through Track. From there it’s down to the University’s and yourself as to whether or not you are eligible. Whilst optional, you do not have to give up your place at your current accepted University as you have only 5 days to negotiate a new offer.
What happens next?
The next 6 to 8 weeks are very important, some University courses may send reading lists for students to brush up on their knowledge for the upcoming semester and some may simply send accommodation correspondence.
Alex Dyer said, ‘Whatever happens on A Level results day, students need to remember that this is only the beginning of their lives, and not the end! With the right attitude, personality and motivation, career success is achievable. Everybody has to start somewhere in life – Sir Alan Sugar started off selling cigarette lighters!’
Whether you’re going on a gap year or starting this year, preparing for University is important. Check out The Student Room, Tutor House, University Advice and The Complete University Guide for more information.