A-level results day - 5 helpful tips to guide you through the day
On 16 August, it’ll be A-level results day – meaning students across the UK will finally receive their long-awaited A-level exam results and find out whether they’ve been accepted into university. To make results day a little less daunting, we’ve put together our top 5 tips to help you make the most of the experience:
- Don't panic
We know it’s easier said than done but worrying about your results won’t change them. To calm the nerves the night before collecting your A-level results, take time out with your friends or family to distract you. Why not go out for a pre-results day meal or plan something fun with your friends to look forward to.
- Eat breakfast, don't skip it
Breakfast is most definitely the most important meal of the day – A-level results day is no different. Although it’s normal to feel nervous, making a potentially life changing decision on an empty stomach is definitely not ideal. Eating breakfast will help you remain focused, feel energized and improve your mood.
- Understand UCAS Track
By now, you will have received one of the two offers below for your chosen university:
Unconditional offer -Your university/college has been approved
Conditional offer - Your university or college of choice will update your track status when they receive your results to ensure you've met the course requirements.
Your UCAS Track account will update from 8am on 16 August but don’t be alarmed if your status doesn’t update immediately.
It is likely that the site could crash or be a little slower than usual due to the number of people, like yourself, that have just received their A-level exam results and are eager to find out if they have been accepted into their university of choice. For more information about how to track your application, visit the UCAS website.
- Know your options
University isn’t the be all and end all. There are alternative options available if you change your mind or don’t achieve the A-level results you expected – however, the university or college you applied to can still accept you even if this is the case.
If your heart is set on University, you can go through Clearing. Clearing is how universities and colleges fill vacancies they still have on their courses. Don’t panic if you don’t find a suitable course for you straight away, go back and try again later.
If you’re considering alternatives to university then you could still achieve an equivalent qualification – along with valuable work experience that will set you apart from many of your peers – with a higher or degree apprenticeship. These enable you to combine work with study and usually lead to a professional qualification relevant to the field you want to work in. For more information about higher and degree apprenticeships speak to your school careers advisor or take a look at the types of apprenticeships available in different business sectors.
- You don't need to make an immediate decision
Although you won’t need to make a firm decision straight away, you will need to consider your options or offers within a reasonable amount of time. Ensure you read your university offer(s) carefully as some require immediate action. If you’re unsure when you need to accept or decline an offer by, contact the university or college directly. They will be able to provide you with all the important information you need so you don’t let an opportunity slide
Need some advice on the options open to you? At Seetec we can help you make the most of the opportunities available. Get in touch with our friendly team of advisors to find out more.