Here’s what to expect on A-level results day

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What's next once you've got your grades

So A-level results day rolls around, you get the grades you need and you're off to uni. At least, that's the plan.

But maybe it ends up a bit different. Maybe you miss your grades...but you still get into uni anyway. Or, you miss your grades and your uni place - but you get your insurance instead. Or you don't get your insurance either and...gah! It all seems to get complicated pretty quickly.

Tap on the quiz below to check our results day decision maker. It's an easy way to see exactly what happens on results day - however your grades turn out.

What you can do to be ready for exam results day

Hopefully our decision maker has helped you plan what might happen on results day. For some more tips and pointers we spoke to Caroline Connell from the University of Lincoln.

"We can't help but make plans based on what we think is going to happen, but life sometimes throws us a curveball and we need to adapt or change our plans," says Caroline.

"If you get your expected grades or better and get accepted to your chosen course at your chosen university, that's great. But what happens if you don't get the grades you wanted and your first choice of university is no longer an option?

"Things can suddenly appear very complicated, but there are still many options to choose from. If you are offered your firm place, you may choose to accept that. 

"If you are offered your insurance place or if you receive no offers or even if you get better grades than expected, you might consider a totally new direction through Clearing or Clearing Plus."

Caroline's top tips ahead of results day

1. You can change your mind.  Even if you have successfully got the grades to get into your first choice, you can still look for an alternative place through Clearing to make sure you have picked the right university.

2. If you have narrowly missed the grades you needed, check with your university.  They may be happy to still accept you.

3. Have a back-up plan.  Even if you feel confident in the run-up to results day, it doesn't hurt to have a back-up plan just in case things go awry and it will put you in a better position on the day. Create a shortlist of universities you would seriously consider going to.  Make a note of their Clearing telephone numbers and make sure you're following them on Twitter for up-to-the minute course vacancies come results day." 


About our sponsor

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln accepted approximately 600 students last year through Clearing in a wide range of courses.

Situated at the heart of one of the UK's most beautiful and historic cities, the University of Lincoln is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a modern environment with inspirational teaching and a reputation for world-class research.

To find out more come to one of the University of Lincoln's Clearing Open House Days on 18,19 and 20 August 2023, or visit online here.


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