A-level results 2023: here are your options whether you’ve missed your grades or made your university offers

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What to do once you get your exam results

Below, we've outlined a range of exam result scenarios and how to deal with each of them.

More like this: your guide to A-level results day 2023

I have met my firm university offer

Congratulations! If your results have met the conditions of your offer, you  don’t need to do anything else – you’re definitely in and you’ll be starting university in September.

Start getting ready by checking out our ultimate list of what to take to university and the rest of the advice in our Freshers section.

I have made my insurance offer

If you missed your firm choice but met the conditions of your insurance one, it means you’ve got a place at your insurance university. 

I’ve met my offers but changed my mind about my firm and insurance choice universities

If you’ve been offered a place but you’re having second thoughts about your choices, you can decline your place on Hub and release yourself into Clearing by using the 'decline your place' button in your application. 

We’ll go into more detail about Clearing a bit further down.

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My offer is still showing as Conditional Firm on Ucas Hub

If your offer is still showing as Conditional Firm, it means you haven’t met the conditions of the offer but the university hasn’t made a decision yet about whether or not to offer you a place.

You have a few options here. You can call up the university to find out what’s going on, you can wait for them to make a decision or you can decline the place before they’ve decided.

I did not make my university offer

If you have not been offered a firm or insurance place, you still have a few choices:

You could find a university place through Clearing

If you haven't got the results you needed, Clearing provides a way to find a university place in 2023. Over on our UniGuide section, you can read a complete guide to Clearing.

Clearing is a way for universities and colleges to fill the places they have left on their courses – there are thousands of places available every year, with plenty of them at highly ranked universities (on UniGuide).

You can find more help and advice about Clearing in our Clearing section.

You could reapply for university next year

If you prefer, you could always choose to take a year out and start again next year with a fresh application. This would also give you plenty of time to potentially take next summer’s retakes and improve your grade, if that's something you want to do. 

You could ask for a review of marking

You can get the marking of your exam reviewed if you think your grade is incorrect.

Find out more about how to get a review of marking.

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