This is one of biggest weeks in the calendar for A Level students – the week that A Level results are released and you find out not only your grades, but how that impacts the next steps in your educational journey. We’ve prepared a few handy tips on how best to prepare for the big day (as a reminder, Results Day 2017 takes place on Thursday 17th August 2017!). While our tips are targeted at students who’ve applied to university, there’s also some tips which will be useful to everyone.
- 1. Check in advance what time your school opens for Results Day and where you need to go – it will vary school to school, but the information will be available on your school website or virtual learning portal. Your school might open for results before or after UCAS track opens (which is 8am), so it’s worth thinking in advance about what order you’d like to do things in; you might want to check track before you collect your results, or vice versa and you might want to make plans with friends to collect your results together.
- 2. Make sure you have all the information you might need on Results Day ready. This might include offer letters for university places, your UCAS track number, UCAS track log in details, answers to security questions and phone numbers for your firm and insurance choices.
- 3. Fully charge your phone; you might also want to take along a portable power pack or phone charger. It’s important to make sure you’re able to make phone calls to universities if you need to – and proud relatives to let them know your results too.
- 4. If you think that your exam results might not be what you’d hoped for, or you’re not holding any offers, you might go into Clearing. If you think that’s a possibility, you can start viewing clearing vacancies at different universities now. Clearing vacancies are post on UCAS, the Telegraph or on individual universities webpages. You can find Clearing vacancies at each of our partners here:
- University of Liverpool
- Liverpool John Moores University
- Liverpool Hope University
- Edge Hill University
- Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
- University of Chester
- City of Liverpool College
- St Helens College
- Hugh Baird College
It’s helpful to start making a list of clearing courses you might be interested in ahead of time, to save time on Results Day. You can read our Guide to Clearing tomorrow for more information on how the process works and what to consider when picking a Clearing choice.
- 5. If your firm or insurance offers included any conditions which weren’t academic (for example, work experience, medical checks or DBS checks), you should revisit your offer letter this week and see if you need to send off any proof or documentation. Some universities will ask for this in advance of you starting in September, while some will want you to sort it out in September when you arrive. Either way it’s worth getting all the relevant information together ahead of Results Day – the time between Results Day and arriving at university will fly by and so it’s useful to prepare as much as you can.
- 6. If you’re holding accommodation offers at your firm or insurance, you should check ahead of Results Day if you need to do anything to confirm these after your university place is confirmed.
Good luck everyone!