Find out when you can expect to receive your A-level grades
This year, A-level results day is Thursday, 15 August 2019.
Results are available to students from 6am on that day, when they are released by exam boards. Whether you can actually get your results that early depends on when your school or college opens: many will be opening a bit later than 6am.
Some people will have seen your results already. Universities receive them several days before, so they are able to process everyone's applications. Exams office staff and headteachers can also see results before they are widely released to students – from midnight the day before.
If you're unable to pick up your results in person on the day, you can nominate someone to go on your behalf or get them over the phone. You might also find your school or college makes your results available online.
How to find out A-level results online
If your school or college offers online access, it will either email results to students or publish them on its intranet.
Some people might prefer to view their results online from home so they can be alone and look at them first thing.
Other students prefer to go in and collect them to be with their friends and celebrate.
UCAS receives students’ A-level results directly and will update Track accordingly – this usually happens at 8am.
The system will be busy with students keen to find out if they've received offers, so it may take a while to load.
While Track will not display students' results, it will change firm and insurance choices to unconditional, unconditional changed course (UCC) or unsuccessful.
Read more about what this means in our article How to log into UCAS Track and find out if you got into uni.
Read TSR’s guide to A-level results day 2019 for information and advice on Track and what to do before, on and after results day.
What to bring to results day
It is a good idea for students to take the following items with them to their school or college when they go to collect their A-level results:
- Mobile phone, to call family members
- Pen or pencil
- Notepad and writing paper
- Calculator (in case something goes wrong and the module scores don’t add up)
- UCAS and university emails with the exact wording of any conditional offers for firm and insurance choices
- Contact details for firm and insurance universities – telephone and email addresses for the main admissions office
If you think you might decline your place or be put into Clearing due to not meeting your offer requirements:
- UCAS Track number
- Universities' UCAS and Clearing numbers
- A list of the places available through Clearing via UCAS
- Notes from having researched universities and courses, with questions to ask course tutors
- Personal statement and GCSE results
If students miss the grades for university
Sometimes, universities let students in who have just missed their offer, so it might not be an issue if you don’t quite get the grades – you could still get an offer from your firm or insurance choice.
Alternatively, you might be offered an alternative course by the university. This is called a ‘changed course offer’.
If your grades mean you've missed your offers, you can search Clearing places on the UCAS website to see which universities and courses still have vacancies.
This year, Clearing opened in July and will run until 22 October. Vacancies have been advertised since early July and are constantly updated in the run-up to A-level results day.
If your Track has not updated with decisions by midday, call the universities or colleges to find out more.
What are retakes and reviews of marking?
Retakes and reviews of marking are two methods that can potentially improve an A-level grade a student is not happy with.
You'll have to wait until the next exam season to resit papers, which is next summer.
After resitting, you're entitled to use your old or new grade, as you will have two certificates, but will have to declare all marks to universities via UCAS.
Retakes are best used when a student believes they underperformed, and will work harder to get a better grade next time.
Here is TSR’s guide to retakes.
Reviews of marking are what used to be known as remarks. Marks will only be adjusted if the original marker is found to have made a ‘significant error’ in marking. Reviews of marking may result in a mark going down as well as up.
This option is available for a short period of time after students have received their results. The new grade will be final and the original grade will not count, even if it was higher.
For this reason, reviews are best used when students feel they performed much better in an exam than their mark suggests. If you're thinking about taking up this option, have a chat with your subject teacher who will be able to provide the best advice.
Here is TSR’s guide to reviews of marking.
Paying for retakes and reviews
You'll usually have to pay a fee to either retake an exam or to have marking reviewed, although your centre may choose to pay these fees for you.
The cost of retaking or reviewing is dependent on the exam board in question, so speak to your examinations officer to find out more.
Further information about fees can be found direct from the exam boards at the following links:
Declining firm and insurance places
It used to be the case that students who wanted to change their mind on their university choices on results day would have to call the universities to ask to be released into Clearing.
This year, UCAS is letting students self-release into Clearing with a new ‘decline my place’ button.
The feature is for students who:
- want to go to their insurance choice
- no longer wish to go university this year
- want to apply somewhere else
Pressing this button enables you to decline your confirmed university place. You can then choose to either accept your insurance offer, end your university application completely, or go into Clearing.
If they get better grades than they expected
If you manage to meet every part of your firm offer and, in at least one subject, exceed it, Adjustment is an opportunity to get onto a higher-tariff course or university.
If you find somewhere you would rather go instead of your firm or insurance choices, you can switch.
You get five days to use Adjustment. If you don't find a more suitable place, you can stick with your original firm choice.
Here is our guide to using Adjustment on results day.
More information on post-results services
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published its guide to post-results services. It contains comprehensive information on the possible actions that can be taken once students have received their results.
To ask more questions and read advice, visit our A-levels forum.
Alternatives to university
After A-levels, the traditional academic route is studying a bachelor degree at university.
TSR has university guides and advice on life at university in our university hub.
But it isn’t the only academic route, as some students go on to do HNCs, HNDs or other types of course.
There are also occupational routes like apprenticeships, traineeships, school leaver programmes or going straight into the world of work by getting a job.
TSR has compiled a guide for 18-year-olds on what they can do after their A-levels.
There is advice on some of these options in the Apprenticeships and Careers and Employment forums.
All the best on results day!