A-Level Results Day - your choices on what to do next

by Anita Naik

A-Level results day is Thursday, 18 August 2022. It's a nerve wracking time as you make decisions about your grades, universities and courses. To help yourself make sure you know how it works and what to do to next to make the most of your results.

What if I disagree with my grades?

If you are unhappy with your results, talk to your school or college first.

our school can ask, on your behalf, to see your marked exam paper. They can do this before deciding whether to request a review of marking to help to identify whether they think any mistakes were made. For more information, go to Ofqual (the process differs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

What if my grades are better than expected?

UCAS adjustment is for those with higher-than-expected grades is no longer available. If you have done much better than anticipated, you can decline your current offer (talk to your teachers first) in your UCAS application and go through Clearing.

What if I don't get the grades I need?

Not getting the A-Level grades you want doesn't mean the end of your university dreams. If you get lower than your current offer, contact your university of choice. If your grades are just under, you might still get accepted by one of your choices.

If you didn't meet the grades for the course you wanted, you might find that some universities will still offer you a place on a different course.

Clearing at UCAS opens from 8 am. If you need to find a new course, you can browse thousands of vacant places. If a university gives you an informal offer, check how long they're willing to keep the spot open for you. This way, you can get as many offers as you want before making up your mind!

How can I use Clearing?

If you originally applied for one course for £22, you'll have to pay an additional £4.50 to apply through Clearing before you start.

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. From 5 July - 19 October, and you can apply for a course using Clearing if you're not already holding an offer from a university or college,.

You can use Clearing if:

1. you didn't receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept). 2. You didn't meet the conditions of your offers. 3. You've paid the multiple-choice application fee of £26.50 (see above). 4. You've declined your firm place and are looking for another course.

But how do I find a relevant course and a university space?

Clearing Plus is available if you're unsuccessful with your application or are applying for the first time for a place in Clearing.

You'll be able to 'view your matches' in your UCAS Hub. You'll see a button in your application called 'See matches' if you're eligible.

1. First, UCAS look at the original choices you applied for, combined with your qualifications and grades.

2. Universities and colleges have already told UCAS what courses they'd like to make available in Clearing Plus (only relevant courses are included in your matches) and their entry requirements.

3. UCAS then analyse what students in Clearing went on to study in previous years.

4. The UCAS team then matches your profile to each course.

UCAS then advise the following:

1. Have your Track sign-in details handy. UCAS update records for Scottish applicants at 09:00 on SQA results day (9 August) and from 08:15 on A level results day (18 August).

2. Make sure you're available on results day because UCAS can't speak to anyone else about your application details unless you give them nominated access to speak on your behalf.

3. Check how your exam results get to your universities/colleges - most come directly to UCAS from the awarding organisations, and UCAS send them on to your choices. But if not, you should send your exam results to your universities or colleges yourself.

4. You can use Clearing if:

You didn't receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept).

You didn't meet the conditions of your offers.

You've declined your firm place using the 'decline my place' button in Track.

5. Clearing is open until 19 October.

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