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Preparing for A Level Results Day 2023

The countdown to A Level Results Day is officially on, with Thursday 17th August just around the corner for English and Scottish students.

It’s important to remember that no matter what the outcome is on results day, there is always a plan forward if it is your dream to attend university or enroll in a particular course.

So how can you prepare for the big day? We’ve got you covered, from preparing bits in the lead-up to deciding what to do once you’ve opened the envelope.

How to Prepare for Results Day

It’s easy for people to tell you to try relaxing in the lead-up to collecting your results, but it’s not as easy to put that advice into practice. If you feel prepared for the day and ensure you have everything you need, it will help you to feel in control of those nerves.

We suggest organising the following items to bring with you:

  • Your letter from UCAS with information such as your UCAS number, and the details of the university offers you currently hold.
  • Contact details of the universities that you currently hold an offer with (firm and insurance)
  • Your results from your AS Levels
  • A pen and notepad
  • A family member or friend for support

How to collect my A-Level Results

If you plan to collect your results in person, ensure you know what times you can do so from your school or college.

If you are unable to collect your results in person, ensure your sixth form or college is aware so they can help you to make other arrangements, such as someone collecting them on your behalf or sending them out in the post.

You can also check your UCAS application online to find out any changes in status to your university application.

You can expect UCAS to update all applications at 08:00 am, as universities receive your results a few days in advance so they can make final decisions on any pending course offers made.

What Can I Expect After Receiving My Results?

It’s probably been a long time since you thought about the UCAS application process; usually, applications are received by the university and responded to in a number of ways:

  • Unconditional offer – You have been offered a place on this course with no other requirements needed.
  • Conditional offer – You have been offered a place on this course subject t the requirements set out by the university being met.

Usually, those with a conditional offer will be given two offers:

  • Firm Offer – This is your preferred choice of university.
  • Insurance Offer – This is the preferred choice of university if the requirements are not met for the university that is your Firm Offer.

As mentioned, the UCAS system is updated at 08:00 am on results day, so you will be able to see beforehand if you have achieved the requirements for your firm choice of university, should you wish to do so.

What To Do Now?

If you have received your offer confirmation from your Firm Choice of university, and you have decided to stick with this university, then congratulations! If you make no other changes, your offer will automatically be processed for you.

You will shortly receive a confirmation letter in the post, so until then, sit back and relax… and maybe start thinking about what you need to do to prepare and pack for your move to university.

If you haven’t received your firm offer or decide not to go ahead with the offer then you check if you have an offer from your Insurance Choice, and if so, if this is an offer you would like to accept.

If not, don’t worry! Clearing is here to help.

Navigating the Clearing Process

Clearing is not about failing. Some believe that everything happens for a reason, and Clearing is a second chance. It could also give you the clarity that you need; applying for university at 16/17 years old can be scary and not everyone is certain as to what career path they want.

Going through the Clearing process could open your eyes to new opportunities.

Clearing is how universities fill any spare places on their course, which means they want YOU!

Read more about the Clearing process on the UCAS website here.

Written by the Nurtur Team