A level Results Day 2020, what to expect
A level Results Day 2020, what to expect
A level results day is on Thursday 13 August 2020.
Things might look a little different this year because of the pandemic and lack of exams but that doesn’t make it any less of a big deal. You’ve worked really hard over the last two years in preparation for this day, so breathe (!) and check out our tips on how best to prepare below.
Before results day:
- We know it’s easier said than done but try your best not to worry. Support is on hand, and there are always options.
- Talk to your parents or carers and be upfront about any worries or concerns.
- Find out from your sixth form or college how they will be organising results day:
- Do you have to go in at any particular time, or maybe use a certain entrance?
- Are your results available online because of the pandemic?
- Book a place at our online Q&A session on 12 August. We'll be there to settle any nerves and offer advice.
- Try to get a good night’s sleep. When you feel more awake, it’s easier to make better decisions.
- Think about who you want with you when you open your results. Parents? Classmates? Besties? Tutor? Or do you just want to take a peek on your own in a quiet corner?
- Make sure you’re aware of different options if things don’t go to plan. You can find information about options after Year 13 if you’re considering taking an apprenticeship or applying for a job, or keep reading for advice on what to do about uni if your results don’t go the way you want
On results day:
- Take your phone. Your nan will be itching to know what you got. Also, if you’ve applied to uni, it might be useful to take a notepad and pen and load up the UCAS website on your phone beforehand, just in case you have some ringing round to do.
- If you got the grades you needed for your first or insurance choice of uni and you’re happy with the uni you’ve chosen, great. Your place should be confirmed on UCAS Track by showing as ‘Unconditional’. Time to celebrate!
- If your grades aren’t quite what you were expecting but you see the words ‘Unconditional Changed Course’ on Track, this means that your chosen uni has offered you a different course, maybe with lower grade requirements. You can decide whether to accept, or look at different options.
- If your grades aren’t quite what you need to get into uni, firstly try not to panic. This can happen and you definitely have options. Read on to find out more about Clearing.
- If your grades are higher then expected, well done. You could think about Adjustment, where you choose a different course or uni based on your higher grades. Read on to find out more.
Clearing and Adjustment
Clearing is a service that allows students, who have not received the grades they need to get on to their chosen course, a second chance to get into uni. You can find out which university courses have spare places and make an application for one of these courses.
Vacancies are already available to search for on UCAS search, however the majority of available courses are added from results day onwards. You can use the UCAS search tool or look over the course vacancies published in the Telegraph, to decide which course you’re interested in. Once you’ve decided on the course, you can contact that university’s Clearing hotline number to find out more and discuss whether you’re a good fit.
Another thing you could do is use the new UCAS Clearing Plus tool, which ‘matches’ you with courses that might suit and allows you to select which ones you’re interested in, so that someone from the uni can call you.
When you’ve made a firm decision, you’ll need the university’s permission before adding your chosen course to Track, so make sure you get a verbal offer from them first.
Adjustment is where you can choose a different uni or course with higher entry requirements, if you achieve better grades than you expected. It’s completely optional and will depend on which courses are available and whether the uni thinks you’re a good fit. If you maybe didn’t set the bar as high as you would otherwise have done, due to your predicted grades, it’s an opportunity to get on to a course where you can reach your full potential. If you don’t manage to find anything through Adjustment however, don’t worry, as using it does not put your confirmed choice at risk.
If you have any questions about your results or if you think you might need to take some exams again later in the year, talk to your teachers and find out what you need to do. The calculator on your phone can also come in handy for adding up marks and grade boundaries.
Don’t forget to snap a quick selfie with your friends and family. You’ve done amazingly well to get to this point.
Remember, whatever happens on results day, your friends, family and teachers will be proud of you and your achievements, especially for navigating your way through the last few months.
Congratulations, class of 2020!
Georgina & Kate
Trainee careers advisers
Page updated August 2020