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Results day advice

Tomorrow is sixth form results day. You’re probably going to be feeling a bit nervous right now. You may be feeling confident about your results, which is great, but you can take away some of the stress by researching all your options. If you’re prepared, you can make sure that you make the best decisions, no matter what happens tomorrow.



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Start the day right

Eat a decent breakfast! – You can’t celebrate or make clear decisions about your future on an empty stomach. Everyone will be feeling the tension, so if you’re collecting your results from school or college expect screaming, shouting, whooping and mass hugs. A good brekkie will prepare you for all of it!

Understanding Ucas Track

Use UCAS track to check whether you’ve got in to your preferred university. If you make your university offer, congratulations!

Done better than you expected? Well done! If you’ve exceeded your offer, you can look at Adjustment to “trade up” to a university course with higher entry requirements. Research the university you might want to adjust to and give them a call to talk about it.

Click here to read the best universities in the UK 2018

Tackling clearing

Don’t panic if you miss your offer. Life doesn't’t always go according to plan, and that’s what Clearing is for. Approach results day with an open mind, and if you end up in clearing, be prepared to consider universities that you might not have thought about previously.

If you’re feeling anxious about the possibility of going through clearing, don’t be. It is an increasingly popular route to university. Clearing is a completely legitimate way to get on to a great course at top universities, and you shouldn't’t feel like a failure for using the system.

Do your research

One thing a lot of students forget is that universities want you as much as you want them. Ending up in clearing is not the end of the world. Do your research and talk through all your options.  We will be able to support you and help you to make the right decision.

Have a plan B

If you have a feeling that there’s even a slight chance you might end up in clearing, it pays off to do some research before results day. Courses with vacancies will be on the Ucas website from July, so go through the current vacancies and make a list of universities, course codes and their phone numbers ready for results day, just in case things don’t go to plan.

Be prepared

On the day, jot down a few points about your passion for your chosen course or subject and why you particularly like the course you’re applying to via clearing. Ask lots of questions when you phone the universities. You want to know about the course, student life, accommodation and what happens next if they give you an offer.

The path that’s right for you

Remember that university isn’t the only option. There are lots of other alternatives, such as taking a gap year, getting a job, undertaking apprenticeships or doing an internship. Take all the time you need to consider all your options. You might find that the non-university route is the one you prefer or that you just need to take a year out for a breather.

Whichever way your results day goes – good luck!