A/AS level results day countdown - 9 days to go!

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Results day is looming and TSR tradition means we have to have a countdown thread for everyone to get to know each other, talk about their hopes/fears and generally relax (as well as sharing advice and information before the big day). We'll update this post with pointers to advice and support soon but for now introduce yourselves

Introduce yourself
1. AS or A level?
2. What subjects?

For Yr 13:
3. What university is your firm/insurance?
4. Which subject?
5. What grades are required?
6. Going to uni this year or taking a gap year?

For everyone:
7. What grades are you predicted?
8. How are you feeling about results day?
9. Anything else to add?

FAQs

RESULTS

When can I collect my results from school/college?

That depends on the arrangements your school/college make and is likely to be different this year - if you don't know the details then ring them up on Wednesday the 12th (there should be someone in that day) and ask.

How do I collect my results online?

Again, this depends on your exam boards and/or your school/college. If you don't know then ask them directly.

When do unis get our results?

UCAS get the results from the exam boards approximately a week before results day. They spend a day or two matching them to your applications and then send them on to universities either overnight Friday or Saturday.
Universities then spend Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday MANUALLY comparing every offer to the results to decide whether applicants have met their offers or not (and if not whether they can be accepted with lower grades).

I've change my mind about the course/university I want to go to - what do I do?

See this article https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...surance-choice

Track on Results Day

When will Track update?

Track will go live AFTER 8am on results day. UCAS say 8am (and 7:30am for Advisers) - it used to go live a little earlier. but the embargo time that UCAS and universities work to has been pushed back from 6am to 8am this year so it WILL NOT be before 8am

It WON'T go live at midnight.

Once it "goes live" EVERYONE will be able to see any decisions that their universities have sent to UCAS. Just because it's live doesn't mean it will update for everyone. About 100,000 people every year don't get a clear answer from Track first thing on Results Day - they have to collect their results and then ring up their firm/insurance uni.

My Track didn't change - is it worth hitting refresh until it does?
NO - once Track goes live again it then gets re-frozen in that state (because UCAS need to handle everyone and their dog hitting refresh constantly). Track WILL NOT CHANGE between 8am and midday. Hitting refresh just slows things down for everyone else.

Give yourself some good karma - get off Track and go and buy the Telegraph(just in case), get together your contact numbers for your unis, top your phone up with credit (and charge it) and get your results from School.

what will Track show

It depends how quick your universities are. There's a lot of scenarios. The post below gives an idea of what might show,what that means and what you need to do about that. Use the flowchart at the end of this post as a quick reference
Track scenarios
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Ok let's break it down Firm is X, insurance is Y
X -CF, Y-CI - neither has decided ring firm
X-CF, Y-UI - insurance has accepted but firm not decided. Ring firm
X-CF, Y-R - insurance has rejected, firm not decided. Ring firm.
X-UF, Y-CI, firm accepted, insurance not decided. Celebrate.
X-UF, Y-UI, both accepted. You're going to your firm. Celebrate.
X-UF, Y-R, firm accepted, insurance rejected. You're going to your firm. Celebrate.
X-R, Y-CF firm rejected, insurance not deciding. Ring insurance.
X-R, Y-UF firm rejected, insurance accepted. Celebrate
X-R, Y-R both rejected. You're in clearing.
This ignores changed course offers which either university can make. Both universities do their own thing. They don't have time to look what the other is doing.



My Track didn't change! That means I failed!

NO - Universities have to MANUALLY compare every set of results with the offer conditions - even if it's a simple YES or NO for every one of those that means a lot of data input to put in to their database to send through to UCAS.
If Track hasn't changed then that means that either:
a) You've met your offer and your uni knows that and hasn't got round to telling UCAS.
b) You've met your offer and your uni doesn't know that because your results got muddled up so they're waiting to talk to you to check before telling UCAS.
c) You've missed your offer but your uni wants you anyway but hasn't got round to telling UCAS.
d) You've missed your offer but your uni want to make you an offer for a similar but less full course and haven't got round to telling UCAS.
e) You've missed your offer and your uni haven't decided yet whether they can take you or not - they might need to see how many Insurance people they have to take before they know they've got room first.
f) You've missed your offer and your firm uni doesn't want you but hasn't got round to telling UCAS.
In other words - if Track hasn't changed that doesn't give ANY indication as to whether your results are good or bad. In fact in some ways it's good - of those applicants who got a definite answer on results day last year...?....150,000 of them were rejected by both their firm and insurance and placed in Clearing. Being in limbo for a couple of hours is a GOOD thing compared to that.

My Firm place has confirmed me! That means I passed my A levels!

NO - remember - these things are decided MANUALLY....someone somewhere sits down with a pile of UCAS forms and a list of results and ticks off results against offers.

If your firm has confirmed you - well done! You're in! BUT don't go expecting to see a long line of A grades. Just as a lot of unis can be slow in sending decisions to UCAS, some unis are VERY quick and will not only confirm the people who met their offers but will have confirmed a whole BUNCH of people who missed their grades.

Clearing ARRRRGH!
TO BE ADDED CLEARING THREAD

I did really badly - what do I do now?
TO BE ADDED REMARK/RESIT THREAD

Results day stats from last year:
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On results day in 2017 (but 2018 was similar):
58% of applicants were unconditional with their FIRM
5% were unconditional with their INSURANCE
1% of applicants were already unconditional with a clearing choice (Scottish/IB/reapplicants who had their results)
15% of applicants were in limbo waiting for a decision from either their firm or insurance.
22% were in clearing (either because they had no offers initially, didn't accept an offer initially or both their firm and insurance had rejected them).

By the end of Clearing last year:
62% of applicants were unconditional with their FIRM
6% were unconditional with their INSURANCE
6% were unconditional with a CLEARING choice
5% were still in limbo (these are usually international students who don't bother sending through their results or cancelling their applications)
0.1% were unconditional with an ADJUSTMENT choice
21% were still in clearing (because they decided to take a gap year or are international and had a place in a university in another country).
So about half the limbo Track people end up with their Firm, about half find a place through clearing and a smidge end up with their insurance.



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Hellooooooo :hi: I hope I'm doing this right 😳
1. AS or A level? AS :ahee:
2. What subjects? Biology, chemistry and psychology and an EPQ (I'm not sure if it counts as a subject :hmmmm:)
7. What grades are you predicted? Apparently: A* for psychology, A*/A for biology, A for chemistry and an A for my EPQ :toofunny: but we haven't actually done the exams yet :emo: so they will probably change.
8. How are you feeling about results day? Scared because I'm know I'm going to fail everything :afraid:
9. Anything else to add? I'm scared and I like grapes and biscoff spread :yep: also I'm stressed and I want to cry :"(

Edit - I'm actually predicted an A* for my EPQ
(No pressure )

:woo:Good luck everyone!!!:woo:
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Hellooooooo :hi: I hope I'm doing this right 😳
1. AS or A level? AS :ahee:
2. What subjects? Biology, chemistry and psychology and an EPQ (I'm not sure if it counts as a subject :hmmmm:)
7. What grades are you predicted? Apparently: A* for psychology, A*/A for biology, A for chemistry and an A for my EPQ :toofunny: but we haven't actually done the exams yet :emo: so they will probably change.
8. How are you feeling about results day? Scared because I'm going to fail everything :mmm:
9. Anything else to add? I'm scared and I like grapes :yep:


:woo:Good luck everyone!!!:woo:
Best wishes for results day! Did you have separate predictions for your ASes?
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*oh no this means it's real, doesn't it*

1. AS or A level?
A Level

2. What subjects?
Politics (Edexcel), English Lit (OCR), English Lang (AQA), EPQ (AQA)
Predicted: A*AA

3. What university is your firm/insurance?
Firm - The University of Edinburgh (AAB)
Insurance - Cardiff University (ABB)

4. Which subject?
English Language and Literature

I was honestly very chill for results day with safe predicted grades and all that. Watching the IB results come in though...too many horror stories for my liking :/
Conclusion: I am officially bricking it.
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Best wishes for results day! Did you have separate predictions for your ASes?
Thank you so much! :cry2: No I don't and my teachers didn't want me to do ASes for some reason :confused:
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*oh no this means it's real, doesn't it*

1. AS or A level?
A Level

2. What subjects?
Politics (Edexcel), English Lit (OCR), English Lang (AQA), EPQ (AQA)
Predicted: A*AA

3. What university is your firm/insurance?
Firm - The University of Edinburgh (AAB)
Insurance - Cardiff University (ABB)

4. Which subject?
English Language and Literature

I was honestly very chill for results day with safe predicted grades and all that. Watching the IB results come in though...too many horror stories for my liking :/
Conclusion: I am officially bricking it.
Best wishes for the 13th! Edinburgh and Cardiff are both excellent universities.
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Best wishes for the 13th! Edinburgh and Cardiff are both excellent universities.
Cheers!
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1. AS or A level?
A level
2. What subjects?
Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, EPQ

For Yr 13:
3. What university is your firm/insurance?
CF - University of Bristol, CI - University of Exeter
4. Which subject?
Medicine
5. What grades are required?
CF - ABB/AAC (A in chemistry) ( contextual offer linked to my college), CI - ABB (A in biology or chemistry) (contextual offer linked to summer school)
6. Going to uni this year or taking a gap year?
If I get the grades uni as I kind of want to leave home now

For everyone:
7. What grades are you predicted?
A*A*A*a*
8. How are you feeling about results day?
Absolutely terrified. I spent all year working really hard and never dropped below an average grade of an A so I should be fine but I don’t know because I’m not too sure what the college will do and am slightly worried as my year has 2000 students in with 500 taking maths for example so I really don’t get how they will do the rankings.
9. Anything else to add?
I really hope everyone gets what they need on results day and wish everyone luck
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1. AS or A level?
A level
2. What subjects?
Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, EPQ

For Yr 13:
3. What university is your firm/insurance?
CF - University of Bristol, CI - University of Exeter
4. Which subject?
Medicine
5. What grades are required?
CF - ABB/AAC (A in chemistry) ( contextual offer linked to my college), CI - ABB (A in biology or chemistry) (contextual offer linked to summer school)
6. Going to uni this year or taking a gap year?
If I get the grades uni as I kind of want to leave home now

For everyone:
7. What grades are you predicted?
A*A*A*a*
8. How are you feeling about results day?
Absolutely terrified. I spent all year working really hard and never dropped below an average grade of an A so I should be fine but I don’t know because I’m not too sure what the college will do and am slightly worried as my year has 2000 students in with 500 taking maths for example so I really don’t get how they will do the rankings.
9. Anything else to add?
I really hope everyone gets what they need on results day and wish everyone luck
Best wishes to you as you await your results next month.
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Best wishes to you as you await your results next month.
Thanks
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(Original post by ashestostardust)
*oh no this means it's real, doesn't it*

1. AS or A level?
A Level

2. What subjects?
Politics (Edexcel), English Lit (OCR), English Lang (AQA), EPQ (AQA)
Predicted: A*AA

3. What university is your firm/insurance?
Firm - The University of Edinburgh (AAB)
Insurance - Cardiff University (ABB)

4. Which subject?
English Language and Literature

I was honestly very chill for results day with safe predicted grades and all that. Watching the IB results come in though...too many horror stories for my liking :/
Conclusion: I am officially bricking it.
I've just looked the the IB results day thread and I think all but 1 of the people there had quite large decreases from their predicted grades. Let's hope Ofqual and the exam boards manage A Levels better than that.
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I've just looked the the IB results day thread and I think all but 1 of the people there had quite large decreases from their predicted grades. Let's hope Ofqual and the exam boards manage A Levels better than that.
That's likely because their predicted grades weren't the grades/information sent to the exam board.

Don't forget that IBO has less information about their candidates than the UK exam boards. The UK exam boards can see GCSE performance as well as the grades and rankings provided by each centre. IBO only has the Yr 12 and 13 information sent by each centre to work from.
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That's likely because their predicted grades weren't the grades/information sent to the exam board.

Don't forget that IBO has less information about their candidates than the UK exam boards. The UK exam boards can see GCSE performance as well as the grades and rankings provided by each centre. IBO only has the Yr 12 and 13 information sent by each centre to work from.
I still don't have faith in this system. Everyone knows performance at GCSE doesn't necessarily mean the same performance at A Level
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I still don't have faith in this system. Everyone knows performance at GCSE doesn't necessarily mean the same performance at A Level
I completely understand the lack of faith in the system - it feels very uncontrollable!

There is a correlation between GCSE and A level I think if you look at the methodology that produced the ALIS data which is used in sixth forms as a rough guide for A level attainment although there will be exceptions as you have mentioned
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Introduce yourself
1. AS or A level? A-Level (I did AS last year and bricked it then too - the feeling doesn't change)
2. What subjects? Biology, Chemistry, Maths

For Yr 13:
3. What university is your firm/insurance? Nottingham
4. Which subject? Pharmacy with Integrated Pre-Registration Scheme
5. What grades are required? AAB
6. Going to uni this year or taking a gap year? Definitely going to university this year - next year's going to be HELL applying. If coronavirus didn't mess everything up, I would've most likely take a gap year

For everyone:
7. What grades are you predicted? A*AA
8. How are you feeling about results day? Fairly confident that I've got at least AAB, yet I'm absolutely ******* myself anyway
9. Anything else to add? GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!
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I completely understand the lack of faith in the system - it feels very uncontrollable!

There is a correlation between GCSE and A level I think if you look at the methodology that produced the ALIS data which is used in sixth forms as a rough guide for A level attainment although there will be exceptions as you have mentioned
It's the exceptions that I'm worried about. I really hope they get the attention needed from exam boards rather than being an afterthought. Exceptions matter, yet I think this system will end up negatively impacting them.
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I still don't have faith in this system. Everyone knows performance at GCSE doesn't necessarily mean the same performance at A Level
Oh I don't think the A level system is perfect - but it is better than the IB system due to the improved range of information and data available to exam boards and ofqual
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1. AS or A level?
A level

2. What subjects?
Biology, Chemistry, Psychology

For Yr 13:
3. What university is your firm/insurance?
Bristol (firm), Hartpury (Insurance)
4. Which subject?
Vet nursing + bioveterinary science/ vet nursing
5. What grades are required?
BB (bio+chem) C
6. Going to uni this year or taking a gap year?
This year
For everyone:
7. What grades are you predicted?
3xB (I think- it's been so long!)
8. How are you feeling about results day?

Nervous- avoiding thinking about it xD

Good luck Everyone!!
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Introduce yourself
1. AS or A level? A-Level (I did AS last year and bricked it then too - the feeling doesn't change)
2. What subjects? Biology, Chemistry, Maths

For Yr 13:
3. What university is your firm/insurance? Nottingham
4. Which subject? Pharmacy with Integrated Pre-Registration Scheme
5. What grades are required? AAB
6. Going to uni this year or taking a gap year? Definitely going to university this year - next year's going to be HELL applying. If coronavirus didn't mess everything up, I would've most likely take a gap year

For everyone:
7. What grades are you predicted? A*AA
8. How are you feeling about results day? Fairly confident that I've got at least AAB, yet I'm absolutely ******* myself anyway
9. Anything else to add? GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!
(Original post by bambi1425)
1. AS or A level?
A level

2. What subjects?
Biology, Chemistry, Psychology

For Yr 13:
3. What university is your firm/insurance?
Bristol (firm), Hartpury (Insurance)
4. Which subject?
Vet nursing + bioveterinary science/ vet nursing
5. What grades are required?
BB (bio+chem) C
6. Going to uni this year or taking a gap year?
This year
For everyone:
7. What grades are you predicted?
3xB (I think- it's been so long!)
8. How are you feeling about results day?

Nervous- avoiding thinking about it xD

Good luck Everyone!!
Best wishes as you await your results and prepare for the next step in your education.
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