This page is for people who are not currently studying for A Levels. Please read the Guide to Results Day if you have been studying for A Levels.
Many people apply to UK universities without A Levels. You may be studying for a BTEC or an Access Course, or be an international student studying the IB - or there are many more courses you may be taking!
This page is not intended to give advice on how to collect your results. If you're unsure, you will need to check with your school or college. You may also be able to find information on the exam board's website, if appropriate.
When do I get my results?
Please check with your school or college. You need to have met the terms of your offer by August 31st, so hopefully you'll get your results before then.
How do I send my results to UCAS?
UCAS will obtain these exam results from the exam boards and send them directly to your firm and insurance choices. If you're not sure then check with your school as soon as you can - they should be able to tell you. If they can't help, then contact UCAS. But it would be better to assume your results are not being sent if you really can't find out.
My results aren't sent by UCAS!
All other results must be sent directly to your universities. UCAS advise applicants to send the results as soon as they are published.
You will need to find out from your firm and insurance choices how they would like you to send your results. Some may accept an email with a scanned copy of your results slip, whilst others will want you to post them. Make sure you check this well in advance so that you know what you have to do.
If possible, try and find out who to address things to. Ask for the admissions tutor's name and then use it.
If you're posting anything then it would be a good idea to check it has been received. To do this, you could send it using a tracked method such as Special/Recorded Delivery in the UK, or equivalent for International post. Otherwise, you could include a stamped self-addressed postcard, and ask them to send it back to you. If you get your postcard you know they got your results! It would be polite to ask if they are willing to do this first, though.
What to do if you meet your offer
As long as you have met the grades stated in your offer - or you got higher grades - then you definitely have a place. You don't have to confirm anything with the universities, but you may wish to phone them.
If your offer has several parts then you will need to satisfy all of these to count as meeting your offer. This is especially relevant for IB students, who may be asked to obtain a certain amount of points overall and also points in a named subject.
- Eg 36 points overall with 7 in Maths HL
- If you obtain 36 overall but less than 7 in Maths HL you have not met your offer.
- Similarly, if you obtain less than 36 overall but get 7 in Maths HL you have also not met your offer.
Your university may wait until after A level results day to send out more information, as then they will send it to everybody at the same time. So it might take a while for you to hear anything. You don't need to panic. You might wish to check on the university's website to see if they give any indication of when they will send out accommodation forms and similar things.
What to do if you miss your offer
The most important thing to do is not to panic. There's still a chance that the university might take you anyway. You'll need to phone the university. The phone number for this may be listed on their website, or they might have sent it to you in advance; if you haven't got a special number then just phone their normal number.
If you're an international student, remember to check the time difference before phoning! Also, it may be expensive but it is the best way of contacting them. If you really can't phone then try emailing, but you may have to wait a while for a reply.
Some unis will not allow you to plead your case. If so, you can't really do anything more. However, do be prepared! If you had any mitigating circumstances, then you should ideally get your school to notify the university as soon as you read this if you haven't already. But telling them during this phone call is better than nothing. Also, point out any good results you may have had and really try to sell yourself. You may have exceeded some parts of your offer whilst missing others. Or you may have done really well in one module. Point these things out.
They may not be able to say immediately whether they can accept you. This is because universities make many more offers than they have places, and they will need to see how many students meet their offers before knowing how many others they can accept. If so, they may ask you to wait until A-level results day. If you will have any problems with this (apart from impatience!) then tell them. You may need a certain amount of notice to arrange a visa or for funding arrangements.
As a note for IB students, get your grade breakdown from your school as soon as possible. Very often, students are 1% from achieving a higher grade, and this makes re-marking a very viable option. Remember to request the grade boundaries, so that you can see how close you were. Don't forget to inform the university of what you're doing, and even if you decide not to recheck anything, you can show them if you were very close in any subject. Finally, rechecks are free if your mark increases, so there can be a lot to gain.
UCAS Track will take a while to update. The universities have to notify UCAS whether they are accepting or rejecting you, and then UCAS has to update your offers page to reflect this.
But don't worry because Track is only one way of getting confirmation of your place.
You will not receive any further letters from UCAS until your universities have confirmed everything - so this will be after Track has updated.
If you have had your place confirmed, then you will receive an AS12 letter. Read this carefully, as some unis require you to let them know whether or not you are going to take up the place. You need to keep the letter as you may need it later.
If you have been entered into Clearing, you will see your Clearing number in Track. Make sure that you have this to hand when you are talking to unis about a course in Clearing.