A-Levels Results Day
Following on from my previous blog – ‘Preparing for A-Level and University Results Days’ – this blog addresses results day itself.
On A-Levels results day, you will receive your grades. For many A-level students, university is the next step and they will find out if they have a confirmed place.
This year, results day will have a very different feel to it, in comparison to the convention. Whether that be virtual (not being able to go into schools/college to collect your results) or a socially distanced manner. Given that A-Level exams were cancelled, the awarding of results is focussed on other predicted/expected performances and indicators. Undoubtedly, this will add to the uncertainty. Also, the way that UCAS may release results and conduct clearing/adjustment could differ. Please visit their website and contact your school/college for further information.
1) Refreshing Track
For me, I had a sleepless night. I woke up early at 6am. Then, I faced a nervous 2-hour wait until Track refreshed at 8am, when I found out that my place at the University of Warwick was confirmed.
If you have received confirmation of your place at university- then congratulations. Next steps by the university will be confirmed to you. Similarly, if you don’t get a place at your firm, but get a place at your insurance option, that’s still great. You will need to see your results to identify why that might have been the case e.g. achieving just below your firm choice’s offer’s entry requirement. Alternatively, if you don’t get a place at all- there are other options available (discussed later in this blog).
2) Opening the envelope
Take a deep breath. Open the envelope. Scan the grades column. Let the grades sink in.
Did it all go to plan? Were there near misses? Speak to your teachers/ support staff (if possible) to get further information. This can include finding out the process of considering sitting actual A-Level exams (in the next sitting- when possible).
If you got higher than expected, you may want to consider adjustment. This process allows you to apply to a university with spare spaces on a course, which has higher entry requirements than your firm choice. Given your higher-than-expected results, you may find that you want to consider another university.
4) Contacting your firm/insurance choice universities.
It’s worth pointing out that if you don’t get the grades to get into university, the most important thing to initially do is consider contacting your firm and insurance choices. There might be a near-miss scenario or other mitigating circumstances that you might want to discuss with these universities. Your school/college should be able to provide you with full support on this matter.
Alternatively, if you don’t get a place, then consider clearing. Clearing is a process where universities allow students to apply for a place, after results, for spare, but limited, excess spaces that universities have. Again, your school/college should be able to support you with this process.
Please note that this blog outlines some of my experiences of results day. The list isn’t exhaustive of all the options/what to expect on results day. Many other options, such as deferring your university year, A-Level resits etc are not discussed in detail or mentioned at all in this blog. So, please speak to your school for further information on what else you should consider. Also, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it might be the case that this year’s results day’s structure will differ.
My next blog will discuss the next stage of beginning the preparation for University.